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The Ultimate Guide To Chain Link Fencing

While other fence types are becoming more popular, many homeowners and property owners still turn to chain link fences. Chain link is versatile. It’s also quite affordable and surprisingly strong. This makes it a great choice for those who want to define property lines and secure pets and belongings. 

At BarrierBoss, we provide a superior chain link fence product. Read on to learn more.

The Versatility of Chain Link Fencing

Let’s start by talking about why people install chain-link fences. The main reason, of course, is to keep unwanted visitors out and to protect what’s on the inside. Many homeowners choose chain-link fences for pet protection in lieu of electric fence options.

Before exploring the various settings where chain-link fences can benefit, let's first understand why people choose to install fences. Homeowners and property owners have numerous reasons, ranging from security and privacy to property delineation and pet containment. Further, any fence can often deter would-be criminals from trespassing on your property.

This said, if you are thinking of a fence for your property, be sure to consider the following:

  • Cost
  • Strength
  • Maintenance Requirements
  • Visual Appeal

While metal, wood, and vinyl are common alternatives, chain link fencing is both affordable and versatile. It offers a practical solution for those who need security but have a budget to stick to.

Chain Link Fencing is Highly Cost-Effective

According to Forbes, installing a chain link fence falls within the range of $1,200 to $4,000. The average homeowner expenditure is approximately $2,100. And while this cost is likely for a smaller property, homeowners should know that the actual fence cost is determined by the following: length, height, and the type of materials used.

Here’s how you can calculate the estimated cost of a chain link fence:

  • Measure the Perimeter: Measure the perimeter to determine the length of fencing needed in linear feet. You may then need to translate this to yards. There are three linear feet in a linear yard, so one yard is equivalent to 36 inches long.
  • Determine the Height: Choose a height. Our chain link comes in segments that are either 4’ or 6’ in height.
  • Pick Materials: Select from finishes such as powder-coated metal, galvanized metal, vinyl-coated metal, or bare metal. 
  • Do the Math: Using your measurements from above, calculate the cost of your metal fencing based on the current pricing on the BarrierBoss website.
  • Calculate How Many Posts You Need: Install posts every eight to 10 feet along the perimeter. Don’t forget to add the cost to your previous total.
  • Account for Gates and Finishing: Decide if you need any gates or finishing hardware. Most homeowners opt for one or two gates. And, post caps can improve the overall look of your fence design. 

As we suggested, chain-link fences can be used for numerous purposes, and you will see them in a wide variety of settings:

  • Residential Properties
  • Commercial Properties
  • Recreational Areas
  • Swimming Pools

Benefits of Chain Link Fencing

Here’s why we think our chain link fences are the best choice.

  • Cost Effectiveness: It's budget-friendly. 
  • Provision of Security: It creates a boundary likely to deter would-be criminals.
  • Sustainability: Our chain link is constructed in Sri Lanka, versus China, where many of our competitors' products are made. We use a hot-dip zinc galvanizing process. Because zinc and steel are both abundant, natural and 100% recyclable, the process we use is highly sustainable, which makes it better for the environment.
  • Toughness: Our chain link is woven tighter than you will see in competitive products. This creates more “diamonds” and makes it stronger.
  • Options: We offer 26 different color choices and two height options (4’ and 6’).
  • Easy to Maintain and Repair: Chain link fences require minimal maintenance and can be easily repaired if damaged.
  • Quick Installation: Chain link fences can be installed quickly and efficiently. In most cases, you can install it with just two people.

Supplies Needed to Install a Chain Link Fence

Before you begin your chain link project, you will need some supplies. Here’s a list you can use to make sure you are properly prepared.

  • Concrete Mix
  • Brace Bands
  • Carriage Bolts with Nuts
  • Chain-link Fence Clips (Hog Rings)
  • Rail Ends (End Cups)
  • Fence Fabric from BarrierBoss
  • Fence Ties
  • Gate and Gate Hardware
  • Line Posts
  • Post Caps
  • Offset Loop Post Tops
  • Tension Bands
  • Tension Bars
  • Tension Wire.
  • Terminal Posts
  • Top Rails
  • Landscape Stakes
  • Furring Strips and Wood Screws (for Batter Boards)
  • Scrap 2-in x 4-in Wood Boards
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In addition to supplies, you'll likely need the following tools:

  • Bucket (5-gallon)
  • Come-along Winch
  • Mortar Hoe
  • Digging Bar
  • Drill/Driver and Bits
  • Hack Saw
  • Mason's String
  • Pliers
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Post Level
  • Power Auger (Optional)
  • Shovel
  • Socket Wrench (Ratchet)
  • Fence Stretcher Bar 
  • Tensioner
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tape Measure
  • Safety Mask
  • Eye Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Work Gloves
  • Writing Utensil

Having these supplies and tools readily available will streamline the installation process and ensure a successful outcome for your chain link fence project.

