30th November 2021

Anti-Climb Fences vs Anti-Climb Paint

Anti-climb fences and anti-climb paint are both effective security measures to protect your home or business premises from intruders. But is one option better than the other?

We’ve listed the pros and cons of both anti-climb fences and anti-climb paint to help you decide which solution would be the best security measure for your needs.

What is anti-climb paint?

Anti-climb paint is also known as anti-intruder paint or non-drying paint. It causes the surface to be extremely slippery and difficult to climb.

Advantages of anti-climb paint

  • It’s generally much cheaper than erecting anti-climb fences.
  • It causes the surface to be difficult to climb.
  • It’s easy to apply the paint yourself (just be sure to wear protective clothing).
Airport, transport and infrastructure fencing

Disadvantages of anti-climb paint

  • You need to be mindful of legal restrictions. Warning signs must be placed where they can be seen from all angles to highlight the fact that anti-climb paint is in use. If you don’t do this, you’re liable to be sued by anyone claiming damages due to injury. And (rather ridiculously) they can even claim if they were there illegally.
  • Not suitable for pet owners. If neighbours have cats that regularly climb your fences, then anti-climb paint could be problematic. Pets can’t read your anti-climb paint signs and could potentially get the paint on their paws and make a mess indoors.
  • Needs to be reapplied every couple of years.
  • Anti-climb paint stains clothing and skin. It should only be applied high up, to avoid the damage to clothes of the general public. It’s therefore really only suitable for guttering, window ledges, and other places that may be used for climbing.