Chain-link fencing has remained a popular fencing option among homeowners because it is affordable and easy to install. There is a common misconception, however, that all chain-link fencing looks the same. This is not the case. Today, there are more options than ever when it comes to chain-link fences. From super-tall, 12-foot fences that keep dedicated intruders out to brightly colored chain link that has been coated in vinyl — your choices are seemingly endless. Here are some factors to consider as you choose the right chain-link fencing product for your yard.
How tall do you need the fence to be?
The standard chain-link fence is about 4 feet tall. This is tall enough if you just want a fence that denotes a barrier between your property and the neighbor's property or one that keeps a small dog inside. However, you may want a taller 6-foot fence if you are trying to keep intruders out or if you have a large dog that could jump a 4-foot fence. Fences that measure 8, 10, and 12 feet are also available, and while these taller heights are usually reserved for commercial use, they are a viable option if you need a really tall fence for some reason.
Are you worried about a little rust?
Today, most chain-link fences are made from galvanized steel. Galvanization is a process by which the steel is coated in a zinc compound. The zinc keeps the steel itself from coming into contact with water, which keeps the steel from rusting. However, the fence will eventually develop some rust — perhaps 5 or 10 years down the line — when the zinc coating starts to wear off. If this will bother you, then you should consider a vinyl-coated chain-link fence rather than standard, galvanized steel.
Vinyl-coated chain link will eventually rust, too, but the rust will still be hidden under a layer of vinyl. This material costs a bit more, but it is your best option if the idea of a rusty fence seems totally off-putting to you.
Are you worried about a dog digging under the fence?
There are dogs that try to jump over fences, and then there are the really smart ones -- the ones that try to dig under! If you have a dog who likes to dig, or if you think you may have one in the future, then you need a chain-link fence designed to prevent such digging. This is really more about the way the fence is installed. Your fence contractor can lay down some concrete in the area beneath the fence so that if your dog starts digging, they will hit concrete and not be able to go any further. Another option is to buy a chain-link fence that is taller than what you really need and then bury the lower two feet of it beneath the soil to serve as a digging barrier.
Does the fence need to stand up to any force?
Standard chain-link fences are made with 9-gauge wire, which is reasonably durable. But if your fence will have to stand up to excessive force, such as a horse leaning on it or someone potentially bumping into it with their car, you may want a higher-gauge wire. Chain-link fencing made from 6-gauge wire is a good choice. (The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire.)
To learn more about your chain-link fencing and installation options, reach out to a fencing company, such as Diamond Fence & Concrete Inc, in your area. They can show you photos of their most popular options and help you choose the best features for your needs.