Chain link fencing is one of the most affordable fencing styles available. It is a type of woven-wire fencing made from galvanized or vinyl coated steel wire. The wire runs vertically and is bent into an interlocking pattern, which forms the diamond shape of the fence. The fence’s maintenance-free qualities and long life expectancy make it an excellent choice when privacy isn’t a major concern.
From a simple residential dog enclosure job to a maximum-security prison, chain link fencing is one of the most versatile products sold. Vinyl-coated chain link is available in numerous colors and is an attractive alternative to the traditional galvanized chain link fence. The various colors (black, dark brown, dark green, white, etc.) of this type of fencing allow it to fade into the surroundings (think of it as fence camouflage) and become an unobtrusive element in the landscape, while the vinyl coating gives the fence greater resistance to UV damage and corrosion.
Chain link fence’s gauge measures the strength of the wire used to construct it. The thicker the wire is, the lower the fence’s gauge will be. Chain link is most commonly manufactured in 13 to 6 gauge, with 6 representing the thickest wire mesh. Six-gauge fencing is typically considered appropriate for commercial uses, whereas residential fences are most commonly constructed from 9-gauge fencing. Selecting a fence that’s too heavy will cost more and is likely to put your project over budget; however, selecting fencing that’s too light will lead to damage and premature replacement.
The appropriate grid size of the fencing depends on what the fence is designed to keep in or out. For example, the chain link fence used for a backstop at a baseball field should have diamonds in the mesh that are small enough that a baseball can’t pass through. Consider the following grid size breakdown:
|Small mesh||High-security and industrial fencing|
|Medium mesh||Sporting arenas, pools and other recreational centers|
|Large mesh||Residential fencing|
As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the space between wires, or the smaller the grid size, the more metal there is in the fence and the sturdier the fence is.
Selecting fencing is a personal decision, which combines situational needs with aesthetic preferences. Whether your reasoning for having a chain link fence installed is for security, property protection, dumpster units, animal containment or any other reason (both residential and commercial), Northeastern Fences has a chain link fence for you. If you want to know more about any of the chain link fencing options we carry, stop by and see us or give us a cal