Good News!! There is no longer a need to use metal-wire backing and chain-link fencing behind silt fence.
SMARTfence® (US Patent Pending) US 2019/0203434 is a heavy-duty high-tensile/high-modulus woven-geotextile sediment fence designed to replace silt fencing with metal wire backing and chain-link backed supports and to replace proprietary silt fences with attached reinforcing elements. SMARTfence® is specifically designed and manufactured to combine the structural supporting functions of metal wire and chain-link fence backing with the functions of silt-fence fabric. SMARTfence® will withstand high-tensile stresses and prevent excessive material elongation and strain. SMARTfence® is a 100% American-Made product.
SMARTfence® 42 is designed to meet and does exceed the tensile and modulus strength of 9-gauge chain-link fence. (Modulus is a measure of material stiffness). SMARTfence® 42 resists fence deflection and ultimate failure due to ripping, sagging, or overturning as hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces associated with excessive backwater depths and debris flows move against the fence.
SMARTfence® 36 is designed to replace silt fencing with metal-wire backing is designed to meet and does exceed the tensile and modulus strength of 12.5-gauge chain-link fence. SMARTfence® 36 resists fence deflection and ultimate failure due to ripping, sagging, and overturning as hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces associated with excessive backwater depths move against the fence.
SMARTfence® 42 and SMARTfence® 36 are designed to replace all proprietary silt fences with attached metal reinforcing elements. SMARTfence® 36 Mono is a 100% monofilament version of the 36.
SMARTfence® significantly reduces high-suspended solids concentrations in stormwater and has been tested per ASTM D 5141. SMARTfence® use will produce less carbon emissions during manufacturing as compared to steel wire and chain-link fencing manufacturing and will result in less material waste produced at the end of the service life of the fence, when compared to metal backing use.