The Ultimate Guide to Bekaert Guy Strand

Stabilize your free-standing structures with Bekaert guy wires. At Bekaert Power & Utilities, we customize our products to suit your industry applications and exact specifications. We go above and beyond to identify your needs and deliver top-quality products that resist high winds and corrosion and can stand the test of time. 

Our portfolio includes a wide variety of guy wire strengths and coatings that achieve the highest performance in any environment or utility application. These applications include power and telecommunication lines, railway signals, towers, radio masts and wind turbines. 

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In this guide, you will learn more about Bekaert's specialty in guy wire for the following industries: 

What Is Guy Wire?

Guy wire has several names, including guy strand cable, guy strand wire, power line guy wire, guy rope, guy line and guy. All these titles refer to a tensioned, steel wire that stabilizes many of the largest man-made structures, including:

  • Power lines
  • Telecommunications lines
  • Railway signals
  • Towers
  • Radio masts
  • Wind turbines
  • Utility poles

Guy strand wires function the same way regardless of their application by creating an angle between the vertical structure and the ground. One end connects to a high point on the structure and the other attaches to the ground with an anchor.

Guy wire's high strength-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for securing large structures to the ground or surrounding area. These wires create an angle between the tower and the ground, so they take up space but are more cost-effective when considering initial cost, transportation and installation.

Popular Guy Wire Applications

Bekaert manufactures sturdy guy wire that can secure various free-standing structures. These structures include utility poles, radio masts and, in the telecommunications industry, telephone poles.

Utility Poles

Utility poles are buried deep underground, which makes them sturdy. However, poles at the end of long, straight sections are vulnerable to movement. Utility companies use power line guy wire to secure utility poles so that they can resist high winds, hurricanes and other severe weather.

Radio Masts

Radio masts are some of the tallest human-made structures. Therefore, they need reliable stabilizers. To create that support, installation teams affix the guy strands to the upper part of the mast. The other end of the guy strand attaches to the ground via an anchor. We use several kinds of anchors to secure radio masts and other towers, including:

  • Deadman anchors
  • Screw anchors
  • Expanding anchors
  • Grouted anchors

Electricity Masts and Wind Turbines

Bekaert guy wire also secures other types of utility structures, including electricity masts. Even alternative electricity sources, like wind power, use guy strands for security. For example, guy wires anchor wind turbines to the ground surrounding the tower to hold them in place.

Telephone Poles

Telephone poles have a large portion of their length buried underground. Most often, guy wires are necessary on dead-end transmission or anchor poles. 

That said, most telephone pole formations require at least three guy strands to secure the object properly. On a telephone pole, each guy wire creates an angle between the vertical pole and the ground. While guyed structures need a larger area for their foundation, they are more cost-effective than most self-supporting structures. 

Cell Towers

Steel guy wire also stabilizes other free-standing structures like radio transmission cell towers that support antennas for broadcasting and telecommunications. Though some radio transmission cell towers are self-supported, guyed towers are more common in wireless, broadband and point-to-point communications.

Other Guy Wire Uses

While stranded steel wire is most commonly used to stabilize tall structures, it has uses in other areas. Cable railing also relies on stranded steel wire. You can find this railing on parking decks, public walkways, balconies and other high structures that need a protected edge. Guy wire offers the durability needed for these railings and it's easy to install post-construction.

Other common uses for steel guy strands include:

  • Standing rigging on sailboat masts
  • Stabilization wire for cranes when carrying high payloads
  • Flexible ladders
  • Supports for tents
  • Various wind turbine designs

How to Select the Best Guy Strand Cable for Your Application

Steel guy wire comes in a variety of strengths, lengths and wires per strand for use in several applications, including telecommunications and electrical service guy wire. At Bekaert, we offer single-wire strands as well as manufacture guy strand with three, seven or 19 wires per cable. 

Stranded steel guy wire is most often used in applications that require high-level strength and stability. Adding more strands to a guy wire increases the strength and stability, so our 19-strand wire is the most robust option.

Bekaert manufactures a wider range of guy strands than any other supplier in North American power utility and telecom markets. Our clients determine specifications like:

  • Wires per strand: The number of wires per strand determines which weight and diameter options are available.
  • Minimum breaking strength: This factor depends on the strand's grade or how many wires you select for each strand. It describes how much force you can safely apply to the cable.
  • Minimum weight of coating: Choose a coating class that meets your needs without adding unnecessary weight to your tensioned cables.

Beyond these specifications, you'll want to consider factors like:

  • Ambient temperature
  • Contact with moisture
  • Shock and abrasion
  • Cable length and diameter
  • Steel grade

Environmental factors will influence the types of coatings you need, while elements like diameter and steel grade will reflect strength requirements. At Bekaert, we take a turnkey approach to your guy wire needs to develop a product that meets your longevity and sustainability requirements.

Prevent Corrosion With Bekaert Steel Guy Wire and Coatings

Prevent rust with the appropriate coating that meets your specifications. Bekaert provides various zinc coating options for our steel guy line, including Class A, Class B and Class C zinc galvanized coatings that meet industry standards. For clients who need extra corrosion resistance, Bekaert created Bezinal® — a zinc-aluminum alloy coating that performs well in corrosive environments.

