Comparing Chain Link And Vinyl Fencing


Your fence can perform a wide range of different roles in your yard, ranging from a simple boundary marker and an enclosure for your pets, to being a major part of your landscaping design or acting as a security barrier. There are a wide range of different materials available as fencing, each of which carries a different set of attributes that make it suited for different applications in your yard.

Two of the most common types of fencing materials, chain link and vinyl, carry a different set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding the major differences between both types of fencing can help you choose the one that is the best fit for your needs.

Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fencing is one of the most popular fencing materials available for both residential and commercial properties largely because of its low price point. Since very little material is actually used in the construction of these fences, they are very inexpensive, and they can be easily and quickly installed due to their low weight. Installation time is also cut down by the fact that chain link comes in large rolls, not in individual panels, which simply need to be affixed to fencing posts. They require very little maintenance and can be topped with barbed wire for added security.

However, chain link fencing is not very attractive to look at, and while barbed wire can be used to keep pests and intruders away, the fencing itself can be easily cut through or damaged, making it less than ideal as a security fence. Further, while the fact that you can see through chain link fencing may mean that your view isn't obscured, it also means that your property will not benefit from added privacy.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing offers a wider range of aesthetic customization, as individual fencing panels come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures. This makes vinyl fencing ideal for homeowners looking to brighten up their landscape, or for commercial properties looking to attract customers. Vinyl fencing is also relatively low-maintenance, though it does require semi-regular pressure washing to ensure that dirt and other debris is removed.

However, vinyl fencing does represent a larger initial investment than chain link fencing, and the fact that it comes in panels means that the installation time is longer, will cost more, and will cause more of a disruption to your property. Further, vinyl is particularly brittle and thus can break if exposed to physical trauma or even excessive temperature swings during periods of extreme heat or cold.

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25 July 2018

fencing in a yard for dogs

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.