Chain link fences are a great way to fence off your backyard

Chain link fences are a great way to fence off your backyard

Chain link fences are a popular option for a wide array of locations, including playgrounds, sports fields, backyards and even industrial areas. This is due in large part to the versatility and affordability of the material. Chain link fence is created through a process where interlocking steel wire is woven together. The steel posts that are anchored with cement into the ground offer the stability.


There are a multitude of options available when choosing a chain link fence. Color is one such option. Although galvanized silver chain link fences are very popular (and they’re what typically comes to mind for most people when the topic of chain link fencing enters the conversation), colored chain link fences have grown in popularity over the years. Many have chosen color chain link fence system to accentuate siding, roofing, and trim colors on houses and businesses. Some choose a colored chain link fence system to blend into natural surroundings.


If durability is what you’re looking for, chain link fencing is probably the best you can buy. Modern vinyl-coated chain link fencing allows you to see what’s on the other side of your property (whereas most other fencing materials would make your property feel a bit more enclosed). Independent lab testing has shown that not all chain link fences are created equal. They may look identical, but one fence can be far superior to another. The wire fabric, metal line posts and top rail come in different thicknesses (gauges). Oddly enough, as the gauge number gets smaller, the thickness of the material increases.


It’s best to set the fence posts in concrete. Most residential fences will perform well if the hole is 6 to 8 inches in diameter and 24 to 30 inches deep. Deep holes prevent the fence from tipping over when kids try to climb it. It’s also crucial that the holes are as wide at the bottom as they are at the top, especially considering the climate zone in which we reside. If the postholes are narrow at the bottom, frost can actually pop the concrete and post out of the ground over time. Fence posts are commonly spaced at 7- to 10-foot intervals.


When shopping for chain link fencing (or any fencing for that matter), make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. A strong fence constructed with thicker materials usually only costs 10 to 15 percent more than a lighter-duty fence but will hold up much better over time (thereby saving you money in the long run). An unscrupulous salesperson may show you an attractive low price, but you may be getting a subpar fence. Keep in mind that the labor costs are nearly identical no matter what size material is being installed.

Chain link fences look and perform best when the top of the fence runs parallel with the surface of the ground. If you try to run the fence level, you can end up with holes beneath the fence or portions of the fence buried as it passes through high spots on the ground. Our professional installers deal with these slope changes by installing terminal posts, which allow the fencing to rise and fall with the slope of your lot. Want to know more about our chain link and vinyl chain link fencing? Just give us a call at (518) 767-9316 or stop by and see us!