Nationwide Roofing and Fencing has been serving Dallas Ft. Worth and all of Texas since 1990, we strive for excellence and only work with the best manufacturers of fence products. One area we specialize in is in the installation of chain link fence. A chain link fence is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized or color coated steel wire. Metallic-coated chain link fence is the most economical material choice. With color coated chain link fence the color choices include black, green and brown (the color coating also prevents the chain link fence from rusting, helps it blend into the surroundings and has a smoother finish that’s perfect for environments with children).
With chain link fence the wires run vertically and are bent into a zig-zag pattern so that each “zig” hooks with the wire immediately on one side and each “zag” with the wire immediately on the other. This forms the characteristic diamond pattern of the chain link fence. Generally, the smaller the diamond size, the stronger the chain link fence. Diamond size is the distance between the parallel sides of the mesh (inside edges). The residential standard for chain link fence recommends diamond size be no larger than 2 1/8″ for fences three to five feet tall, and no larger than 2″ for fences six feet tall or taller. When surrounding a swimming pool with a chain link fence, diamond size should not exceed 1 1/4″ or privacy slats should be used to make diamond size smaller, preventing children from climbing the fence.
Other than the diamond size, the strength of a chain link fence and its ability to withstand pressure depend on its mesh density, and gauge. The strength of the fence increases with a tighter, denser mesh. Thicker wiring, measured as “gauge,” also increases the strength of the fence, ranging from values of 13 to 6. Consumers should note that smaller measurements in gauge indicate a stronger wire strength. A gauge of 13 may be suitable for a temporary chain link fence, while a gauge of 6 can be expensive and is not commonly used for most residential purposes. It is also important to note that links protruding from the bottoms and tops of fences may be sharp and many recommend blunting the edges or joining the protruding links to form wedges or “knuckles”.
Although gray steel prevails as the image most people hold of chain link fences and a structurally sound fence is based on its steel wiring, today residents and businesses may select from color choices to coat the steel mesh. Zinc galvanization provides a popular coating as it helps to prevent rust by adhering to exposed areas, however it is not durable. The steel may be galvanized before or after being woven into a mesh; however, post-weave galvanization ensures a higher level of coating.
Consumers should weigh these options balanced against the cost of the fence and we’re happy to show you examples here at our showroom. In contrast to zinc, aluminum may also be used to coat chain link fences as it lasts longer than zinc, however small breakages in the aluminum coating will likely lead to rust and also greatly reduces the chain link fence’s aesthetic appeal over time. Polymer coverings, such as vinyl, are also used in many cases. As polymer coatings offer more colors to the consumer, they may be more versatile as a landscaping element thus and may be desirable in cases where aesthetics override other concerns.
The final other aspect of a chain link fence that determines the strength of the framework depends on the diameter of the post. Wider posts contribute to strength of chain link fences, with typical posts range from 1 3/8″ to 2 3/8″. The quality of the steel represents another important consideration. The popularity of chain-link fence is from its relatively low cost and that the open weave does not obscure sunlight from either side of the fence. Today’s quality chain link fence generally has a 5 – 15 year manufacturer’s warranty or longer covering everything from structural problems to cosmetic failure.
Most chain link fence can be expected to maintain structural integrity well beyond the warranty period. The installation of chain link fence involves setting posts into the ground and attaching the fence to them. The posts may be steel tubing, timber or concrete and may be driven into the ground or set in concrete. End, corner or gate posts, commonly referred to as “terminal posts”, must be set in concrete footing or otherwise anchored to prevent leaning under the tension of a stretched fence. Posts set between the terminal posts are called “line posts” and are set at intervals not to exceed 10 feet.
Chain link fence has always been a leader in fencing value. Metallic-coated chain link offers the most protection for the lowest cost, and for just a little bit more, color-coated chain link offers that same protection with a colorful twist. Dollar for dollar, even the most elegant chain link fence will be more cost effective than wood, vinyl or ornamental fence styles
At home residences, chain link fence is ideally suited to enclose properties, gardens and serve as a backdrop to climbing plants. Another common use is to meet compliance and safety requirements in protecting a swimming pool. Unlike most fences, chain link fence is see-through, allowing the beauty of your garden to be admired. It is also an effective barrier against common garden pests and neighborhood children. Also, unlike wood, chain-link fence will not rot or require upkeep.
Chain link fence is also a common choice for homeowners and businesses for security fencing because of its strength, corrosion resistance, “see thru capabilities”, ease of installation, versatility, variety of product selection and value. A chain link fence is one of the primary building blocks for a home and business facility’s perimeter security system. The physical security barrier provided by a chain link fence chain link fence provides one or more of the following functions:
- Gives notice legal boundary of the outermost limits of a home and or facility.
- Assists in controlling and screening authorized entries into a secured area by deterring entry elsewhere along the boundary.
- Supports surveillance, detection, assessment, and other security functions by providing a zone for installing intrusion detection equipment and closed-circuit television (CCTV).
