AFI Press Release - Key Fencing Industry Trends of 2017

1st January 2018

The fencing industry is intrinsically wrapped up in a number of other industries, meaning the success or failure of these sectors will greatly influence the fencing industry.  

One industry in particular that our team at Warefence have noticed a change in, is housing. The housing industry has been increasing rapidly in the past months and years because of the twin pressures of immigration and an increased domestic population. This is of course having a direct effect on the fencing industry in local areas where expansions are taking place, and may well have further implications on the future of the fencing industry nationwide.

Residential expansions set to rise

It comes as no surprise that residential areas are responsible for the biggest fencing market. Domestic fencing is used to create a boundary between their property and others, or to create a boundary between private and public. Fencing is of course primarily used for security reasons, to ensure the safety of one’s land or property, but it can also be used for ornamental purposes too.

The increasing pressure for housing due to an increasing population means demand for fencing is also set to increase. The government is facing increasing pressure to build new housing and deregulate the construction industry to make it easier for private companies to build new estates. For commercial fencing suppliers such as ourselves, the demand will come from new council buildings, private buildings such as schools, or new commercial estates.

Specifically, demand for fences made of composite materials are rising. These fences aren’t made of wood, but have a wood effect. The benefit of this is that they last longer and require less maintenance.

With the increase of the housing sector increasing demand for fencing itself, this predicts a need for further estate fencing replacements and fixtures in the coming 5, 10 and 20 years.

Further fencing industry trends

As well as the housing industry increasing and the impact this will have on fencing in future months and years, there are some other key fencing industry trends we’ve seen recently which may further indicate where the fencing industry might be going in the future.

Demand for high value fencing materials

High value fencing material is often linked to government and private companies as both of these types of organisation have more money to spend on security measures such as fencing, and being official and commercial buildings, have more need to do so.

Metal fencing, for instance, makes up 52% of the market in the US mainly due to an increase in government investment in public places. This trend can be seen in the UK also, with infrastructure investments such as HS2 and Crossrail requiring more high-security metal fencing to prevent trespassers from gaining access to the new rail links.

As previously said, composite materials are also becoming more popular. Although these tend to be more expensive than their wooden counterparts, they last longer and require less maintenance, so they are quickly becoming the industry standard.

The non-residential market

The non-residential market is also increasing the demand for fencing. Non-residential markets usually include construction, farming and commercial services. These companies are increasingly requiring high-security, robust fencing to provide protection.

Increasing investment from both government and private firms and increasingly economic certainty means demand for fencing is likely to increase. However, short term, the UK’s growth forecast has been cut, meaning some short-term insecurity.

Despite this, following the 2017 election, the UK government’s adherence to austerity has weakened, so it’s likely we will see an increase in government investment in various sectors, and this will definitely be good for future fencing revenues.

One thing it’s always possible to be sure of, however, is that businesses will want to protect both their products and their means of production so demand for commercial and domestic fencing needs. It’s because of this that fencing can be sure of consistent revenue from this sector in the future.