Installing a Chain Link Fence

Installing a chain link fence, whether you opt for a black one or one of our other popular PVDF-coated colors, is a relatively straightforward DIY project. Before you begin, check local building codes and homeowner's association guidelines. They may have restrictions related to fence styles, size, and placement. 

Remember to ask about any specific requirements for fence post holes. Usually, the requirement is two feet in depth. We also recommend that you dig the post hole so that its diameter is about three times as wide as your fence post. This is the best way to ensure your fence stays secure.

And, if you're uncertain whether a chain-link fence is the right choice for your property, explore other options before you start. You may decide that corrugated metal fencing or white vinyl fencing is a better choice for your needs. 

However, if you decide that chain-link is right for you, here is what you need to know to get started.

  • Determine if a permit is necessary.
  • Pay attention to the property slope. This can greatly impact how the fence is installed. If your slope is too big, you may need to make some unique decisions regarding the style and pattern.
  • Determine if you will require privacy slats for added privacy and security.
  • Mark your property lines and discuss the project with your neighbors.
  • Use graph paper to create a detailed plan for your fence. Include post and gate locations. Leverage the insights you gained when determining the materials needed (see our recommendations earlier in this article).
  • Assemble all necessary tools and materials.
  • Enlist a helper, as installing a fence is typically a two-person job.
  • Receive delivery of your chain link fence materials.

9 Key Steps to Install a Chain Link Fence

Now that you’ve completed the prep work, here are the steps to install your chain link fence.

  1. Contact your local utility company to have them mark your yard for water, gas, and any other buried lines that could be damaged when digging.
  2. Mark the layout of your fence using stakes and string.
  3. Dig holes for the chain link fence posts according to the specified depth and spacing. Typically, this is six to eight feet apart.
  4. Set the posts in concrete. Make sure they are plumb and properly aligned with your layout.
  5. Attach the tension bands to the end posts and install the top rail.
  6. Unroll the chain link fabric along the fence line. Secure it to the posts with tension wires.
  7. Install the line posts and attach the fabric using tension bars and bands.
  8. Install the gate(s) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  9. Add any finishing touches. Common additions are caps for the posts or privacy slats for additional security.

What Sets BarrierBoss Apart

We know that you know that not all products are created equal. BarrierBoss takes pride in offering high-quality fencing solutions:

  • No Imports from China: BarrierBoss sources its materials exclusively from tariff-friendly countries. Our fencing comes from Sri Lanka.
  • In-House Galvanization: We galvanize our own steel in a zinc bath. This allows us to monitor the quality of your end product.
  • Custom PVC Batching System: We have our own in-house PVC batching system, which allows us to offer a wide range of color options, including green, black, brown, and more.
  • Maximum Diamond Openings: You get the most diamond openings in a chain link roll because we tightly weave the fabric together.

    Discover the Superiority of BarrierBoss Chain Link Fencing

    Chain link fencing is affordable, strong, and can serve a variety of different purposes. Not only that, but for those experienced in fence installation, it’s relatively easy to install when you have someone to help you.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why do people use chain link fences?

    People use chain link fences for their affordability, strength, and versatility. Chain link fences do an adequate job of providing security and defining boundaries. They can be used both for residential and commercial properties and are very popular for swimming pool enclosures.  Additionally, chain link fences are fast to install and require very little maintenance.

    How do you make a chain link fence look classy?

    To make a chain-link fence look classy, consider adding privacy slats, decorative gates, or vines or shrubs for a natural barrier. At BarrierBoss, our custom PVC batching system offers 26 different colors. Choose from green, black, or brown to blend seamlessly with your property.

    Does a chain link fence increase property value?

    While chain-link fencing may not directly increase property value, it won’t decrease value, either. However, it offers security and boundary definition. 

    Is a chain link fence good for dogs?

    Yes, chain link fences are suitable for dogs. They provide a secure enclosure, allowing pets to roam freely while letting you keep an eye on them. These fences, at either 4’ or 6’ heights, prevent dogs from escaping and keep them safe within the property. Adding privacy slats can further enhance security.