Four Ways to Enhance Your Chain Link Fence

When it comes to ease of installation and a cost-effective price point, many homeowners still find chain link fences to be one of their preferred types of fencing.

Chain link fences, also known as wire-mesh fence, cyclone fence, hurricane fence or diamond-mesh fence, is a type of woven fence typically made from steel wire.  Depending upon your needs, you can purchase a chain link fence in various thicknesses.  Homeowners appreciate this fence, as it’s a highly economical way to create instant security for keeping your loved ones and animals inside your property while keeping intruders out. 

Typically, a chain link fence comes in a silver metal, which some do not consider as colorful and stylish enough for the look and feel of the environment they are trying to create.  However, if you’re looking for an enhanced chain link fence solution, here are some popular ways to do it:

Buy a Chain Link Fence of a Different Color

If you don’t like the standard metal color, you can purchase an all green or all black fence.  These two colors often blend in better with a property and can give your yard a bit more aesthetic appeal.  We sell both at Frederick Fence and can either replace your entire fence or certain sections of it.

Paint Your Chain Link Fence

If you want something other than black or green, you can also choose to paint your chain link fence.  Just make sure that you don’t spray paint your fence as you will lose a lot of paint to overspray. Instead, use a paintbrush to paint chain link fences at the posts and rollers on the actual chain link.  To ensure a proper coating, we recommend working with an oil-based, rust-inhibiting aluminum flake paint.  This way, the small specks of aluminum in the paint will overlap, creating a watertight bond on the metal.  However, if you happen to own a vinyl-coated chain link fence and wish to paint it, we suggest hiring a professional to do the job!


Install Fence Slats On Your Chain Link Fence

Want to beautify your fence and make a more colorful and textured statement on your property?  Install some fence slats among the links.  Fence slats are long pieces of aluminum, polyethylene, or wood that you can insert into your fence in a vertical, horizontal and diagonal pattern.  The good news is that they are easy to install and you can often find them in a variety of colors.  Homeowners often make use of slats on a chain link fence to create a bit of privacy.  Check out this video that shows you a great example of the use of fence slats.


Put Rolled Wood Fencing Over Your Chain Link Fence

If your goal is to hide your chain link fence rather than purchasing a new fence for your property, one final suggestion is to purchase rolled wood fencing to cover it completely.  Rolled wood fencing comes in a variety of materials including bamboo, willow, pine, fern, and twig.  You buy the materials in rolls; they are actually pieces of wood held together with wire.  The good news is that you can often buy the materials in varying heights, so you can sometimes find rolled wood that comes as much as 8 feet high, giving you a bit of privacy.  Rolled wood is easy to attach to a chain link fence; for the most part, all you need is some sixteen-gauge wire, a pair of wire cutters and pliers.  The only drawback to rolled wood is that the materials sometimes may not last long, meaning you may find yourself installing rolled wood fencing several times.  This is a great video on how to install rolled wood fencing.


Before deciding on how to enhance your chain link fence, we encourage you to investigate your options and price out your project.  Depending on why you’re interested in enhancing your metal chain link fence, you might be better off getting a new fence with fencing materials that will last longer and give you the results you need for the long haul!

Ready to Buy a Chain Link Fence?

Looking to buy a chain link fence for your property?  Contact us today and we’ll send out one of our consultants who will be happy to design a chain link fence solution that’s right for you!

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