How to Choose the Best Chain Link Fence for a Residential Property

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How to Choose the Best Chain Link Fence for a Residential Property

29 March 2017
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A chain link fence is a good choice for any residential property, as it will provide basic security and is very affordable as well. When you shop for a chain link fence, you may find that you have more choices and options than you realized, so note a few tips for choosing the best one for your property.

Choose steel

Steel is probably the strongest material available for a chain link fence, and this metal is often given a zinc coating to protect it from rusting, which also adds to its strength. This also means it's not likely to sag or droop in the middle sections of the fencing, even if your children climb on it, pets claw at it or it's exposed to high winds and other potential damage. If you choose a lightweight aluminium or other less durable material, you may wind up with more maintenance and repair work over the years, as this material may tend to droop or come away from posts and connectors over time.

Get a smaller mesh

A smaller mesh for the fence may be more expensive as it means more metal is used to create the fence; however, pets aren't as likely to get their noses stuck in that smaller opening. The smaller mesh can also mean less of a toehold for anyone who tries to climb the fence, and it can also look more attractive, keeping your fence from seeming too industrial.

Be cautious about choosing a colour

A chain link fence can be powder coated any colour you choose, and this can add some style to the fence. A black fence can seem more attractive and less industrial than a plain grey, and green or a rusty red shade can provide a nice backdrop for your landscaping. However, note that a chain link fence may eventually need repair and replacement, and it may be more expensive to fix a fence that's been powder coated, as it may need a new coat of this colouring after it's been mended.

Also, if you need to have a section of fence replaced, this can also be more expensive because of being powder coated. It might also be difficult to match that powder coating colours exactly, so you may wind up with sections of fencing that don't match. Be cautious about choosing colour for your fencing for these reasons and ensure you can easily and affordably replace the fencing over time.