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Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fences are a classic application in both residential and commercial settings. A quality chain link fence will provide years of protection and privacy. While most chain link fences may look the same,
they come in a surprisingly wide variety of qualities, colors, sizes, and types. Made from steel, these fences come in a range of gauges and protective coatings.

Protective Coating, from Zinc to Aluminum

The most common protective coating used on chain link fences is galvanized zinc, which is what gives most their silvery look. In order to blend into landscaping and surrounding trees and other foliage, they are
often coated with vinyl or polyester color coatings in addition to the zinc. Fencing may also be coated with aluminum; however, zinc has the advantage of being ‘sacrificial,’ meaning that if the mesh or wire is
cut, the zinc will ‘heal’ itself and prevent rusting. If a fence coated with aluminum is cut, then it will be open to rust and weathering.

Gauging for Wear and Tear

A light-gauge chain link fence often cannot handle much wear and tear, so gauge is an important factor for the prospective buyer. Lighter gauge framework may bend easily, often with just the normal abuse inflicted
by children or pets. The small the gauge number, the more steel that was used in the manufacture of the fence. Gauges typically range between 13 and 6, six being the toughest. For residential purposes, fencing with a gauge between 11 and 9 will usually suffice.

Diameter and Pricing

Chain link fence posts come in a range of diameters, from 1-3/8” to 2-3/8” for residential uses. The wider the diameter, the stronger the post. Often, wider posts are used at corners with smaller diameter posts along the runs.

Prices for chain link fencing will vary but usually cost between $3.50 and $8.00 per lineal foot, depending on quality and height. Commercial-grade fences can cost up to $15.00 per lineal foot. Typically fences come in 4’ and 6’ heights and are often warranted for 10 years or longer.

If protection and privacy are what you need your fence to provide, then consider installing a chain link fence. Chain link may not be the most aesthetically pleasing fencing option, but it will certainly get the job done. Here is some more information.

Costs

Prices for chain link fencing vary, but usually cost between $3.50 and $8.00 per linear foot, depending on the quality and height of the fence. Commercial-grade fences can cost up to $15.00 per linear foot. For help with purchasing and installation, get a free estimate from a licensed professional.

Pros

Chain link fences usually are warranted for 10 years or longer.

Chain link fencing can provide years of protection and privacy.

It comes in a surprisingly wide variety of qualities, colors, sizes and types.

Cons

Chain link fences are not the most aesthetically pleasing.

A lighter gauge chain link fence can’t withstand too much wear and tear.

Durability

Chain link fences are extremely durable and are warranted to last at least 10 years. However, the lower the gauge, the less likely they’ll hold up that long.

Maintenance

One upside to chain link fencing is that it is virtually maintenance-free. Simply spray down the fence occasionally to keep it looking clean.

Common Questions and Answers

What are the different types of coatings available for chain link fences?

The most common protective coating used on chain link fences is galvanized zinc, which is what gives most their silvery look. In order to blend into landscaping, surrounding trees and other foliage, chain link fences are often coated with vinyl or poly

What is the typical gauge of a chain link fence?

Gauges typically range between 13 and 6, with six being the toughest. For residential purposes, fencing with a gauge between 11 and 9 will usually suffice.

History

Anchor Fence was the first U.S. company to manufacture chain link fencing in 1891. Barnard, Bishop and Barnard was the next company to pick up the design in 1844.

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