Category Archives: Chain Link Fence

Pros And Cons Of Chain Link Fencing

In our previous post we discussed the pros and cons of PVC vinyl fencing. In this post we will discuss chain link fencing.

Chain link fencing is certainly the most recognizable type of fencing in the U.S. Common on sports fields and parks, industrial and manufacturing facilities and many homes, chain link is an affordable solution to many problems that require fencing.

It remains a popular fence choice for a variety of reasons. Improvements have been made to chain link fencing over time to improve its durability, quality and appearance. Continue reading

What Is A Galvanized Chain Link Fence?

In a previous post we discussed the pros and cons of chain link versus wood fencing. We touched on the question of durability, noting that galvanized chain link fencing offers longer wear against the elements than does wood fencing.

In this post we will take a look at why.

Virtually all chain link fencing is what’s known as ‘galvanized’ chain link, that is that the steel fencing undergoes a chemical bonding process with zinc that protects it from rusting while adding a durable, scratch-resistant layer to the steel.

Without galvanization, the steel wire in the chain link fence would be fully exposed to moisture and oxygen, creating rust that would corrode the fence. With it, the chain link fence resists rust, extending the life of the fence.

Most often the steel fence wire is galvanized before it is woven together into the familiar chain link fence pattern. The most common method of galvanizing is called “hot-dipped galvanization.” This process submerges the steel wire in melted zinc which creates a chemical reaction that permanently bonds the two metals together. Continue reading

Part 1: What Kind Of Fence Should I Get?

After considering the factors related to what you seek out of a fence installation it is time to look at the various type of fences to see how they fit your need. In this post we’ll take a look at chain link and wood picket fences.

Chain link fencing. This is perhaps the best known and most popular fence type, mainly because of its affordability and ease of installation. The galvanized steel used in today’s chain link fencing makes it extremely durable.

When installed correctly, chain link requires no ongoing maintenance to keep looking new. There are options available to meet differing tastes and to offer privacy.

Chain link can come with a green vinyl or black vinyl coating to meet design tastes. There is also California style chain link fencing which replaces steel fence posts and rails with wood, providing a unique, natural look.

While chain link is transparent, privacy slats can be added to offer some privacy to casual observers. Continue reading