Why Chain Link Fencing is a Home Run
Maybe you don’t have time to paint and stain a fence. Or maybe you don’t want to block the view of your yard. When installed correctly, chain link fences have most of the advantages of conventional wood fences, with several distinct advantages:
Low cost. Chain link fences are a great low-cost alternative to wood or vinyl fencing. Whether you’re installing a fence for your home or looking to cover acres of land, the economical price point of chain link makes it an excellent candidate. If you’re up to the challenge of installing it yourself, prepare to save even more.
Durability. Chain link fences are built to last. The wire mesh cloth that gives chain link fencing its signature look is galvanized with a corrosion-resistant zinc coating for superior protection against rain, snow or frost. In case of breaks in the mesh, a chemical treatment process called cathodic protection allows the individual wires to self-heal to prevent rust from forming.
Low maintenance. Unlike wood fences that require regular maintenance to keep looking sharp, chain link fences don’t require any additional care and will last for years. If you choose chain link, you won’t need stain, paint or sealer—just soapy water, a brush, and a hose.
Security. A major benefit of chain link fences is the ability to see the other side. You can rest easy knowing your home is protected from intruders, trespassers, and wild animals.
Keeping Your Bases Covered
First is the type of gauge. Chain link fence wire comes in a variety of thicknesses, from the thinnest available (11 gauge), medium thickness (10 gauge), to heavy-duty (9 gauge). The diameter of the wire mesh is another aspect to keep in mind, as a fence built primarily for security may need a heavier, tighter wire than one for establishing a play area.
Making the Right Call
Vinyl coating. Looking for extra protection against weathering? Choose vinyl-coated wire mesh for stronger resistance against the unpredictable outdoors. Vinyl-coated chain link fences come in a variety of colors and are especially resilient to tampering. When choosing a vinyl-coated fence, make sure the posts and top rail are reinforced. Without stronger supports, the extra weight of the vinyl coating can lead to sagging over the years.
• Single walk-through gates: The most popular choice, single walk-through gates fit one person at a time. Wider models can even let riding lawn mowers pass. Single gates are typically available in 36-, 42-, and 48-inch widths.
With so many options for security and privacy, and nearly zero maintenance required, chain link fencing is a solid choice for any fencing project. Whether you’re looking to keep out grounders or just want to be safe at home base, a chain link fence will knock it out of the park every time.
Written by Kelly Anne Sullivan