Product: Chain Link Fence
Steel wire, woven into a diamond mesh "fabric", is resilient and springs back to its original form upon impact. Chain link is economical, strong, durable and relatively unobtrusive. Common heights are 42", 48" and 60" for residential fences, and 72", 84", 96", 120" and 144" for commercial or sport applications.
Chain-link fence is economical enough to use for large installations whether commercial, industrial or residential. When fencing 1/2 acre lots and larger, fencing costs can become an issue. Fencing large commercial and industrial sites - such as employee parking lots, fleet parking facilities, waste-water plants, airports and military bases – the costs of materials and the cost of maintenance are major considerations.
In the residential market, chain-link fence is commonly used on small lots in high-density neighborhoods where young families frequently have both children and pets because it is so affordable. With the increased popularity of color-coated fencing, more chain-link is being used on those larger lots found in suburban and rural areas.
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When choosing a chain link fence, consider these factors:
- Gauge. The thickness of the wire is related to the strength of the fabric. The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire, and the stronger the fence.
- Coatings. Aluminum-coated wire is the best, in our opinion, because it is smooth and resists rust. Galvanized wire is often specified for commercial fences and is quite serviceable. Plastic- or vinyl-coated chain link has a softer look than metallic-coated fencing.
- Mesh Size. Refers to the size of the "diamond" opening. Residential chain link usually has a 2-1/4" mesh size. Commercial mesh standard is 2". Greater strength and security are available with 1" or smaller openings. The smaller the mesh size, the more difficult it is to climb or cut the chain link.
- Tensile. This term refers to the qualities of the wire used in weaving chain link.
- Strength. A 10-gauge hi-tensile wire makes a stronger fence than a 9-gauge chain-link woven with a lower tensile wire.