Styles and Looks
Chain link is more versatile than people often imagine, and allows for customization.
Typical heights vary from three to twelve feet tall. A home fence could be as short as three feet tall, while tennis courts and industrial fencing could be 10 – 20 feet tall.
Gauge size also varies. The lower the gauge, the stronger the wire. Usual gauge size is 13 to 6, with 13 being the lightest – used for temporary fencing – and 6 being the strongest. People usually choose 11 gauge for residential fencing. The heavier 9 gauge is used for most commercial projects
Stainless steel is the most common material for chain link fences. Aluminum is another option, which requires less maintenance and is easier to move, but not as strong as stainless steel.
The purpose of your fence will determine the necessary grid size. For example, a baseball backstop requires a grid size that can contain a baseball. Smaller grid size is generally sturdier and used for higher security and industrial fencing.
You can get chain link coated with colored polyester, PVC or vinyl. These coatings increase your fence’s UV resistance, limiting corrosion and damage. Coatings also allow for color; green and black can help a fence blend into the background.