Chain link fencing is a great solution for many yards and open spaces. It is durable and economical, but as with any investment you want to be sure to make it last for as long as possible. While chain link does not require much maintenance at all, here are a few tips to keep in mind to get the longest life out of your fencing material.
A chain link fence is the perfect choice for individuals looking for a no fuss option. It requires little maintenance other than:
- Removal of vines, shrubs and other greenery to prevent damage
- Limiting contact with items that can encourage the build up of moisture
Selecting the right form of chain link fencing will also increase the lifetime of your fence. Chain link fences can be found in galvanized, aluminized and vinyl coated versions. The differences in the metal and its treating has an impact on how long it will maintain its strength. For instance:
- Galvanized fencing options are the most common, and likely the ones you are accustomed to seeing around town. Without additional treatment for the metal, these fences will last an average of 15 to 30 years.
- Aluminized solutions look very similar, but carry an additional aluminum coating to protect the surface the fence. Fence life is extended by another 5 to 10 years with this option.
- Vinyl coating is becoming a popular option. The vinyl coating can add further life to your fence, and the available colors can enhance the visual appeal of the fence, either blending into the surrounding terrain or accenting existing landscaping.
A chain link fence is an outstanding financial investment for a home or business, especially if you’ve done your homework ahead of time and chosen the appropriate chain link option in the beginning. Feel free to give us a call so we can go over your options and give you an estimated price for each type.
And keep those vines off your fence!