If you have been looking into chain link fences, you might have noticed that there are two common types: galvanized and vinyl-coated. What is the difference between these two types of chain link, and which is right for you?
Galvanized is a term for coating a metal in order to make it stronger and last longer. Most chain link fences are coated in zinc, which helps them to last longer without rusting or corroding. Galvanized fences are usually silver in color and are probably the type of chain link fence you are most familiar with. The metal is clearly visible and the end result is more industrial.
On the other hand, chain link fences are also sometimes coated in vinyl to add durability. The vinyl coating protects the metal underneath from rusting or being damaged. Vinyl coated chain link fences come in a variety of colors and have a softer look the galvanized chain link fences.
Standard chain link fence. Most people are familiar with galvanized fences. It’s the classic chain link fence.
Cheaper price. Galvanized fences are a more economical option compared to vinyl coated chain link.
Industrial look. If you are fencing an industrial area, galvanized chain link will fit right in.
Slightly less durable. Because the metal is exposed to the air and weather, it will wear down slightly quicker. Chain link fences have a long lifespan no matter which type you choose, though.
Industrial look. If you are fencing a residential property, the chain link fence might look out of place. The silver color usually stands out from the environment.
More customizable. Vinyl coated fences come in many colors and can be colored to blend into the surrounding environment.
More attractive. Vinyl has a softer feel than galvanized fence sand looks better around homes.
Increased durability. Because the metal is wrapped in a protective layer of vinyl, these fences will be slower to rust or break down.
Price. Vinyl coating is more expensive than galvanized chain link fence. If your project is one where the appearance of the fence doesn’t matter as much as the price, this is not the best choice.
Vinyl breaking. While the vinyl coating is sturdy, in some situation it may start to break off or tear, which is very unattractive. This is more common when the fence sees a lot of physical contact, such as at a baseball field.
Both types of fences can have privacy slats inserted into them, so that shouldn’t be a factor. What might be a factor is whether or not you want the color of the slats to match the color of the fence, in which case choosing a colored vinyl coated fence is best.
Both galvanized chain link and vinyl coated chain link fences have their place, so it’s a matter of personal preference and what is best for your project. No matter which type you choose, PrivacyLink is great source for chain link fences!
Fences in backyards are common. However, many homeowners find themselves asking if they need a fence in their front yard. While front yard fences aren’t as common, they are definitely not uncommon. Here are some things to consider when asking if you need a fence in your front yard.
Overall, whether or not to install a front yard fence is a matter of personal taste and factors (unless you’re not allowed to build one, of course). These are just a few things to consider when making the decision. If you do know you want a fence, why not browse our beautiful collection of fences?
Many yards have some sort of slope or hill in them. This may leave homeowners wondering if it’s possible to install a fence around the yard with the slope. While it may be more challenging to install a good-looking fence on a hill, it certainly is possible. It’s best to leave the job to a fencing professional to guarantee a professional looking result. However, if you are interested, we’ve outlined the basic methods a fence architect can use to install each type of fence on a slope.
Each type of fence has to be approached differently when working with a slope. Chain link fences are relatively easy to install on a slope. First, the fence posts are installed. They are installed vertically, no matter the slope they are installed on.
Then, a section of chain link fence is hung. This section is carefully measured to be oversized, as it will be cut down later. The chain link fence is hung parallel to the slope of the ground. This means it will be at an angle to the fence posts, with extras hanging over the end. These extra sections are cut at what is called the bias. Basically, the sides of the chain link fencing are cut at an angle in order to be attached to the fence posts. The end result is a fence that perfectly follows the slope of the ground without any awkward gapping at the bottom.
Privacy slats can be installed in a chain link fence on a hill. They will need to be installed at an angle in order to match the angle of the chain webbing. Homeowners occasionally worry about how this will look, but we find that it ends up looking quite natural on a hill and is nothing to worry about.
If you are installing a wooden fence with individual pickets, you have the option to create what is called a racked fence. Each picket of the fence is cut to a different length, so that the fence appears level at the top while the bottom follows to slope of the ground. This results in an aesthetically pleasing fence and looks especially good if some of your yard is sloped while other sections aren’t because of the even appearance of the top of the fence. However, racking a fence is time-consuming because each post has to be cut individually, and the measurements must be precise to ensure that it lines up precisely.
Many fences are sold in pre-assembled panels. These can be intimidating when you’re installing a fence on a slope because you can’t exactly cut off the extra like with a chain link fence or rack them like a wooden fence. However, a method called stepping is available for these pre-assembled fences. It’s called stepping because it looks like the steps in a set of stairs. Each section of fence is installed level instead of sloped, which means it will touch the ground at one end, but leave a gap at the other. Each section is installed a little higher (or lower, depending on which end of the slope you start on) to accommodate the slope. This creates the stair appearance because each section is at a different height. Stepping is often the only fencing option for dramatic slopes and looks good with many different types of fence panels.
We hope these have given you hope that you can have a fence installed in your sloped or hilly yard! As always, we recommend that you hire a trusted fence installer, especially because it can be difficult to install a fence on a slope properly. If you are fencing professional, we invite you to check out our selection of fencing products for all of your fencing needs, including hilled yards!
If you’re a fence installer, contractor, or landscape architect, you probably have experience slatting fences. In fact, you and your team are probably experts at slatting fences. Thus, you may be wondering why you should bother switching to factory-inserted chain link fence slats. Here are the reasons to consider utilizing factory-inserted chain link slats:
The real question here is why would you choose to slat fences by hand when you could choose factory-inserted slats? There are clear advantages to not having to slat fences yourself!
A plank or two in a wooden fence can easily be replaced. However, if you fence has more significant damage, it’s time to consider replacing it. At some point, the cost of repairing an old fence outweighs the cost of installing a whole new one. A good rule of thumb is that if you find yourself having to replace or repair more than 20% of the fence, it’s better to just replace it outright.
Many fences don’t offer a lot of privacy. If your fence has large gaps or just doesn’t offer the privacy you’d like, look into replacing it with a newer fence with more privacy. Privacy means that everything in your yard is safer and allows you to enjoy your yard more comfortably, so it’s definitely worth replacing your fence to obtain.
This one goes both ways. If you have animals that you want to keep in your yard, old fences that are starting to fall apart should be replaced. The same goes if you are trying to keep animals such as deer out of your yard and garden. Older fences are easier for animals to enter and exit through. Prevent this from happening by replacing your fence.
Wood fences are prone to a lot more damage than other fence types. Wood splinters, rots, and warps. If your wooden fence is starting to look worse for the wear, it’s often much easier to replace it than to try to repair the wood. Painting can make it look better in the short term, but the problems will return.
A new fence can do a lot for the curb appeal of your home. If you know that you are moving soon, consider replacing the fence now so that you have a more attractive yard to offer buyers.
A perfectly valid reason to replace your fence is just because you want to change the look of your home. Fences do a lot for the feel and appearance of a yard. If you’re looking to switch up your backyard, start with the fence!
If you do decide to replace your fence, be sure to check out the wide variety of fencing options that PrivacyLink offers!