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how to beautify your chain link fence Chain link fences are great. They are affordable, easy to install, and can go anywhere. However, they often are not the most attractive solution. If you have a chain link fence that you want to beautify, we have some ideas for you!

Fence Slats

One of the easiest ways to make a chain link fence more attractive is to add in fence slats. Chain link fence slats come in a variety of colors and styles, so there is there is a fence slat out there for anyone. Some particularly attractive options are VinylWood fence slats, which are made of vinyl but look just like wood; aluminum slats which can be combined to create a variety of patterns, and slats in a bright color that matches your aesthetic.

Plants

Another way to add some beauty to your fence is to plant plants around your fence. You can plant flowers around your fence in a garden bed, or even plant ivy or another plant that will climb your fence and cover it. The only downside is that plants require maintenance. If you enjoy gardening this is fine, but if you don’t it might not be worth it.

Hedge Slats

If you like the look of plants but don’t want to take care of them, then hedge slats are a great solution. They are slats that you insert into your fence and are made to look like a hedge.

Make it an Art Project

If you are artist, consider taking the time to turn your fence into an art project. You can get a weatherproof rope and weave it in between the mesh of the fence to create a design. Get create and do whatever your heart desires.

Chain link fences don’t need to be an eyesore. It is easy to make your fence look more attractive.

How to Make Your Chain Link Fence SafeIn some cases, you want the top of your fence to be barbed or otherwise dangerous in order to deter intruders. However, for fences at a schoolyard, park, or even a home with children you want to make sure the fence is safe for kids and won’t harm them. You definitely want to discourage children from climbing fences, but kids will be kids and you want to keep them safe even if they make questionable choices. The selvage on the top of the fence can snag clothes or even cut or otherwise injure people who attempt to climb the fence or even get too close to the chain link fence.
This is where a safety top cap for chain link fences comes in.
A safety top cap is a tubular piece of plastic that fits over the top of chain link fences. This provides protection against bodily injury by covering the exposed knuckles or barbs on the top of a chain link fence.

Where You Want a Safety Top Cap

Public Places

These safety fence top caps are often seen in schoolyards or at ballparks. Take a stroll past your local ballpark and you’ll probably notice these long strips on the top of the chain link fences. They are often yellow which is a color associated with safety, and also a nice colorful touch to finish a fence.

Homes with Children

While these fence top caps are often found in public places, you can most definitely install them in a residential setting. If you have a chain link fence and small children, a safety top cap is a great idea. It will protect your kids from tearing their clothes on the selvage or injuring themselves. It may even be a good idea to get a top cap if your neighbors have kids as they may be tempted to climb the fence to retrieve a lost ball, and you don’t want to risk them getting injured on your property.

Homes with Animals

Another instance where a safety top cap for your chain link fence might come in handy is if you have animals. Large dogs can attempt to jump fences, and you don’t want them to get injured. Of course, you should train your dogs to not jump fences, but you also should prepare for the worse. A safety top cap can protect your animals from injuring themselves if they see something that catches their eye on the other side of the fence.
Safety is an utmost priority, and it’s much better to be prepared by having a chain link fence topper before an incident happens.

do I need a fenceIf you’ve just moved into a house without a fence, you might find yourself asking if you even need a fence. Most houses have a fence, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need one. Here are some things to consider:
Do you have pets? If you have a dog or other outdoor pet, this is a no-brainer. You need a fence around your yard to keep your pet safe and in your yard. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can just train your dog to stay in the yard; it’s always safest to have a fence just in case.
Do you have kids? Just like with pets, it’s best to have a fence if you have kids who will be playing in your yard. This is a safety measure that all parents will want to take.
Do you have a pool? If you have a pool, you will want a fence around the pool in order to keep children and animals out of the pool and safe. Even if you don’t have kids, your neighbors’ kids can wander into your pool and become injured.
How are your neighbors? If you get along well with your neighbors you might not mind having an open yard with them. However, if you have had issues with your neighbors, it might a good idea to put up a fence to prevent future issues.
Do you have any valuables in your yard? If you have valuables you might want to have a fence with a lock. This can include yard equipment, grills, bikes, and anything else that you don’t want to be stolen.
Do you like the look of fences? There are many different types of fences out there with different aesthetics to suit almost anyone. Many people choose to go with a fence because they like the way it looks in their yard.

