Chain Link Fencing in Colorado Springs

Chain Link Basics Chain link fences are basically woven metal fencing made with wires bent into a zigzag pattern to form a diamond-like pattern on the...
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Chain Link Basics

Chain link fences are basically woven metal fencing made with wires bent into a zigzag pattern to form a diamond-like pattern on the fence. If you've never seen chain link fencing being made, watch this video from How Stuff Works. It is really cool.

Often-times these fences are recognized from their common placement behind a baseball diamond or around buildings for security. Really, you'd have to be living under a rock not to bump into one by now.

Chain link fencing works well for industrial areas or for businesses, as well as for home use. A tall fence is difficult to climb and can be a great security measure. These fences are also easy to take care of. Galvanized steel, which is what is often used to create these fences, can go decades before needing repairs and there is no maintenance required once the fence is installed.

Uses of chain link fences

Chain link fences have multiple uses ranging from convenience to safety. It works great for pet containment at home or in the public. It’s durability is useful for dog parks, as well as for creating a backyard dog run or separate play areas for large and small animals. As a security measure, its size can be adjusted to deter vandalism and break-ins, and additions like barbed wire can keep people out as well.

Chain link fencing's primary appeal is its contribution to home and business safety.

The fences are helpful with the security and safety of dangerous areas with electrical wiring or tools, but can also be used as safety in parks and neighborhoods where kids could get injured.

The convenience factor of these fences is especially apparent in situations where the fence isn’t a temporary solution. The design of chain link fences makes removal less of a hassle and the fence can be moved to different locations. This makes the fences even more cost effective in the industrial industry because, depending on wear, the fence can be used multiple times.

One of the benefits of chain link fencing is the ease of installing the lightweight fence. As a skilled do-it-yourselfer, it is possible to install a chain link fence without the help of a professional, however it takes time and research to install the fence correctly. Finding a chain link fence installer in Colorado Springs is a great investment to ensure the project is properly done and your money and time is properly allocated in the project.

Once you’ve decided to have a chain link fence installed, there are still decisions to make on what type of chain link fence to use, and a fence company can help to make wise decisions on the matter. With a small yard and favorable ground conditions, a professional installation job could take as little as a day or two.

Choosing the materials

Every chain link fence has four essential elements: the fittings, the fabric, framework and gates. By determining the main purpose of the fence, yourself and your fencing contractor can pick out the proper combination of the elements to lengthen the life of the fence or to lower costs.

Choosing the Fabric

One of the first things decisions to make for the fence is the fabric. To select a fabric, there are three things to consider: the gauge of the wire, the protective coating to surround the core of the wire, the outer coating once the core is completed and the size of the mesh.

Gauge

The gauge is probably the most important factor when evaluating fabrics. This is the diameter of the wire and it determines how much steel is in the fabric.

If the gauge number is smaller, it means the wire is of higher quality and stronger. There is a core wire gauge and a finished gauge. The core gauge is in reference to the wire before the coating and the finish gauge depends on the type of coating on the wire. A 11-gauge fence is common for residential use, whereas a 9-gauge is typical for commercial fencing. High security fences usually have a 6-gauge for higher strength.

Size of the Mesh

The size of the mesh determines the size of the diamond from side to side and indicates the amount of steel in the fence. Smaller mesh sizes are better for high security fencing as it’s hard to climb and difficult to cut. Larger meshes are better for residential use. The most common size is a 2-inch diamond.

Protective Coating

The core wire coating is either galvanized after the weaving of the fence, it can be galvanized before weaving and it can be aluminized coated, which happens before the fence is weaved. Galvanizing before weaving provides a smoother more dependable coating and is often used for sports purposes, galvanizing after weaving leaves icicles and nubs from the zinc, and aluminized coating leaves a dull aluminum finish.

Outer Coating

After the core wire is coated, the fence receives an outer coating finish. This is a vinyl or galvanized coating and is specified based on the metallic core wire. Class 1 extruded coating is a coating that is pulled over the core wire. It is thicker than other materials, however because it isn’t bonded to the chain, it is easily peeled or torn.

This tends to look better but is also Class 2A extruded and bonded finish has a thinner vinyl coating, but it is bonded to the wire with a glue that makes it less likely to wear the way Class 1 extruded coating will. Class 2B fused and bonded finishing is when the coating is completely bonded to the wire. It’s thin, but is the strongest finish and is resistant to cracking and peeling. It’s often used for high security projects because of it’s strength.

Fittings & Framework

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To choose the fittings and framework, it’s important to factor in the gauge of the steel and the diameter of the pipe. Choosing this can be confusing, and the American Society of Testing and Materials has guidelines to help, although this is where the consultation of a Colorado Springs fence company would be a great way to proceed. The fencing can be customized by color and height to blend in with surroundings or to work as a security measure, so keep the idea of what you want your fence to look like in mind when picking materials.

Gates

The finishing piece to a chain link fence is selecting the ideal gate style. For industrial settings, the ideal gate may be a cantilever style (featured right). A single swing gate is perfect for residential homes or smaller spaces, while a double swing gate is ideal for areas that need to be accessible for vehicles such as chain link fencing in airports or storage units. Solar powered automated gates are another option that some homeowners or business owners could benefit from. Selecting the ideal gate is very dependent on the individuals needs and a fencing contractor can help you select the best one.

Installation and when to call a professional

When choosing a fence to use for your home or business, it’s important to consider design, convenience and costs. Choosing a chain link fence can be convenient and cost effective. If you choose to install the fence yourself to save even more money, it can be done as long as you own the correct tools and have the knowledge to pick out the proper materials. As with any fencing project, it’s important to check zoning laws regarding the types of materials to be used.

Be sure to get a building permit and always call city utilities before digging. If you’re unsure of what you’re doing at any point in the process, it’s possible to make mistakes and cost yourself more money in the long run. Even getting an initial consultation from a fence installation company could help you to make proper decisions on the matter before following through and installing the fence on your own. As with any project, professional installation companies have years of experience and expert knowledge on materials, laws and care of the fence.

Last modified on Tuesday, 02 May 2017
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