- Deters casual intruders from penetrating a secured area by presenting a barrier that requires an overt action to enter and addition to being a psychological deterrent.
- Reduces the number of security guards required and frequency of use for each post. • Demonstrates a corporate concern for facility security
- Provides a cost effective method of protecting facilities We are mindful there are residents that sometimes face competing interest, one one hand there may be neighborhood covenants and zoning regulations that prohibit the use of chain link fence while they themselves feels they can balance their fencing needs with the aesthetic concerns of the neighborhood.
Due to a lack of information about today’s chain link fence, neighborhood associations, developers, and in some cases, government regulators are restricting the use of chain link fence in residential areas without considering its benefits. Chain link fence has improved both its aesthetic appeal and product quality. We can design an intermixed ornamental wood post framework with a chain link fence and or use vinyl or polymer-coated fence that adds color to today’s quality chain link fabric and framework. There are new designs and options that enhance the aesthetic appeal of chain link fence in residential applications that protect children, property and pets. For example square posts that have attractive ornamentation like balls, finials or post caps on top. Chain link fabric can be added to wood fences to improve security and better control pets while preserving the appeal of wood. In addition, high quality slats can be used to deliver maintenance free privacy.
Indoor Warehouse Fence, Wire Partitions, Wire Security Cages and Wire Enclosures Chain link fence isn’t always used outdoors, many facilities find it very economical to use chain link fence as an ideal way for partitioning off interior spaces to provide secure enclosures in their warehouses and storage facilities. Indoor chain link fence is an effective solution to a variety of security, storage and organizational problems. In face wire partitions, wire security cages, and wire fencing enclosures are used in warehouses, industrial, and other commercial applications for a wide variety of uses. Fencing or wire Mesh is securely welded inside sturdy angle frames to create a single wire partition panel. These wire mesh partition panels are then bolted to square steel tubing posts to create a strong and rigid modular wall or enclosure.
The wire partitions, cages, all created from chain link fence are specifically designed to secure all types of products and machinery, including robotics, tools, evidence, and even data servers and computer equipment. Wire partitioning, cages and mesh enclosures allow work space to be more effectively separated, managed and secured. Partitions can be used to divide portions of floor space or separate employees from hazardous areas and industrial machinery. Wire mesh enclosures and cages are commonly used to secure high-value inventory items, more susceptible to theft.
Modular Wire Partitioning
Modular Wire Partitioning offers near unlimited versatility to meet most any requirement. Engineered in its design is the ability to relocate and change the configuration without destroying the panels.
Common applications where wire partitions are utilized include:
● Tool Cribs & Parts Inventories
● DEA Approved Cages
● Evidence Storage
● Tenant Lockers
● Data Center Server Network Equipment Cages
● Retail operations utilize wire mesh enclosures for securing off-floor high-value inventory items such as electronics, jewelry, cosmetics, liquor and wine.
Chain Link Fence – Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chain Link Fabric? Chain Link Fabric (also commonly known as wire or mesh) is formed by weaving a series of spirals together to make a diamond pattern that is available is a variety of sizes and gauges. The most common is a 2″ Pattern (for pool fences a diamond size of less than 2″ is required) with #9 gauge wire. The 2″ Pattern refers to the mesh size which is the distance between two parallel wires in the fabric.
What does the gauge of the wire refer to? The individual spiral wires that are woven together to form the fabric are comprised of steel wire, gauge is the diameter of that wire. The higher the gauge number the smaller (thinner) the wire diameter. The most common gauges are 6 gauge (.192″), 9 gauge (.148″), 11 gauge (.120″) and 11-1/2 gauge (.113″). 9 Gauge is the most common wire sized used for both residential and commercial applications. 11 and 11-1/2 gauge are typically used for temporary fencing, while the 6 gauge is used in high security applications.
What does “selvage” refer to? How the top and bottom (where the woven strands of wire are bent together) of the chain link fabric is finished is referred to as the selvage. The common selvage types are “Knuckle” and “Barbed” (or twisted). Knuckle is more round and thus safer, there are no sharp points to get caught on clothing or people. Barbed or twisted have sharp ends and are usually used in high security applications.
What is the Framework? Framework is the tubular steel (or pipe) frame that chain link fabric is attached to. The framework is typically comprised of three major components- top rail, line posts and terminal posts. The chain link fence framework is also galvanized coated to provide protection against corrosion.
What are fittings? To assemble a chain link fence system, several types of fittings are required. There are specific fittings used for line posts, terminal posts and with gates. For most residential applications, lighter weight and more economical die cast steel or aluminum fittings are used. In commercial and industrial applications, fittings are typically made of cast iron or malleable steel. All our steel fittings are galvanized coated. The fittings secure the components of the fence, and in applications with gates they allow for movement and securing of the gate leafs. Please see our Chain Link Fence component guide below for more information. Vinyl coating fittings are also available for a complete vinyl coated fence system.
