Pros And Cons Of Chain Link Fencing

In our previous post we discussed the pros and cons of PVC vinyl fencing. In this post we will discuss chain link fencing.

Chain link fencing is certainly the most recognizable type of fencing in the U.S. Common on sports fields and parks, industrial and manufacturing facilities and many homes, chain link is an affordable solution to many problems that require fencing.

It remains a popular fence choice for a variety of reasons. Improvements have been made to chain link fencing over time to improve its durability, quality and appearance.

Even with the improvements there are pros and cons to chain link fencing and we will look at them in this post.

First, the pros:

  • Affordability – Chain link fence is the most affordable fence option which can be installed by home do-it-yourselfers, although a professional can ensure a tight, lasting installation that will perform well for years.
  • Low Maintenance – Chain link fencing requires little or no maintenance. All chain link fencing is galvanized, meaning the metal wire fence material underwent a chemical process to protect it from rusting. This extends the life of the chain link and limits the maintenance.
  • Safety – Chain link is popular as it contains children and pets in yards while also offering a sight link through it to allow watching activity on the other side.
  • Appearance options – Generic galvanized chain link fence can be improved — such as black or green vinyl-covered. Or there is California-style chain link that has wooden posts and rails and offer different looks and designs. Vinyl-coated chain link also lasts longer than galvanized.

While there are advantages to the chain link, there are also disadvantages. Among them:

  • Residential security – While chain link fencing can be built tall, and barbed wire added to the top for security, that is typically done only in industrial and manufacturing settings. Homeowners typically use a four-foot chain link, which, as most people know, can be readily climbed over.
  • Appearance – Without vinyl coating or California style construction, and given its popularity and use at industrial sites, chain link is considered a generic, more pedestrian fence design. Even with galvanization, chain link fencing and fence posts can be scratched.
  • Lack Of Privacy – Chain link fence won’t keep prying eyes away. There is an option for putting slats in the chain link to improve privacy, but that isn’t often used.

If chain link fencing is the option that best fits your need, the fence can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, but professional installation will ensure the tightest, longest-lasting fence.

If you have questions about PVC fencing don’t hesitate to contact a professional at Midwest Fence for a free consultation. Call 651-451-2222.