Now that you have settled on using chain link for your brand new residential or commercial fence, you need to choose the exact chain link fence you would like to be installed—I know, you thought the hard part was over! There are different types of materials, varieties, and types of chain link fencing to select from, so here are some tips for choosing the best chain link fence for you.
Wire Material 101
There are three types of wire materials that you can typically choose for your chain link fence: zinc-coated or galvanized, aluminum, and stainless steel.
- Zinc-Coated: Zinc coated wires are dipped into zinc and then galvanized. Some are galvanized after weaving and others are galvanized beforehand. Most people prefer the former finish, but either type will typically last about 12 years with minimal maintenance.
- Aluminum: Aluminum wires are naturally resistant to rust or corrosion, negative effects from weather, and wear and tear. Aluminum wire chain link fencing is typically chosen for commercial or public use. These can last up to 25 years with minimal maintenance.
- Stainless Steel—Stainless steel wires are the strongest and most durable (but also most expensive). They do not fall victim to the issues that other types can have. Stainless steel chain link fences are typically found at high-grade enclosures or barriers at airports, railroads, or on the side of highways.
Additional Protection 101
Beyond the durability of the wire material itself, many homeowners and business owners opt to add a little extra protection by adding paint or plastic coating to their chain link fence.
- Paint: Paint can add a little more aesthetically to your chain link fence, but it can be prone to cracking and chipping over time. Pain typically lasts 3-5 years on a chain link fence before it needs to be re-applied.
- Plastic Coating: Plastic coating uses PVC to provide lasting protecting for your chain link fence, without being prone to cracking or peeling. PVC also protects your chain link fence from rust, scratches, or other imperfections.
Wire Gauge and Mesh Size 101
Finally, you need to select the right wire gauge and mesh size for your chain link fence. These depend the most on the amount of security you need for your property and the amount of tension that you think your fence will bear. If you need higher security, opt for small mesh sizes and wire gauges. If you need your chain link fence to withstand a good deal of tension, also opt for a smaller mesh size and smaller wire gauges.
Let Us Help You Pick the Right Chain Link Fence for Your Home
Ready to get your perfect chain link fence installed around your residential or commercial property? Hercules Fence has extensive experience in repairing and constructing fences made out of any and every material. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they’re residential or commercial, for the right price. Give us a call at 757-316-3600 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.