What Is Palisade Fencing?

What Is Palisade Fencing?

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In North America, palisade fencing is a relatively new product, but in many other parts of the world, it’s been used as a moderate to high-security fence system for decades.

In this article, we’re going to look at what palisade fencing is, what the components are, what the usual options are, and where palisade fencing is typically used. Here’s what you need to know.

What Does Palisade Fencing Look Like?

Palisade fencing looks very similar to ornamental fence or bar fence, as it’s sometimes known, in that it’s made from metal components with spaces between the verticals.

In some cases, it might also look very similar to the classic picket fence because the palisade pales are a similar shape.

How High Is a Palisade Fence?

Like most fences, palisade fences are made in a huge range of heights. You can get a palisade fence that’s as low as 3 feet or about 900mm, which is often used for residential property fences, or you could have a palisade fence that’s 12 feet or about 3.6 meters.

Since palisade pales are often rolled to size or cut from angle iron that comes in very long lengths, custom palisade fences can be even higher than that.

What Are the Components of a Palisade Fence?

Palisade fences come in a variety of designs for different applications, but most of them use the same basic components to create the structure of the fence. These include:

Palisade fence posts


Palisade fence posts are often made from I beams or IPEs, that have had holes punched in the web of the post, which is the longer section between the two flanges that are on the face of the I post or IPE.

Palisade fence systems might also be designed with square posts, but these are generally used for lower security palisade fence systems.

Palisade fence horizontals

Palisade fence horizontals are the horizontal members – also known as top and bottom rails – that support the palisade pales that make up the fence panel. These are usually made from angle iron, but sometimes they can also be made from steel channels or even square or rectangular tubing, usually on lower security palisade fence systems.

Brackets or fishplates

In order to attach palisade fence top and bottom rails to palisade fence posts, you will need brackets or fishplates.

Brackets are often preformed metal loops that fit around square posts on low and medium security palisade fence systems, while fishplates are solid steel plates, punched on each side, that are used to attach top and bottom rails to IPE or I beam palisade fence posts.

Palisade pales

The pickets, infills or vertical members of a palisade fence panel are called pales, and they can be made from various materials and profiles.

Some of the most common options for palisade fence pales are D section, W section, and angle iron pales.

Palisade pale spacing may vary from design to design, but they’re usually spaced to have no more than about 100mm or 4 inches between the two adjacent inside faces of the pales.

Anti sags

Sometimes, particularly with higher, heavier-duty palisade fence systems, manufacturers will include an anti-sag in each palisade fence panel.

This could be a longer pale that you bolt in the center of your panel, or it could be a separate, bolt-on component.

Anti-sags are usually planted in small concrete footings, and as the name suggests, they exist to prevent the panel from sagging in the middle due to the weight of the fence itself.


Most palisade fences will have a couple of different bolts.

One size and type is used to attach the top and bottom rails of your palisade fence to your brackets or fishplates, and another is used to bolt your palisade pales to your top and bottom rails.

Sometimes, palisade fence panels are welded instead of bolted together, and that means you’ll probably only need one type of bolt.

Is Welded Palisade Fence or Bolted Palisade Fence Better?

When it comes to attaching palisade fence pales to top and bottom rails, there are two main options: welding or bolting.

Some cheaper, lower security options might also use rivets for this, but usually, that’s for residential purposes only.

There are pros and cons to both welded palisade fences and bolted palisade fence.

Welded palisade fence is more secure, and it’s harder for anyone to get through this type of fence. However, it’s harder to install because you have to carry whole panels into place and lift them to attach them. If you have slopes on your site, you will probably also need to get panels custom-made to fit, which can be expensive.

A bolted palisade fence is a little less secure, but it’s easier to install since you install individual components on-site. This does usually take more time, though, so it can increase your labor costs.

What Finish Does Palisade Fence Come In?

Palisade fence systems are usually available in both plain galvanized options as well as painted or powder coated with a color coating.

Galvanized and color-coated palisade fence systems are often preferred for sites that are in more corrosive environments because duplex coating helps to slow down corrosion.

Where Should You Use Palisade Fence?

The applications for palisade fences are nearly endless because there are so many specifications and options.

They can be used around public spaces or even schools, provided you choose a pale style that’s rounded and not dangerous to passersby.

You could install a heavier-duty palisade fence system around a commercial property instead of ornamental fences or welded mesh fences.

There are also high-security palisade fence systems that are used for substations, military installations, airports, and other important infrastructure, often combined with fence top razor coils or even electric fences.

Where Can You Get Palisade Fence?

Not all fence companies supply and install palisade fence, so if you think this is the right fence for your project, it’s often a good idea to find a manufacturer first, and then find out if they can recommend a fence contractor in your area.

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