Learn The Basics About Chain Link Fences

Well before Abraham Lincoln ever became known as “the log splitter,” fences have played an important role in the development of America. Consider that the American Dream for many is a house with a white picket fence.

Nowadays, fences are not restricted to wooden pickets or split rails. They come in all varieties, including aluminum, steel, wrought iron, vinyl, barbed wire, bamboo, and temporary plastic fencing. Oddly enough, though, it is not the picket fence but the chain link fence that most people turn to when they need an enclosure that is durable, secure, inexpensive, long lasting, and almost maintenance free.

The Cyclone Fence

Chain link fences also often are referred to as cyclone or hurricane fences because unlike wooden and privacy fences, which typically get knocked over by a high wind, the chain link construction allows the wind and water of a cyclone or other storm to pass right through them so they can remain standing. However, they are not invincible. They are still subject to bending or collapsing under the weight of a fallen limb or debris in extreme conditions.

Choose The Right Kind

To the untrained eye, chain link fences all seem alike. There are decided differences that should be considered when you are thinking of installing a chain link fence. They can differ in the materials they are made of and how they fit together. They can have different coatings, frameworks, and gates.

For example, light chain link fences have a less sturdy framework and generally are only meant for temporary uses, such as enclosing equipment or dangerous areas at a construction site. A sturdier, more permanent metal framework would be perfect to create an enclosed dog run, surround a swimming pool, or for any yard enclosure. Privacy slats can be added to hide what is inside the fence from prying eyes, but this accessory would make them more susceptible to high winds.