Chain link fencing is a popular option for homeowners, as it's very affordable and easy to install, and very durable as well. Some neighbourhoods may even require chain link versus any other type of fencing to avoid the boxy and cluttered look of solid panel fences and to ensure the fences all look uniform and similar. If you're thinking of having a chain link fence installed around your property, note a few questions you might have about this style and material, and this will help you determine if it's the best choice for your home. This can help you to know how to properly maintain that fence over the years as well.
What is the difference between a hurricane fence and chain link fencing?
A hurricane fence is the same as a chain link fence; this style is sometimes called a hurricane fence because chain link is more secure in hurricanes and strong storms. The open links allow high winds to easily pass through the fence, so a chain link fence is less likely to get blown over than a solid panel fence.
However, a chain link fence is different than a mesh fence. A chain link fence is made by weaving long strands of metal together, whereas a mesh fence has horizontal and vertical rows of metal that are welded together. The weaving of chain link makes it more difficult to cut or separate those joined sections. Chain link then offers more security over mesh fences, and the joints of the fence are less likely to sag or come disconnected over time.
What is the selvage?
The selvage refers to the top of the chain link fence and how those strands of metal are shaped and formed. A knuckle selvage means that the strands are bent over, just like knuckles, whereas a barb selvage means that they're cut and then twisted together. The barbed selvage will be sharper and offer more protection against someone trying to climb the fence, whereas the knuckle selvage may be more attractive.
Does a chain link fence rust?
A poor-quality fence that doesn't have a proper coating applied over the metal may rust, but a high-quality fence will be dipped in zinc or another coating so that it resists corrosion. Recoating your metal fence every few years, or as often as recommended, can also keep it from rusting and ensure that the colour of the fence doesn't fade, and that the fence won't start to sag due to the metal weakening over time.