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Chain Link Fence:
Maintenance Tips to Last its Lifetime

October 16, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

While most new home communities make use of vinyl or wood fencing as their main fence material, there are still a lot of neighborhoods that allow homeowners to select from a wide variety of materials to create a perimeter around their homes. Many still choose one of the most affordable fences on the market that can keep outsiders from entering the yard while keeping pets and children safe inside: chain link fence. If you happen to own a home surrounded by one of these fences or are looking to install a fence that will last many years without blowing out your home improvement budget, here are a few maintenance tips for taking care of a chain link fence:

Keep Your Chain Link Fence Vine Free

Keeping vines, flowers and shrubs off the fence affords you greater longevity for your chain link fence.

A lot of homeowners think that vines on a fence are a wonderful way to add natural beauty to their yard. While that may be true, we don’t recommend that you grow vines, flowers or any kind of decorative plant on a chain link fence. While they may look nice, plants can grow through the chain link, causing the fence to lift on the bottom, which can create slight warps among the panels. This combined with a heavy snow or rain season can result in the fence losing its structural integrity over time. What you have left is a fence with leaning sections or bowing panels, which can cause severe bowing. Plants can also burst through the links and cause them to break, leaving sharp openings which can harm bot h humans and pets if they’re not careful.

Clean Your Chain Link Fence A Couple of Times a Year

This many sounds like a time-intensive process, but a good hosing down of your chain link fence will help it last a long time. You don’t need to do much—if you own a power hose, a good spray once a year easily does the job for keeping the fence clean. If you have a regular hose, just set your nozzle on the highest setting and give it a good watering down. For any areas with a bit of a buildup, you can often just take a bucket of water and a sponge to get rid of mud, bird poop, clumps of leaves and other debris stuck to your fence. For truly tough areas, you may need to get out a scrub brush and some dish soap mixed in with your water to keep the fence sparkling clean.

Apply Rust Protection Every Spring

If you want that chain link fence to last more than two decades, applying rust protection each spring can help you reach your goal. The most problematic area of a chain link fence is the bottom portion and many homeowners never seem to look down until that fateful day when they realize that the fence is completely rusted out just above the ground, especially if you have flowers planted close to where the fence sits. Don’t let this happen to you! Set a calendar item in whatever app you use (or mark the free calendar you get from China Garden. Come on, we know you have them hanging in your kitchen or office!), and when May rolls around, head to your local box store to get enough Rust Oleum (one of our favorites) and apply it to your fence. One can of spray covers about 15 square feet and you can even purchase it with a color in mind if you want to give your fence more visual appeal.

The greater level of care you provide to your fence–such as applying rust protection and repairing sections as soon as you notice any damage–makes a world of difference as to how long your fence can lat.

Repair Your Chain Link Fence When You Notice an Issue

One of the main reasons why homeowners love chain link is that if you have a sprawling yard, it’s an affordable material that’s fairly free of intense maintenance. However, over time you may find that certain sections of your chain link fence may require some maintenance. If you have children or pets that pull on or jump on the fence often, you may see a need to strengthen the connection between a panel and a post. You may also find that after a heavy winter and wet spring that the hinges on your gate may get a little rusty. Additionally, after years of heavy use, your gate may start to sage or dig slightly into the ground.

As soon as you notice something about the fence that requires a bit of a repair, take care of it right away. If you don’t, all you’re doing is setting yourself up for either a major repair job over time or the need for a replacement fence sooner than planned.

Take the time to take care of your chain link fence and it will last a long time. You can tell a homeowner who makes the effort as their fence looks as good as new once spring time rolls around because they’ve both cleaned it and made some repairs to keep the entire fence looking as if it was recently installed. It’s not all that hard to do and the one weekend you spend in the spring means the difference between a fence that last six to seven years versus eighteen to twenty. Just ask any of our fence consultants!

Thinking About Chain Link Fence?

If you’re in the market for a new chain link fence, you now have several options available to you that are much better than what was available just a few decades ago. You can now get a fence with dark green or black panels and posts and you can also build a fence with a vinyl or powder-coating, options that will automatically prolong the lifespan of the fence you install. You can also purchase commercial grade galvanized steel, which is great for homeowners with larger animals (think large dogs or horses) as these fences are extremely durable and can withstand a lot of pressure.

If you’re weighing your options for a new chain link fence or have one that needs some maintenance, contact us at 1-800-49-FENCE, click on our chat button or go to our Contact page and we’ll visit your home (or business) and give you a complete estimate.

