Chain-link fence sections consist of a few different parts, woven chain-link fabric, top-rail, tension bands, and posts.
During installation, posts are set in the ground with concrete footers, top-rails are installed, then rolls of chain-link fabric are stretched across the opening between terminal posts and then anchored to a tension band on either side, which is bolted to its respective post.
Residential chain-link fencing is available in heights up to 6′ and commercial chain-link fencing is available in heights up to 20′. There are a few different gauges, or thicknesses, of chain-link fabric and (4) different colors to choose from: standard galvanized, black vinyl coated, green vinyl coated and brown vinyl coated.
An economical way to secure your property
If you’ve got a large perimeter to fence in, chain-link is going to be your most affordable option. Although you won’t get the privacy that wood fence or vinyl fence have, you will get an extremely economical way to secure your backyard from intruders. For hundreds of years, chain-link fences have been the gold-standard of security fencing for both residential and commercial applications, find out why below.
Residential chain-link fencing
If you don’t have a high budget for your fencing project, chain-link is a perfect choice. You can very cheaply secure your large backyard with five-foot or six-foot high chain-link and also enclose your front yard with heights up to four feet. Gate options include single walk gates at widths up to six-feet, and double-drive gates at widths up to twelve feet. If you happen to need a very large gate for boat or tractor trailer openings, cantilever roll gates are also available. For households with small children or small animals capable of climbing underneath the chain-link fabric, you can opt to install a bottom rail, or a line of tension wire in order to prevent any accidents.
Commercial chain-link fencing
Chain-link fencing has been the standard for commercial fences throughout the world for over a hundred years, and for good reason. The security and durability of a ten to a twenty-foot fence around your business can give you a true sense of relief knowing that it’s pretty much impossible for anyone to trespass on your property. Chain-link fences are also relied upon by government and correctional facilities to secure some of the most difficult to secure areas in the world. Gate options include single walk gates, double-drive gates, roll gates and gates with electrical operator systems.
Vinyl coated chain-link fencing
If you don’t like the standard steel color of galvanized chain-link, or if you live in a city or municipality (like Coral Springs) that requires the use of colored chain-link, you have the option to go with a vinyl-coated version. In this style variation, the steel wire is encased in a PVC (poly-vinyl chloride) shell that The PVC coating resists attack from dilute solutions of most common mineral acids, seawater, and dilute solutions of most salts and alkali. In other words, it’s impervious to the salt-charged environment of Broward and Palm-Beach Counties. You can choose from three vinyl-coated chain-link color options, black, green and brown.
Chain-link fencing add-on’s
You have the choice of a few different add-on options for your new chain-link fence.
Vinyl privacy slats: Thin slats made of PVC that slide in-between chain-link fabric to add a degree of privacy, come in different color options.
Windscreens: A polyethylene woven screen that attaches to the outside of a chain-link fencing section. Comes in many different colors and can provide between 75% and 90% privacy.
Barbed wire: A type of steel fencing wire constructed with sharp edges or points arranged at intervals along the strand(s). Usable only in commercial application.
Tension wire: Wire that inter-weaves along the bottom of a chain-link fabric section that when stretched, creates additional tension in order to reinforce stability.
Bottom Rail: An additional rail that compliments the standard top-rail. Provides much more stability and reinforcement than tension wire, but is also more expensive.