Guidelines for Choosing Residential Chain Link Fencing

Galvanized Chain Link Fence Near Sidewalk

Residential chain link fencing is an ideal way to enclose pets and small children in a yard, while keeping out uninvited creatures. This type of fencing, also known as a cyclone or hurricane fence, is constructed from steel wire which is called “fabric.” If you’re considering installing a chain link fence, here’s what you need to know.

Types of Wires for Residential Chain Link Fencing

There are three primary types of wire materials used for residential chain link fencing:

  • Galvanized—Also known as zinc-coated, this type of wire can last 12 years or more without needing any maintenance, making it a popular choice for enclosing residential property. It can be constructed from two different ways: While a GBW fence is galvanized before it’s woven, a GAW is galvanized after it’s woven.
  • Stainless steel—Because this is the strongest material, it’s also the most expensive. Stainless steel is highly resistant to alkali and can endure high temperatures and other inclement weather. What’s more, it’s not as likely to break, sag or roll, so it can maintain its shape for a long time. That’s why it’s commonly used for highways, airports and other areas requiring above average performance.
  • Aluminum—This material resists corrosion, is lightweight and withstands challenging weather. It has the same coating process that’s done with galvanized wire. Aluminum chain length fences are recommended for school grounds, ranches and other areas of public use.

Size Considerations for Residential Chain Link Fencing

  • Height— Most chain link mesh comes in heights ranging from three to 12 feet and generally comes in 50-foot rolls.
  • Gauze size—Gauze sizes range from 13 to 6. The average gauze size is 11. The lower the gauge number, the thicker is the mesh. For example, a size 10-gauze is somewhat thicker than an 11-gauze, while the heaviest and thickest size is a 6-gauze.
  • Mesh size—To find the mesh size, measure the diameter of the diagonal interior squares. A typical mesh size is 2”, which means the wire gauge size is 9 or 11. However, if a mesh measures 2.25”, then the gauze is typically 11.5, which is thinner.

Considerations and Warnings for Residential Chain Link Fencing

Usually heavier chain length fence wire is more expensive than higher gauze or thinner wire. However, you don’t want residential chain link fencing that is too light because it’s more vulnerable to damage, meaning you’ll have to replace it prematurely.

Stainless steel wire can be hard to stretch and entails some upkeep.

The grid or mesh size you need depends on the purpose of your fence. The smaller the mesh size, the more durable is your fence as it has more metal. While industrial and high-security fencing requires a tiny mesh size of 0.38 to 0.62 inches, a residential size would be 2.38 inches. A mid-size mesh ranges from 1” to 1.75” and is suited for enclosing recreational centers such as pools and sporting arenas.

If you need help choosing a fence, please let the pros at Long Fence to assist you. Since 1945, they’ve been serving homeowners and commercial establishments with high quality fencing.