Chain Link Fence
A chain link fence (also referred to as wire netting, wire mesh fence, chain-wire fence, cyclone fence, hurricane fence, or diamond-mesh fence) is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized or LLDPE-coated steel wire. The wires run vertically and are bent into a zig-zag pattern so that each “zig” hooks with the wire immediately on one side and each “zag” with the wire immediately on the other. This forms the characteristic diamond pattern seen in this type of fence.
Quality chain link fences are strong, resilient, and extremely durable. Neither snow nor rain nor UV rays nor high winds nor errant baseballs will keep your fence from standing tall and performing its duty.
- The other primary benefit of chain link is that it’s relatively see-through.
The open mesh of chain link also means the fence won’t block sunlight to gardens and other areas that crave the rays.
Cost-wise, chain link is cheaper than wood privacy fencing, and chain link lasts longer and requires no finishing.
- Windscreens, privacy screens, and privacy slats can be added to chain link fences to fit your specific needs.
- Chain link is offered in a galvanized finish or a vinyl coated finish for added durability and aesthetics. The vinyl coating is available in a wide variety of colors, most commonly black or green.
Standard chain link may all look the same to the layperson, but there are important differences in quality. When shopping for a fence, consider its four main components: the mesh (or “fabric”), the framework (posts and rails), the fittings (ties and clasps that hold it all together), and the coating (for rust-protection and, if applicable, color). Heavier-gauge mesh and framework are stronger and more expensive than lighter-gauge and smaller-diameter material.