INSTALLING A CHAIN LINK FENCE
Attractive, versatile, and creative– a chain link fence system can be an excellent choice for your compound. That way, you’ll get the most value for your money and the right fence for your needs.
Not All Are the Same
Chain link fences have four elements: fabric, framework, fittings, and gates. Each of these components are available in a range of weights (gauges) and types of protective coatings. The most common coating is zinc (galvanized), but you’ll also find chain link components with vinyl or polyester color coatings in addition to zinc.
How to Choose a Fence Framework
As with chain link fabric, you’ll want to look at three things when deciding on the framework for your chain link fence: gauge or thickness of the steel, diameter of the pipe, and the type of protective coating.
Aluminum chain link fence has the advantages of being corrosion-resistant, weather-resistant, lightweight, long-lived, and of having a high tensile strength. Due to its durability, aluminum chain link fences are expected to last up to 25 years, even in harsh weather conditions.
Stainless steel wires are the most durable of all chain link wire materials and as a result, they have higher costs.
Gauge (ga.) of the steel is an important factor as it’s directly related to the strength of the framework, just like with the fabric. From lightest to heaviest, common gauges of residential fences are 20, 19, 18, 17, 16 and 15. Most people tend to ignore tensile strength and concentrate more on the gauge and diameter, but they shouldn’t.
Chain link fence is commonly classed based on the type of coating applied to the wires, the gauge or size of the wire, and the sizes of the square or diamond mesh.
Basic wire materials
There are three basic wire materials to choose from for your chain link fence: zinc-coated wires, aluminum wires, and stainless steel wires.
- Zinc-coated, or galvanized, wires are dipped into zinc and galvanized using two different approaches. There are many different opinions on which type to use since, GAW chain link fence may have uncoated portions where the mesh touches, while GBW chain link fence will have uncoated portions at wire endings. This makes galvanized chain link fence appropriate for use on private or residential property enclosures.
- Aluminum chain link fence has the advantages of being corrosion-resistant, weather-resistant, lightweight, long-lived, and of having a high tensile strength. Due to its durability, aluminum chain link fences are expected to last up to 25 years, even in harsh weather conditions.
- Stainless steel wires are the most durable of all chain link wire materials and as a result, they have higher costs. This chain link fence type is recommended for high-grade enclosures or barriers such as those on airports, highways, railroads, and other applications which require high-level performance.
If you’re responsible for choosing a chain link fence, you’ve probably discovered that it’s not as easy as going to your fencing supply warehouse and telling them how much fence you need. There are different materials, types, and varieties of chain link to choose from, and one size definitely does not fit all. For more information on chain link fence and quality products or services, browse through our website at Australian Security Fencing and get additional information regarding this type of fencing.