Chain Link Fence: Effective, Economical And Trending

When you hear "chain link fence," your first thoughts are probably of dull gray metal twisted up in a diamond pattern and surrounding a ballpark or a yard with dogs. But chain link fencing has come a long way in the last 20 years. Today, chain link fence isn't just a cost-effective way to secure an area, its an aesthetically pleasing option for homeowners, business owners, and any other individual who is in need of a long-lasting fence system. Read on to learn more about the options available in contemporary chain link fencing.


Traditional chain link is galvanized steel, meaning it is coated with zinc. This layer protects the steel by wearing away in bad weather or other harsh conditions and by offering cathodic protection, meaning it oxidizes when a wire is cut, preventing rust from forming and eating away at the steel. The thicker the zinc coating, the longer the fence should last.

Some chain link is aluminum-coated. Aluminum provides a barrier between the steel and the elements, but unlike zinc, it tends to rust as scratches and other imperfections occur.

Whatever you choose, steel is highly resistant to rust and easy to maintain.


If you think you are limited to gray or silver when it comes to chain link fencing, think again. Color-coated fences are readily available. Traditional color choices include black, white, green, and brown, but many fencing companies offer custom coloring for a price. Color is usually achieved through the application of a vinyl or polyester coating; however, if you are looking for a do-it-yourself project, you can quickly and cheaply color your fence with spray paint. However you do it, though, coloring your fence will help it blend into the background better.


Some people balk at chain link for its lack of privacy, but slats are an easy way to make your fence more private. These long pieces of aluminum, polyethylene, or wood come in a plethora of colors and can be woven through your fence vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.  

Before purchasing slats, be sure to answer these important questions:

  • What is the mesh size, gauge (diameter of wire), and height of my fence?
  • How sturdy do I need my slats to be? (Consider wind load and desired level of privacy.)


Surrounding the actual chains and links of a chain link fence are posts and fittings. A chain link fence doesn't have to evoke school playgrounds and prisons, but can look stately and attractive with the proper framework. Square posts with decorative features like finials can heighten your fence's appeal. Look into your options for post caps, gates, and other fittings through a company like Albemarle Fence Co Inc.