Chain Link Fences
Popular for its low maintenance and recent color-coating options, chain link fences are ideal for keeping pets and children within a certain area and come in a variety of heights. The standard heights are 4′, 5′, 6′ and 8′ with an abundance of options for gates, material weights, colors and finishes. Chain link or hurricane fencing comes in either galvanized or aluminized.
Chain-link fencing is one of the most widely used fence systems in today’s industrial, commercial and residential fence markets. With a variety of choices in height, color and material weight we can find the right combination to suite your needs.
Chain link fence facts
Steel wire, woven into a diamond mesh “fabric”, is resilient and springs back to its original form upon impact. Chain link is economical, strong, durable and relatively unobtrusive. Common heights are 42″, 48″ and 60″ for residential fences, and 72″, 84″, 96″, 120″ and 144″ for commercial or sport applications.
Chain-link fence is economical enough to use for large installations whether commercial, industrial or residential. When fencing 1/2 acre lots and larger, fencing costs can become an issue. Fencing large commercial and industrial sites – such as employee parking lots, fleet parking facilities, waste-water plants,airports and military bases – the costs of materials and the cost of maintenance are major considerations.
In the residential market, chain-link fence is commonly used on small lots in high-density neighborhoods where young families frequently have both children and pets because it is so affordable. With the increased popularity of color-coated fencing, more chain-link is being used on those larger lots found in suburban and rural areas.
Factors to consider when purchasing a chain link fence:
The thickness of the wire is related to the strength of the fabric. The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire, and the stronger the fence.
Aluminum-coated wire is the best, in our opinion, because it is smooth and resists rust. Galvanized wire is often specified for commercial fences and is quite serviceable. Plastic- or vinyl-coated chain link has a softer look than metallic-coated fencing.
Galvanized fence systems are available in a wide variety of wire sizes, meshes and heights. All fabric, post, rails, and structural components are galvanized (zinc coated) for long life. Zinc’s natural shielding properties protect the steel to give you a fence that is strong and corrosion resistant.
Aluminum coating has the unique quality of forming its own protective oxide film immediately upon exposure to the atmosphere. This oxide film, which is not water soluble, protects the material from further oxidation. If the film is removed by abrasion, it immediately re-forms and continues to protect the material.
Refers to the size of the “diamond” opening. Residential chain link usually has a 2-1/4″ mesh size. Commercial mesh standard is 2″. Greater strength and security are available with 1″ or smaller openings. The smaller the mesh size, the more difficult it is to climb or cut the chain link.
This term refers to the qualities of the wire used in weaving chain link. Strength. A 10-gauge hi-tensile wire makes a stronger fence than a 9-gauge chain-link woven with a lower tensile wire.