Chain Link Fence: Low Maintenance, Multi-Purpose

Garden of pink and white roses behind a chain link fence.

Chain Link Fence Versatility

Chain Link fence provides property owners with simple, low maintenance, multi-purpose fence. Use it to contain pets, serve as pool barriers, and add security to your home. Thinking chain link is right for you, or maybe you want to install it yourself? We’ve made a shortlist of things to help you make your decision!

More Than One Purpose

Chain Link fence is standard in both residential and commercial settings. It comes in a variety of heights to serve your needs. Installing a four-foot Chain Link fence can act as a safety barrier for pets or keep your neighbors’ pets out. In most residential areas, a four-foot fence meets the height requirement for pool fencing. Some pets and people may find a four-foot fence an easy obstacle to climb over. You may consider installing a five or six-foot fence.

If your landscape provides you with the privacy you need, a taller chain link fence will keep people or animals from climbing over. To boost the security and deter climbers, add in thorny foliage to the landscape.

Cost Makes Chain Link Fence Attractive

On most occasions, a chain link fence will cost less than a wood or metal fence. Metal fencing, such as wrought iron, can add an upscale touch to any home. It is exceptionally durable, adds security and curb appeal, but it may not fit your budget needs. Many people do not see the chain link as a visually appealing choice for a fence. Adding vinyl coating can change the appearance. 

Vinyl coated chain link is available in a variety of colors. If other metal fencing appeals to you, a black chain link can offer a similar curb appeal. Different colors include brown, white, or green. Green or brown may blend in better with your landscape, while white may offer a clean, fresh appearance around your pool. 

Keep Chain Link Clean with Just a Quick Rinse

Chain link offers a low maintenance approach to fencing, making fall and winter preparations a breeze.  Vinyl coated chain link tends to last a few years longer than its non coated counterpart. Non coated fences can be sprayed with a rust-resistant coating to increase longevity. Other maintenance practices include:

  1. Discouraging anyone from climbing or hanging off the fence
  2. Avoiding plants that will rise throughout the links of the fence
  3. Keeping the base of the fence free from of dirt or tall grasses
  4. Wash away animal droppings or build up as needed

DIY Project or Professional Installation

To install a chain link fence, you will need the right tools and materials. You’ll need a fence puller, posts, top rails, post, and rail caps, tie wire, tension bands, bars, and wire. Tension is essential in chain link installation. Without it, your fence will sag or leave gaps. Space fence posts accordingly to create proper tension and accommodate gates. When choosing a gate size, consider what vehicles or equipment may need to come in and out of your fenced area. 

Set the gate, end, and corner posts in poured concrete for stability. If you are installing your fence posts, be sure to create a slope away from the center so water will not collect around the post’s base. Once the concrete has cured, install your tension bands and gate hardware. Followed by top rails and post caps. Roll out your chainlink and install your first tension bar. Using a fence puller, pull tension, install your next tension bar, and tighten your tension bar to the hardware. Use tie wire to fix the chain link to your top rail, and run tension wire through the bottom links to finish the first section. Repeat this process for each section of the fence, then viola! You have a brand new chain link fence! 

Chain link fence installation requires precision to be functional and aesthetically appealing. At Roark Fencing, we take pride in our work. We have the tools, access to the materials, and the years of experience to provide a chain link fence you are proud to have in your yard. Contact us by calling 859-983-0269!