Not all chain link fences are the same. This article discusses four critical factors that you should base upon to select the most appropriate chain link fence for your home.
The Gauge of the Wire
Chain link gauge is measured in numbers. The smaller the number, the stronger that wire is. In practical terms, wire gauge is an indicator of how much steel was used during the making of that wire. Chain link wire has a small number, which means it has more steel in it than a wire with a large gauge number. You should buy chain link fencing that has a small gauge number. This will be very strong, and it will last for long without being damaged by wear.
Consider the Mesh Size
Mesh size refers to how small the diamond shapes in the chain link are. Oftentimes, the smaller mesh size may indicate that more steel was used to make that mesh. This is because more materials are needed to weave a small-sized mesh when compared to the materials needed to weave a large-sized mesh. Confirm this general observation with a fencing contractor or supplier. Buy based on the advice about the most appropriate mesh size for your needs. For instance, the smallest mesh size may be the best if you want to fence a tennis court on your property.
The steel used to make the chain link fencing materials is highly susceptible to corrosion. Manufacturers add a protective coating in order to prolong the useful life of that fencing material. Some manufacturers coat this steel with zinc. Zinc corrodes in order to protect the steel underneath it. Once the wire is cut, the zinc coating develops a powdery coating that covers the exposed steel (a process called cathode protection). Other manufacturers coat the steel with aluminum. Aluminum does not provide cathode protection in the same way that zinc coatings do, so the chain link will rapidly corrode at the point where it is cut. However, aluminum makes the mesh very strong. Pick the coating method that meets your needs, or as advised by a fence contractor.
Many manufacturers now offer chain link in a wide variety of colours. This is achieved by adding a polyvinyl chloride coating having the colour you want. This coating also provides additional protection from corrosion since it blocks moisture from reaching the mesh. Explore the colours available and pick the one that suits you. For instance, you can pick a green mesh for your garden.
You will select the best chain mesh fence if you base your purchasing decision on the factors above. Get expert advice in case you are not sure about which option to choose.