How to Choose Your Best Options for Chain Link Fencing

Posted on: 22 April 2016

A chain link fence, sometimes called hurricane fencing, is a very common option for homeowners and business owners alike. It's affordable, easy to install, and comes in more varieties of strength and appearance than you may realize. While all those options are good since they mean you're sure to find something you like, it can also make buying chain link fencing very difficult for you. Note a few tips so you can choose the best option when you're ready for a new fence.

1. Choosing a gauge

The gauge of a chain link fence measures the thickness of the wires. The higher the gauge, the smaller the wire diameter. Note that a small wire diameter may be easier to cut through with bolt cutters, so for protecting a business property, you would want a lower gauge of chain link, meaning a thicker wire. For residential homes where a fence might do nothing more than mark off boundaries and keep dogs in the yard, you can choose a higher gauge or thinner wire, which is usually more affordable. Residential fencing is often anywhere from 16 to 12 gauge, whereas a thicker security fence might be 9 gauge.

2. Choosing mesh size

Mesh size refers to the size of holes in a chain link fence. Note that a smaller mesh can be more secure as it doesn't provide a toehold for someone climbing the fence, but for home use, you don't want something so small that a dog might actually get their nose caught in the fence. A smaller mesh might also be more expensive since it means more metal is used to weave the fence. Residential homes usually have mesh size of about two inches, whereas high security areas might use anything from three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a half.

3. Dressing up the fence

Even for an industrial complex, you may not like the look of a plain chain link fence, and they can also make a residential yard look a little bare and drab. To dress it up, ask about powder coating. This is a type of coating that looks like a paint job; you might opt for a color in a russet red or green to add some style without being too bold or bright. There are also vinyl coatings you can choose for your chain link fence; these can not only add strength to the wires but they also come in a variety of colors so you don't need to settle for a drab and grey fence.

For more information, contact Diamond Fence (Aust) Pty Ltd or a similar company.