When installing an electric fence there are a number of options for electric fence wire. The following information is useful in comparing quotes, understanding quality and price differences and making a decision.
Electric Fence Wire
Three types of wire are generally used for electric fences.
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless
  • Galvanized
Electric Fence Wire
There are various factors that you need to consider before deciding on which type of wire you should use. These are:
  • The environment where the electric fence will be erected. If it is a corrosive environment, such as close to the ocean, you can expect a lot of rust.
  • The resistance of the wire i.e. how easily does the electric current move along the wire. This will determine the number of energizers that you will use for longer fences.
  • The longevity and strength of the wire.
  Let’s look at the pros and cons of the different type of wire types.  

Aluminium Alloy Electric Fence Wire

Pros:
  • Mid-range pricing.
  • Very low resistance per kilometer – so the electric current moves easily along the wire and less energizers are needed.
  • Great for environments further than 5 km from the coast line.
  • Great longevity – you are looking at about 10 years.
Cons:
  • It’s not as strong as stainless steel wire.
 

Stainless Steel Electric Fence Wire

Pros:
  • Great for fences very close to the coast line
  • It is usually the strongest type of wire
  • It has a high resistance to corrosive environments i.e. will not rust so easily
Cons:
  • Most expensive per meter
  • High resistance, so that means you will need more energizers for longer fences.
 

Galvanised Electric Fence Wire

Pros:
  • It is very cost-effective so it’s basically your cheapest wire.
Cons:
  • It lasts only about three years and then it will have to be replaced.
  Basically we have the following recommendations: If you putting a fence up close to a coastal region, use stainless steel wire. Alternatively if you’re putting a fence up further than 5 km from the coastal region use aluminium alloy braided wire.