Do the posts need to be set in concrete footings? No, it is not required that the posts be set in concrete footings. We typically recommend driving (or pounding) the posts in the ground to a minimum depth of 4′. We use a pneumatic post driver that literally hammers the post through the soil, for DIY installations you can use a handheld post driver (which we loan out). Driving posts into the ground allows for minimum disturbance of the naturally compacted soil, this helps prevent heaving and movement. Also, installation is faster and easier and has the least amount of impact on surrounding landscape. We do recommend that the gate and terminal posts sometimes be set in concrete footings, depending on the application and soil conditions- please ask your salesperson if this applies to your installation.
Do you offer anything special for chain link fences around swimming pools? Yes. Since chain link fences are so popular for around swimming pools, almost all of our chain link systems are made “pool legal”. We also offer removable fence panels and sliding gates, slats, and other popular choices for those who entertain, as well as alternate choices for gate hardware.
How does my fence installation process go? Generally it’s a 5-step process.
1. We’ll talk to you on the phone to get a general understanding of your chain link fence needs. We’ll then come to your site with sample materials and survey the property lines. It is important to ensure that the boundary lines of the property where the chain link fence is to be installed. All posts should be at least 4 inches inside all property lines. This helps in avoiding the encroachment of adjoining property with foundations of concrete. Once we learn details of the scope and scale of your project, and your chosen materials, we’ll present you a formal quotation outlining your chain link fence project and project schedule.
2. Once we’re on the same page and in agreement of your chain link fence project, we will start firstly by identifying and placing the terminal posts. That is the gate post, corner and end posts. The length between the posts of the gate is determined by combining the allowance of the latches and hinges plus the accurate gate’s width. Mostly single walking gates need 3 ¾ inches for latches and hinges while double driving gates need 5 ½ inches. Once this is done, the holes are dug. A typical chain link fence terminal post holes should be dug about 30 inches deep and 8 inches in diameter. Terminal posts are placed 2 inches above the fence fabric height while the line posts are placed two inches lower than the fence fabric height. The terminal post is surrounded in the hole using concrete, with the footings of the post crowned and sloped downwards to drain away the water.
3. Next for your chain link fence project is the identification and placement of line posts. After the footings from the terminal post are dry, in such a way that the posts have stabilized, a string is positioned outside the terminal post’s face and pulled 4 inches below. The height of the line post is designed such that it is two inches lesser than the fabric height. The length between the terminal posts is then determined to guide in placing the line posts. The line posts are dug 24 inches deep and 6 inches wide. The line posts are then centered in the hole while ensuring that they are aligned with the terminal post’s center. Like the terminal posts, a concrete is poured surrounding the line posts and sloping downward to drain away water.
4. The next stages of installing a chain link fence involve the application of fittings to terminal posts. Brace bands and terminal bands are placed on terminal posts after which one places caps on the terminal post. This may then be followed by installing top rail that is placed on top of every line post. The top rail may be connected with a wedged end, with each rail end band tightened using the terminal post. These final stages also involve hanging the fabric. Once the framework has been assembled, the fabric is unrolled on the ground near the fence line beginning from the terminal post. The fabric may also be stood up against the frame of the fence and then attached loosely to the top rail to hold it in place. The fabric is placed on the outside face of every post and your chain link fence is set for the final stage.
5. The final and crucial stage is stretching the fabric (the wire mesh of the chain link fence). Here, a tension bar is inserted at the end of the fabric while a fence stretcher is attached to the bar. The tension ought to be kept in check when stretching the fabric. The fabric height should be about ½ inch above the top rail to guarantee appropriate height. Having completed the entire fence, the last stage involves hanging the gate. On one of the gate post, male hinges are fixed upside down on the top hinge to avoid lifting off the gate. The female hinges, on the other hand, are fixed loosely on the gate frame in which they are linked to the male hinges. The chain link fence installation process ends by ensuring that the gate top aligns with the fence top. Your chain link fence can be aligned either following the curvature of the ground or made to be straight across the top. If you align your chain link fence where the top is straight there may be places, depending upon the ground, along the fence row where small children or animals can dig and crawl out. This placement is a personal preference.
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Our commitment to you is simple: Our friendly staff will take the time to get to know you and your chain link fence project. We’ll help you design your Chain link fence then we’ll install the highest quality material available. We’ll do this for a price at or below industry standard. We want to help educate you to the process so that you can make informed decisions about your project. We guarantee our work and we’ll help you maintain your investment through regular servicing. Fill out our online FREE estimate form and we will contact you to set up your fence estimate.
As a general rule when adding any kind of outdoor structure, including a fence, obtaining a permit from the city or county pending on your location is required before construction can begin. The regulations and codes established by your city/county will tell you what exactly you need to obtain your permit. Below are a list of city websites in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex area with information on obtaining a permit for your fence or fence repair. As an added service, when you hire Buzz Custom Fence, we will handle all the permit regulations to make your next fence purchase hassle free.