Tips When Installing a Chain Mesh Fence Around Your Home

Posted on: 19 February 2021

If you're installing a chain wire fence around your front garden, you may wonder what your options are with regard to its construction. After all, these fences surround business premises and sports areas as well as homes. What aspects do you need to consider for a residential property? Consider the following tips when deciding on your chain-mesh fencing.


A chain-link fence is comprised of fabric or mesh plus a metal framework of posts and top rails that consist of hollow metal pipes. To install the barrier, contractors unroll the fabric and attach it to the framework. Thus, it's easy for them to construct these fences at different heights by using the appropriate height of mesh roll. If you have a large pet dog that tends to jump fences, you can build a taller fence if need be. A benefit of chain mesh is that even when it forms a high barrier, it won't close in your backyard and create a heavy feel, as the mesh allows for such clear visibility.

Wire Thickness and Mesh Pitch

Two aspects you might come across when looking at these barriers are the pitch of the mesh and the wire thickness. The pitch refers to the width of each diamond within the pattern from one side to the other. A standard pitch for many uses is 50 mm. However, your contractors can advise you on the best option for your installation. Another aspect is the wire gauge or thickness. Thicker wire is usually used for high-security applications, while thin wire might be ideal for a temporary fence. You'll likely want a middle option for a residential barrier.


For your fence, you'll have a choice of silver and other hues. Silver-coloured chain link fences typically use galvanized steel, covered in a protective zinc layer. Alternatively, you could select PVC-covered mesh in hues like green and black. These versions have a smarter appearance, and the PVC protects the metal from corrosion.


One term you may wonder about when researching chain mesh fencing is the word 'salvage', which refers to the shapes the wire forms at the top and bottom of each diamond in the webbing. One alternative is a rounded, knuckle edge, which is ideal for residential fencing. Or else, the wire can finish in a pointier and sharper barb shape at the top and bottom of each diamond. If you have children and pets playing near your front fence, you probably want a knuckle-edge mesh with fewer sharp bits.