While chain link fences are some of the hardiest fences out there, it can still pay off to know how to repair what damage may occur over the years. Without proper care, a chain link fence can still last for many years. But with routine maintenance, or with the know-how to address problems as they come up, a chain link fence might as well last forever.
The Best Problem is One Prevented
To prevent the kind of situations that can cause a chain link fence harm, you first need to be able to recognize them. Chain link fences are made from steel wire, which means, just like anything made of steel, they are susceptible to rust. Ordinarily, this isn’t a huge problem, as chain link fences are designed in such a way that moisture cannot build up much on them. Even if it rains, the moisture simply slides off the links and falls harmlessly to the ground. It would take many, many, many years for the average rainfall to erode a fence. But vines like to crawl up onto the fence, trapping moisture beneath, can be a big problem for the longevity of your chain link fence. Other forms of vegetation can pose a threat as well. Keep an eye out for anything that has a tendency to climb onto other things. Growth of ferns, roots, certain flowering plants, and ivy should all be discouraged around and especially on your chain link fence.
Time For an Up-Grade
If you want to make your chain link fence as nature-proof as possible, you can get it galvanized. To galvanize a thing—in this case, the metal wires of your chain link fence— you coat it in a protective substance, such as zinc. This results in the fence being incredibly more durable and can double or triple its life expectancy. Another way to sustain the life of your fence is to coat it in aluminum, a metal that does not rust. This effectively makes your fence rust-proof! For those seeking to add a bit of color to their chain link fence, vinyl coatings are a fantastic option. Vinyl only adds some color to your fence, and like with galvanized and aluminum coatings, it prolongs the fence’s lifespan.
On the fence as to whether or not you need a new fence, or how best to care for one that’s already installed? Feel free to call us on our telephone number (1-800-221-6425) or visit us at one of our convenient locations in Swainsboro, Vidalia, Statesboro, or Sandersville. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!