The zinc coating on galvanized steel resists corrosion, making it the leading choice for telecommunications applications. Benefits of this coating include:

  • Cost-effective option: While zinc coatings offer extensive protection, they often come at a relatively low cost compared to other protective coatings.
  • Reduced maintenance: Significant maintenance requirements can be demanding for your team. Galvanized steel requires very little care to remain strong.
  • Increased life span: Guy wires play an essential role in many applications, so you want a durable product with a long life span. Galvanized steel provides this advantage.

The Benefits of Bekaert Guy Strand Wire

Besides advanced safety and quality, there are several benefits to securing your utility structures with Bekaert guy wire, including:

In the telecommunications industry, guy wires stabilize telephone poles — one end of the guy strand attaches to high points on the pole, and an anchor attaches the other end to the ground. There are several types of guy anchors, including dead man, grouted, expanding and screw anchors.

Telephone poles have a large portion of their length buried underground. Most often, guy wires are necessary on dead-end or anchor poles.

Corrosion Resistance

One of the most notable benefits of our galvanized steel wire solutions is their corrosion resistance. Over time, rust weakens guy wires and encourages breakage. A weak guy wire might snap under pressure, causing many issues — and health and safety concerns — for companies and the public.

However, at Bekaert, we coat all steel wires with high-quality zinc-aluminum alloy coatings that prevent oxidation. We rigorously test these coatings to ensure supreme corrosion resistance, especially for guy wires used to support telephone poles. Bezinal® even performs better than pure zinc galvanized materials under various conditions. 

Ultimately, our zinc-aluminum alloy coatings strengthen and weatherproof our guy wires, ensuring impressive longevity in the face of inclement weather. 

Stability and Strength

Steel guy wire is incredibly strong, which is why many industries rely on it to secure their tallest structures, especially along the coast or in areas vulnerable to straight-line winds. High winds can cause your towers to move but our guy strands have the strength to hold them in place. 

Bekaert steel guy wires also resist breaking, even under excessive tension. That means steel guy wire is your company's safest choice for stabilizing tower supports across the United States.

Custom Solutions

Guy wire must meet your needs for utility pole support, which is why Bekaert manufactures steel guy wire to your exact specifications. Our production facilities have incredible flexibility. We can manufacture steel wire in any shape, with any composition and mechanical characteristics. 

For industries or regions that require custom guy wire solutions, we can create guy wire cables strong enough to keep the largest and tallest utility poles secure and upright to prevent unnecessary downtime or safety issues.


You won’t need to worry about degradation, breakage or high winds with Bekaert guy wire solutions. With corrosion-resistant, galvanized coating options and standardized strength levels, Bekaert steel guy wire cables are durable enough to stand the test of time.

Why Choose Bekaert for Custom Guy Strands?

Bekaert is proud to be the leading North American supplier of galvanized steel wire. Our durable products and over 120-year reputation as the leading guy wire manufacturer set us apart as an industry leader. 

Our friendly, knowledgeable team will meet and exceed your expectations with expert advice and support. Those who need stranded steel guy wire turn to us for: 

  • American-made steel wires: All our guy strand wires meet and exceed industry quality standards, including Buy America Act provisions. We manufacture these steel wires in the United States from American-made components.
  • Superior customer service: We have unmatched customer service in our industry. Our experts create custom guy wire solutions that meet your industrial applications and unique specifications.
  • Knowledgeable sales team: Our extensive sales team is knowledgeable about our complete portfolio of safe, premium-quality products. Whatever your industry, our team will guide you through selecting the best options for your needs.
  • Custom solutions: We produce the widest range of guy wire available and offer guy strands to fit your specifications. Because we produce your order after confirming your custom specifications, you can trust you will always receive new, meticulously manufactured cables.
  • State-of-the-art manufacturing facilities: Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities give us complete control over the entire production process. 
  • End-to-end service provider: Bekaert is your one-stop shop for dependable, end-to-end guy wire manufacturing. From inquiry to installation, we will be your primary point of contact.
  • Fast lead and turnaround times: Our lead times surpass those of other guy wire companies. We also provide fast delivery for clients all over North America. 
  • Local manufacturing: Regardless of your region, we can manufacture your guy strands locally for a faster turnaround time.

Contact Bekaert Today to Request a Custom Quote

Bekaert is an electrical guy strand manufacturer and supplier you can depend on for superior product quality and exceptional customer service. When you partner with us, you take advantage of many benefits. Our clients enjoy our storm response capabilities, competitive pricing and industry-leading technical expertise. We're proud to have the most reliable sales support team and a long-standing reputation as a leading guy wire manufacturer in the industry.

Choose Bekaert for our commitment to your safety, sustainability and success. Contact us today to learn more about Bekaert's steel guy wire solutions.



  • Extensive product range
  • High corrosion resistance and standardized strength
  • Domestically produced and fast shipping
  • Packaging in both reels and coils


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