Chain link fences are strong, useful fences for many applications - both residential and commercial. Although, in order to have a fence that will last without the need for repeated fence repair, a chain link fence installation must be done properly - either by a person with some experience in putting up fences, or an experienced fence services company. For the best results, and to avoid the need for a chain link fence repair later, it is important to understand the various parts of a chain link fence, and how they come together to build the best and most strong fence possible.
Chain Link Fencing Fabric
Chain link fences are made of steel wire that is woven into what is called "chain link fabric." This fabric is made with various gauges (thicknesses) of wire that are bent and woven into meshes with different size openings. This wire is available as either galvanized, or aluminum or PVC coated. Galvanized or aluminum chain link fabric is made by either coating the wire before it is woven into fabric, or by dipping the fabric after it is already woven. Protective PVC coating, available in numerous colors, is also applied prior to weaving.
When choosing a fencing fabric - wire gauge, mesh size, fabric height and protective coatings are the main considerations. Professional chain link fence installation companies say to check tensile strength ratings to determine if the fabric meets required needs for the application.
Chain Link Fence Framework
Chain link fence framework is made of capped steel pipes that function as fence posts. Fabric is affixed onto this framework. The framework is measured in terms of the gauge of the steel, the diameter of the pipes, and the protective coating - similar to the fabric. Framework is coated either before it is made into fencing, after it is formed into welded fencing parts, or hot-dipped after welding in order to coat the exterior and interior of the pipe. When purchasing chain link framework, it must be strong and large enough to provide a solid frame for the gauge of the fencing fabric it will hold up. Experienced fence services assert that just as with the fabric, check the fencing strength ratings to be sure the right framework is purchased.
Chain Link Fence Fittings
Fittings for chain link fences are the parts that attach the fabric to the framework. They consist of galvanized metal straps and bars that are fastened around the framework, and then bolted through the fabric to hold it up and keep tension in the fence. Fittings tend to be the weakest part of any chain link fence. These are the parts that often require the most fence repair. Therefore, it is always important to use parts that are strength-rated high enough for the gauge and weight of the fabric, to hold it up without bending or breaking. Bands, nuts, bolts and tension bars must all be heavy and large enough to withstand the tension the fabric will put on them.
Chain Link Gates
Chain link gates are available in numerous styles - from single-width, swinging pedestrian gates, to swinging or rolling car and equipment gates. The gate should be designed to fit the specific need, and supported with braces or wheels to prevent sagging. Gates are typically made with either bent or welded frames, or put together with gate corners. Gates should match the gauge, size and style of the fence in order to look and function their best.
Chain link fences are extremely versatile and secure when properly installed, and need little in the way of fence repair by professional fence services. For the best chain link fence installation possible, be sure to purchase the right size and strength fabric, framework, and fittings. Finish the fence off with a matching gate. Keep up with fence maintenance by providing any chain link fence repair promptly, before the entire fence line is allowed to weaken. When taking all of the steps previously referenced, a properly installed chain link fence should last for many years to come!