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Chain Link Fence:
Still One of the Best When it Comes to Protecting Your Business

September 18, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Security remains one of the main reasons why businesses install fence around their property. Whether it’s to prevent thieves from running off with valuable inventory, stop burglars from gaining entrance into their offices or secure an environment meant for highly classified activities, a strong fence helps protect a business’ assets around the clock. According to the Frederick County crime report, in 2017 there was a decrease by 6.4% in crimes involving property from the year before. What accounts for this decrease? Some of this is due to the new technologies such as web-enabled security camera systems and motion activated lights. Another reason for this is that business owners are making greater use of security fence.

One of the most popular fences when it comes to security is chain linked fencing. Despite an incline in the residential market for chain link fence in newer residential neighborhoods, chain link fence remains a popular option for businesses looking to secure their outer perimeter and keep uninvited guests offsite. Here are a few reasons why commercial companies still make significant use of chain link fence:

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Chain link security fence: Still a cost-effective solution for keeping people off your property!

 

 

Chain Link Offers a Low-Cost Security Solution That Goes in Fast

Compared to other fence materials such as aluminum or wrought-iron, chain link fencing is highly cost effective compared to most other materials. When you compare other fence materials that provide strength and reliability, chain link comes in at a fraction of the cost of other materials.
If you have an extremely tight budget and need to cover a lot of ground, chain link gets the job done and keeps your project in the black. This explains why you’ll often see chain link installed around sports fields, playgrounds and industrial areas.

Chain link is also easy to install compared to other types of fence and so the time it takes to plan and build a fence is relatively quick. Businesses appreciate the quick turnaround, which speaks to why many companies use chain link as a temporary fence around a build site since the steel posts can be easily pulled out of the wire and the ground fencing itself can be rolled up and moved to a different location.

Chain Link Keeps Your Property Secure

When someone is scouting an area for places to rob, chain linked fencing acts as a deterrent as chain link is made from galvanized steel, one of the strongest metals in the fence industry. Additionally, you can increase the strength of your chain link fence through various mesh and gauge sizes—the smaller both are, the more difficult it is to climb or cut them. For additional security, you can often build a chain link fence higher in on a commercial property than in a residential area; sometimes you can build fences to be more than 12 feet high.

An add-on that also helps keep intruders off your property is barbed wire arms or strands. Installing them at the top of your fence helps keep people from trying to climb over the fence. Just make sure you check your local zoning laws regarding the use of chain link fencing and barbed wire.

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A popular option for newer chain link fences makes use of a color coating to either blend in or stand out on the property.

Chain Link is Easy to Maintain and Repair

Chain link fence requires minimal effort to maintain as there’s virtually no upkeep involved. For businesses, that’s a great benefit as a company can simply install their fence and not worry about it. To keep the fence clean, all you need is some soap and water or a strong hose to keep the fence looking shiny and new over time. You can also choose to add protective coatings in various colors to the fence to give your fence greater curb appeal, especially if your business sits adjacent to a residential area.

Chain link fence makes for one of the easiest fences to repair—especially if the fence gets hit by accident or becomes damaged through an act of extreme vandalism. In many cases, the old section that’s damaged gets cut out and replaced and you often match the newer fence pieces with the older sections, so it looks seamless once installed. If your fence begins to chip due to extreme weather conditions, you can easily touch up the fence and either repaint or recoat it to increase the life of your fence.

Chain Link Fence Offers Long-Lasting Durability

Chain link fencing remains one the industry’s most durable fences out there when it comes to security thanks to some of the chain linked fence materials. If you want a fence to last the life of your business, you can choose from either vinyl or galvanized steel coated fences. These fences can withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy snows and strong winds in addition to protecting your business from unwanted guests.

Need a Chain Link Solution

Looking for a chain link fence for your company? Click on our chat button give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE or visit our Contact page and we’ll send out one of our Commercial Fence Consultants to price out a chain link solution to help secure your property. We’ll even discuss some of our additional security features as well as other fence solutions given your business and security needs!

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Choose A Security Fence That’s Right for You

June 3, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Frederick Fence will help you choose the best security fence based on your facility’s needs.

The best security fence can be an excellent way to protect your business. Keep intruders at bay with a protection fence made of sturdy posts and strong, metal mesh. Animal pests can be a real problem, as well, especially if you have dumpsters behind your facility. Surrounding your waste area with the best security fence will keep these critters at bay! There are a plethora of protection fence options, and choosing the best one depends on what you’re planning to protect. Educating yourself on the best security fence will help you make an informed decision.

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