Overall, we have found that a fence is best in most circumstances. However, if after going through this list you still don’t want one, that’s okay. Your yard is your personal preference.

fence or landscaping which comes firstSo you’ve just built or bought a new house, congrats! Now you need to fix up the yard. A common question that comes up is whether you should install the fence or do the major landscaping first. This is not a simple question to answer, instead you need to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a detailed plan of what you want your yard to look like? Do not start on the fence or the landscaping until you know what the other will look like. This will save you a lot of work and revising because you know that everything will fit together.
  2. Will you have delicate plants around the fence? If you plan on having a flower bed, fresh sod, or other more delicate plants around your fence, you will want to install your fence first. This is because the contractors installing the fence could damage your landscaping while putting up the fence. You don’t want all of your hard work to be destroyed.
  3. Will your landscaping require large trucks or other machinery coming into your yard? If that’s the case, you will probably want to hold off on the fence in order to allow these vehicles access to your yard. You don’t want to put up a fence just to realize that the gate isn’t big enough to finish your landscaping project.
  4. Will your landscaping change the height of your yard? If you plan on filling in a ditch in your yard or leveling out a hill, that should be done before a fence is installed. Otherwise, your fence will not be level with the ground.
  5. Do you have kids or dogs? If you do and you plan on letting them play outside, you probably should put a fence up first for safety. They can play in an unfinished yard, but it’s unwise to let them out without any sort of protection from a fence.
  6. What can you afford? If you can only afford one project right now, a good option is to put the fence up, because it needs to be done all in one go. Then you can tackle the landscaping as you can afford it, planting a tree here and a flower garden there.

As you can see, there is a different answer for every situation. Hopefully this guide has helped you figure out what’s best for you in putting your new yard together!

why need a privacy fence for your yard

If you have a yard without a fence or even just a chain link fence, you might be wondering if you should upgrade. Privacy fences are a great solution for homeowners, and there are many reasons why you should consider installing a privacy fence, whether that is a vinyl fence adding slats to your existing chain link fence, or any other kind. Here’s why you need a privacy fence:

  1. Protect children
  2. If you have children, you definitely should consider a privacy fence. Even if you live in an incredibly safe neighborhood and always supervise your children outside, a privacy fence is an important safety measure. It will prevent people, including predators, from being able to see your children playing outside in the yard. It will also work to keep your children safe by keeping them in your yard and stopping them from running out into the street or other dangerous situations.

  3. Enjoy Outdoors in Privacy
  4. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s nice to have privacy in your own backyard. Whether you’d like to sunbathe without prying eyes, or you want to throw a party with all of your neighbors who weren’t invited seeing. Adding a privacy fence can make you feel much more comfortable spending time out in your yard.

  5. Protect Valuables
  6. If you store anything valuable in your yard, such as bicycles or a grill, you want to keep them out of sight of potential thieves. One solution is to lock them in a shed or chained up, but it’s much easier to install a privacy fence to stop anyone from scoping out your yard and your valuables.

  7. Protect animals
  8. Privacy fences are also important if you have animals that spend time outdoors. A privacy fence will prevent your dog from seeing and yapping at every other dog that walks by. A chain link fence might stop a dog from leaving the yard, but it doesn’t stop him from seeing things outside the yard that might excite or aggravate him.

  9. Appearance
  10. Let’s face it, chain link fences don’t look great. A good privacy fence can be a beautiful addition to your yard, and even increase your curb appeal if you plan on selling your home someday. In the meantime, you can enjoy a beautiful privacy fence every time you step outdoors.