Palisade Fencing is hugely popular across the UK due to its reliability and versatility.

Ranging from general demarcation to high security, palisade delivers on an array of perimeter security needs.

Palisade fencing holds its ranking in the fencing industry from having the ability to be cost-effective, yet meeting various levels of security needs dependent on the chosen:

  • Pale profile
  • Pale thickness
  • Pale top
  • Distance between the pales
  • Post to rail connection
  • Rail to pale fixing

Due to its various specifications, palisade can be suited to the rail and road, utilities, education, retail, industrial, airports and ports, critical infrastructure and data centres.

The Difference In Palisade Fencing Pale Profiles

There are two main types of profiles for palisade fencing, ‘W’ Pale and ‘D’ Pale as shown below:

W Pale

D Pale

The key is how the pale is rolled. Whilst it may look miniscule to the eye, there are a few key differences which we discuss below:


*Each manufacturers profile can differ.

‘W’ Pale is the more common of the two profiles. It accounts for 90% of our palisade orders (excluding StronGuard) here at Barkers.

**Whilst we don’t know the specifics of other manufacturers profile, and we speak on behalf of our profile in the review below, it will be widely similar across manufacturers.


D Pale starts life as  a 75mm wide coil ranging from 2.5mm-4mm thick. Whilst W Pale can range from 2mm-3mm thick, starting life as below:

  • 2mm thick = 93mm wide coil
  • 2.5mm thick – 93mm wide coil
  • 3mm thick – 98mm wide coil

Due to its shape, the ‘W’ profile disguises the increase of material used and the same thickness pales are not comparable in terms of steel content.

Its worth noting that although 2.5mm D pale palisade fencing can be supplied, we don’t recommend it as the pales can crush under the tension of tightening the fixing.


Due to higher steel content in W Pale, a W Pale palisade fence will offer more security than the same thickness ‘D’ Pale system. For comparison, we find that 2mm W and 3mm D can be similar in strength.


When comparing equal thicknesses of W Pale and D Pale palisade fencing systems, W Pale will be more expensive due to the increased material usage and weight of the pale.


Both W Pale and D Pale palisade fences are available with triple point, single point or round and notched tops.




When Barkers Fencing originally designed their first tested fencing system back in 2008, Barkers chose D Pale as this profile enabled us the space to weld the plate on the back of the pale and hide the fixing from the front face of the fence.

In 2016, when we started testing LPS 1175, we opted to design the panel using W Pale and developed a high tensile rivet to secure the pale to the rail.

Both profiles have reasons to be considered, and which one is right for you depends on the purpose of the fence and your budget.


If you have any further questions on palisade fencing, you can get in touch with our technical sales team on