Norwalk Chain Link Fencing
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Chain Link fencing has come a long way here at Norwalk Fence Contractors! Back in the day your choice of chain link fencing was relegated to galvanized, or galvanized...and then there was uh..galvanized!
Chain Link colors
Whether you installed it as a front yard or a back yard fence, chain link was functional but not as aesthetically pleasing as you'd like.
But now you can get chain link in a variety of colors and mesh sizes. We've installed colors ranging from white to black, maroon, greens, blues, yellows, browns and even pink. If you want us to match a color, it's now doable!
The chain link wire is vinyl coated, but the posts can be vinyl coated, powder coated, or painted. A full vinyl coated system of wire, posts and fittings is often used near the ocean or large bodies of water where the salt and moisture can diminish the life of the galvanizing.
You can also mix and match post color and wire color if you’re looking to match a company or school color theme.
Chain Link Mesh Sizes
The mesh is the size of the diamond opening. The standard size you grew up with was most likely 2", but now it's woven in sizes as small as 3/8" mesh. You'll often see 1" or 1 1/4' mesh around pools as it is considered "non-climbable. In fact, it's not only used to keep people from climbing over the fence, but now is use as coyote fencing to keep coyotes out or your escape artist dog in!
The gauge refers to the thickness of the wire. Remember, the large the gauge, the thinner the wire. 11 gauge wire is thinner than 9 gauge. Standard gauge for light commercial or residential is 11 gauge, 2” mesh. 9 gauge wire is often used in schools and heavy industrial or institutional.
Careful that your fence contractor is not installing something such as 12 ½ gauge, 2 ¼” mesh. This wire is normally reserved for temporary or construction rental fencing. You can actually squeeze and distort this wire with your bare hands. Often, unlicensed fence contractors buy this wire at big box building material stores.
A quick note about buying fence materials at these types of stores. Big box stores tend to squeeze the material manufacturers into giving them ridiculously low prices. The suppliers in turn make cheaper fence materials specifically for these stores. Ever notice many of the fence displays are broken?
Chain Link Fencing is Affordable
Galvanized chain link fencing is considered to be one of the most affordable of fence styles. It's machine woven and installed by the roll. It's not advisable though to call and get a lineal foot price because each corner or termination point adds to the cost of the fence. For instance, a 100' straight line will be considerably less expensive than 100 feet with three corners and a gate in the middle. It's always best to have one of our fence consultants come out and give you a free estimate.
A good consultant, such as your Norwalk Fence Contractor, will inform you of slight modifications in your fence line or gate location that can literally save you hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.
We take pride in helping our clients manage their budget by selling them only what they need!
Chain link Security
Chain link fencing can be made more secure by decreasing the mesh, or adding barb wire or razor wire.
Barb wire usually is installed in three parallel strands, and can be installed straight up, angled out, or angled in.
Razor wire is nasty stuff! It’s installed in 16-18” coils (though larger coils are available for prisons, etc.). It usually must be installed a minimum of 7’ off the grounds to the bottom of the coil. Razor wire can pierce right through your glove and finger in the blink of an eye.
City codes, for barb wire and razor ribbon installation vary, so please check your local zoning codes!
The Pros of Chain Link Fencing
Besides affordability, Chain link fencing is quite versatile. It can be cut in small increments without waste because the remainder of the roll of chain link can be easily used for another job. If you're fencing a slope, chain link is one of the best fences to install because it can follow the terrain or grade.
If you're fencing along shrubs, you can use black vinyl coated chain link with black painted or vinyl coated posts to blend into the foliage (contrary to popular belief, it show much less than green vinyl coated wire).
If you're stepping up or down a wall, chain link is quick and easy to install. The posts and fittings are stock and readily available, unlike other types of fencing that must be manufactured or ordered.
Chain link also comes in a variety of stock sized – 3’, 42”, 4’, 5’, 6’, 7’, 8’, 10’, and 12’. Anything above 12’, such as baseball backstops, we can stack various fence heights to meet the need of the client.
The Downside of Chain Link Fencing
The biggest setback is the aesthetics of galvanized wire. Unfortunately, many cities will no longer allow chain link in the front yard because they simply don't know how nicely it can be dressed up (see the pictures on this page).
Also, unless it is small mesh wire, chain link can be easily climbed or cut.
We're happy to help you decide what the best fencing is for your individual needs.Call us at: