Chain Link Fencing 101: What You Need to Know

Chain link fence coatings protect gates & fence and add color

chain link fencing installed at area parkIf you’re looking for the best chain link fencing, you’ve come to the right place.  We offer durable, affordable chain link fences for all of your needs.  While the basic idea of all chain link materials is the same—wire mesh fixed together between posts—there are various styles intended for different needs.  The chain link that’s right for you will depend on how you plan to use it.

The Parts of a Chain Link Fence

•    Straining units – anchors cemented into place at both ends of the fence.

•    Straining wire – support wire that runs along the bottom and the top of the chain link fence, pulled taut after they’re strung.

•    Intermediate stakes/poles – companies place these poles about every ten feet to provide stability.

•    Net or mesh roll – the actual chain-linked fencing.  The end of roll has a metal bar attached to one of the end straining units and then unrolled.  

•    Clips – fence companies space small clips across the straining wires and clip to the mesh roll to hold it in place.

•    Gate – most chain link fences will have a gate to allow access to the fenced area.


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Mesh Size

One of the biggest factors in deciding what type of chain link fencing you need is mesh size.  The mesh, which is usually made out of galvanized steel, comes in different gauges or weights.  The lower the number is, the heavier the wire. The higher the gauge or weight, the thinner and lighter it will be.  

Although heavier wires are stronger, they are also more expensive. So if you’re on a budget, you may need to choose a different link size for affordability.  

Typical chain link fence materials measures between 9 and 11 gauge and two inches per mesh square.  Fencing height varies from three feet to 12 feet high.


Chain link fence coatings protect gates & fence and add colorCoating

Chain link wiring comes in 3 types: stainless steel, galvanized steel and PVC coating. Some fence companies coat the wire with zinc spray for rust protection. Manufacturers may also coat with polyester or PVC (polyvinyl chloride).

Chain link coating provides color customization options. PVC coatings transform the boring gray steel into something more colorful and appealing for your landscape design. If you prefer a natural look that blends in with the environment, you can simply coat with a clear coat or neutral color. Additionally, the heavier the coating on the wire, the longer it will last.

Need more information about what fence type and style is right for your home or business? Contact us today!


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