When the words “chain link fence” is spoken, it instills thoughts of a metallic fence sitting low enough to hurdle. It seems generic, but it has compelling attributes. Thoughts of old homes with a front yard surrounded by a chain-link fence come to mind. This is why the chain-link fence has outlasted time for so long.
The chain-link fence has become a timeless installation and a metaphor for long-lasting, durability in the industry, and beyond. However, FencingDirect.com has managed to perfect it by offering numerous options at a low price.
We even offer a resource called “Fence Builder”, which allows you to draw out your project and receive a delivered price for all of the fence items required to install your project.
Chain-Link Fence Improved
Our chain-link fences are made of higher quality materials. There are many color-coated varieties, and the value of a chain-link fence is shown to the public by the decades and decades in which they last, protect, and enhance properties. This is why it is the highest-selling fence in America.
With the new materials, a chain-link fence can last longer than 20 years and counting. We offer the traditional galvanized type but also trendy color-coated varieties.
Both types of chain-link fences come in heights of 42’’, 48’’, 60’’, and 72’’. Commercial and residential chain-link fences are available at low prices yet the highest quality available on the market. The galvanized steel wire provides such strength that the chain-link fence is often called “the hurricane fence.”
Not only homes can benefit from the ability of the chain-link fence to blend into a background, yet remain durable and effective. Small businesses, municipalities, and federal projects can utilize chain-link varieties to incorporate them in countless ways.
The chain-link material has a galvanized core wire with coated, black PVC to prevent rust and corrosion. Privacy slats are available for both residential and commercial chain-link fences.
The patented PDS Vertical Fence Slats lend virtual privacy and security to any area. The slats also enhance the appearance of the chain-link fence. Various colors exist to complement your building’s, home’s, or warehouse's design. Some are black, white, green, and brown.
Different types of slats exist depending upon your requirements and desires for this fencing. Vertical slat inserts and weaving slat inserts are available. The most interesting design aspect in a chain-link fence offered by FencingDirect.com is Hedge Link Vertical Inserts. This product creates a natural hedge look on a chain-link fence. It requires absolutely no maintenance and its core is made of 16 gauge braided, galvanized wire. It is also flame-retardant and UV stabilized for protection against the Sun.
Why Chain-Link Fencing?
Chain-link fences have countless ways of being efficient and effective for residential and commercial uses. They can hold your pet in your yard, protect your property, and blend into the background well enough to be able to have your home's beauty noticed. Without chain-link fences, it would be dangerous and difficult to enjoy a baseball game behind home plate. It would be difficult to view a mixed martial arts fight without the durable and visual aspects of the chain-link fence.
It is almost guaranteed that after reading this article, you will surely notice chain-link fences where you never believed them to be present before.
How are Chain-Link Fences Made?
Chain-Link fences were first manufactured in 1844 through a process called “weaving.” The galvanized, metal wire is made into a flattened spiral. This spiral is winded past the blade, thus weaving itself into the previous spiral. When this spiral reaches the end of the fence, it is cut near the blade. Next, the entire spiral is flattened and the fence is moved in preparation for the next cycle. This makes the end of every second spiral overlapping the first spiral. Finally, the machine camps both ends and twists, thus making permanent links.
Today, the updated manufacturing involves winding two wires around the blade simultaneously, creating a double helix. A spiral is then woven through the previous spiral, allowing the entire process to go twice as fast without compromising the integrity of the fence.
Installing a Chain-Link Fence:
Building your chain-link fence is a simplified process; however, time must be taken to ensure its durability and effectiveness. The good news is that by following this process, your fence will be built properly and sustainable for at least 25 years. Visual figures assisting in construction are available for all fence types at FencingDirect.com.
1) Survey Property Lines
Make sure that you do not exceed property lines. To avoid this, setting your posts at least four inches inside of your property line is highly advisable. Accomplish this by stretching a string or chalk line along your property’s border, then setting the posts four inches inside of them. This will ensure that your concrete does not encroach past your property.
2) Locate and Set Terminal Post
* when digging post holes, watch for and checkout underground cable or pipelines and contact your utility company.
First, determine the location of the end, corner, and gate posts (terminal posts). Next, add the actual width of the gate to an allowance for hinges and latches. This will give you the distance between gate posts and latches. Single walk gates require three and three-quarter inches for hinges. Double drive gates require five and one-half.
Next, dig the holes to the appropriate depth ensuring that the bottom of the hole is wider than the opening of your hole. Then, mark all posts with chalk for the correct height of the fence. Terminal posts should be set two inches higher than the width of the fabric, and line posts should be two inches lower than the fabric width.
Set terminal posts in concrete using the ratio of one part cement, two parts sand, and four parts gravel. Be sure to mix a very heavy solution as too much water weakens concrete and may cause cracking. Make sure to use a carpenter’s level to set posts plumb. Next, crown all post footings for water drainage by sloping concrete away from the post.
3) Locate and Set Line Post
Mark the grade line on all line posts measuring from the top. Then, measure the distance between the terminal posts and make sure you allow the exact distance between line posts that is needed.
Then, stretch a mason’s line from outside of terminal posts to outside of terminal posts. The line post holes should be lined up so that when they are in the center of their holes, their centers will line-up with the terminal post centers. This means the outside faces of the line posts will be about one-quarter of an inch inside of the line stretched between the outside of the terminal posts. Now dig the line post holes and set the line posts.
4) Apply Fittings to Terminal Post
Check the materials list and fittings identification chart. After the posts have been installed and the concrete allowed to set, slip tension and brace bands on terminal posts.
The tension bands should be spaced approximately 10-12 inches apart. Do not spread or distort bands. All bolt heads for bands are on the outside of the fence and the threaded ends are on the inside. Then, apply all terminal post caps.
5) Apply Top Rail
Attach loop caps; they are set with the top rail hole offset toward the outside of the fence, making flush the outside face of the top rail through the loop caps. Join the top rail with a swedged end where required. The end of the top rail fits into the rail end fittings on the terminal post.
Hanging fabric is discussed in detail at FencingDirect.com
*IF ANY ASPECT OF ANY STEP LISTED ABOVE IS NOT COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD, PLEASE VISIT FENCINGDIRECT.COM/RESOURCES FOR VIDEO TUTORIALS AND INSTRUCTIONS WITH VISUAL FIGURES FOR EACH STEP.
Adding Fence Slats
Privacy slats are not difficult, but taking your time ensures the job will be done correctly in order to last exponentially longer. We have installation videos for this and all types of fences they offer.
Fence slats are only useable for 2-inch diamond mesh products. Slats are recommended and highly advised to be used on heavy residential or light commercial products only. The wind resistance on privacy slats ranges between 70-90%.
FencingDirect.com offers quality products from reliable manufacturers, shipped directly to your door for big savings. Building your own fence has never been made easier. A buyer could hop online, then use the helpful resources to find out what kind of fence is most appropriate for his/her needs.
Next, the *FenceBuilder tool can be used to know exactly what tools and products are needed to perfect the project, and then enjoy reliable shipping to your door.
Finally, watching the tutorials for installation of the specific product, in order to ensure proper installation is always a helping hand.
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