Chain link fences are popular, largely because they are inexpensive, easy to find, and easy to install. However, they tend to get a bit of a bad rap with homeowners who are looking for fencing because of a few shortcomings that are perpetuated about them. Here's a look at those common worries – and how to address or work around them.
#1: Chain link fences will rust and look worn out rather quickly.
This may be true of the cheapest, bottom-of-the-barrel type chain link fences, but it is certainly not true of all of them. Many newer chain link fences are now covered in a rust-proof material or made from a zinc-aluminum alloy that won't rust. You can also get chain link fences that are coated in vinyl, which stay looking like new for many years since the vinyl is impervious to precipitation and changes in temperature. If you're looking at chain link fence options and are not sure whether one is rust-proof or not, ask your fence installation contractor. He or she will be familiar with which materials are rust-proof and will know what previous customers have experienced with a particular fence.
#2: Chain link fences don't offer any privacy.
It is true that you can see through a plain chain link fence rather easily. However, there are several ways to modify the fence so that it does keep prying eyes off of your yard. The easiest option is to install privacy slats or to have your fence contractor do this for you. These are simple, plastic slats that you weave between the chain links to create a solid-looking fence. If you live in an area where it's warm year-round, you can also plant vining plants near the base of the fence and let them climb it.
#3: Chain link fences are not good for dogs because they can just dig under them.
There's a way to prevent this from happening, too! Before you have your fence installed, ask your fence company or a concrete contractor to pour a layer of concrete just inside where the fence will sit. This layer of concrete should go about a foot into the ground and stop just below the surface of the ground so you can cover it with dirt. This way, if your dog starts to dig beneath the fence, they will run into concrete.
Chain link fences might require a little creativity when it comes to making them more private or impervious to dogs. However, since they are so inexpensive, you can likely afford to make the modifications above and still pay less than you would for many other fencing types. For more ideas, contact a company like Albemarle Fence Co Inc.Share
7 October 2015
I have always loved dogs, so when I was presented with an option to start breeding dogs, I jumped on it. Before I could begin the breeding business, I had to have some fencing installed and some kennels built. The fencing that I needed had to be able to hold up if the dogs were to jump up against it and had to be high enough to keep them from jumping over it. If you are trying to fence in your yard to keep your dog contained, you will find some helpful tips that the fencing contractor provided to me during my installation job.