Chain link fences were first developed in England in the 1840’s. They have been used in the U.S. for over 100 years, due to their longevity and low-cost, which still remains true today. The most popular chain link fences selected for residential use are zinc-coated (galvanized) steel or vinyl coated steel. Vinyl coated chain link fabric comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, white, green, and red. Chain link fence framework is the structure of the fence, made up of posts and rails, and can be ordered to match whichever color chain link fabric is selected.
Galvanized chain link framework for residential use often uses 20 weight pipe while galvanized fabric is often 9 gauge. Vinyl coated chain link fabric is of a lesser gauge steel core (being 13 gauge) with a vinyl coating to make up the rest of the width. Both galvanized and vinyl coated fabric has a hole-opening of 2”, although other sizes are available. Pool code chain link fabric requires a hole-opening of 1.75”.
Some other options homeowners may want to consider for their chain link fences are:
Bottom Rail or coil wire- By adding bottom rail or coil wire to your chain link fence, you can increase its strength dramatically. We especially recommend bottom rail for dogs that are diggers or that continually push through the bottoms of fences. Coil wire is a less expensive option for adding strength to the bottom of your fence but has a slight give.
Privacy slats- Privacy slats can give 75% to 100% more privacy to your chain link fence, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.