Exploring The Pros And Cons Of Chain Link Fencing

28 June 2016
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Chain link fencing is a popular choice in many areas including parks, sports fields, homes, as well as manufacturing and industrial facilities. It is safe, low in maintenance, affordable, and has several appearance options including black, green, or brown. It does have some disadvantages that must also be considered.

Exploring the Pros

Easy Installation: Most of the tools needed for the job could already be in your garage if you are a do-it-yourself handy person. You can either purchase or rent a fence stretcher if you don't have one. You can also use a socket wrench to secure for most of the fittings.

Eco-friendly: Any of the leftover materials can be scrapped meaning the fencing is green. A metal dealer or scrap yard may even pay you for the scraps.

Low Maintenance: Chain link fencing is galvanized with the use of a chemical process to prevent it from rusting. The low-maintenance metal wire can also be coated with a vinyl coating or PVC coated for a more decorative appearance. The stainless steel fencing is more popular for commercial use.

Costs: The cost of chain link fencing depends on the cost of steel which in many cases fluctuate. The basic cost for the fence's installation could cost $3 to $6 per linear foot for a 4-foot high area or $8 to $15 per linear foot for a 6-foot high area. It is still affordable for a do-it-yourself handy person.

Good for Security: If you have children and pets, it is a great asset to have chain link fencing. The six-foot options are best for security, but you need to consider the additional cost. It is also difficult for a burglar to hide behind chain link fencing.

Flower Trellis: If you love flowers during the summer months, the fencing mesh can be used as a trellis to share the beauty with your neighborhood.

Exploring the Cons

No Privacy: Your neighbors can see everything that happens in your yard. Not many people use slats in the links, but they can be used to block your neighbor's view.

Rust: The fencing should last for many years, but may only last for ten to fifteen years.

Chain link fences have many advantages, but not everyone likes them since there are so many other types on the market. No matter what style you choose for your yard, it will depend on your specific needs. Only you as the homeowner can decide which option is for you and your family. Contact a local outlet, such as B & B Fence, for further assistance.