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Advantages & Disadvantages of Chain Link Fence

If you’re considering installing a fence, whether it’s around your back yard, your business, as a boundary between rural lands or in a public area, you’re probably considering chain link. Chain link fences are among the most popular types and are chosen again and again for many different applications. But why are they so popular? Fence Center provides the following list of some of the major advantages and disadvantages of chain link, which you should consider before choosing your fence type.

Advantages:

  • Low cost – Out of all of the varieties of fencing available, chain link is among the most cost-effective to install, especially when its long lifespan is considered. Many homeowners, business owners and parks use chain link fencing as a cost saving measure.Image of chain link fence.
  • Durable – Chain link fencing is incredibly durable. Because the wind passes right through the open links, these fences are less susceptible to strong winds, storm damage, and snow damage. They are made of steel and incredibly strong. Properly installed, a chain link fence will last for decades.
  • Little maintenance required – Hand in hand with the durability, a properly installed chain link fence will not require significant maintenance. The main maintenance is trimming off plants that grow up along the fence links, if desired.
  • See-throughA huge advantage of a chain link fence is that it is effectively see-through. This has led to widespread use of chain link fence at high-security locations where guards or cameras need to be able to see people approaching on the far side of the fence line. No other fence type boasts this unique advantage. Similarly, chain link fence is preferred in schools and parks where parents and teachers can easily oversee children even through the fence line.
  • Does not block light – In less security-focused environments chain link’s transparency still carries an advantage: sunlight. If you have a garden or landscape elements, you may not want to block their light with an opaque fence. Chain link allows a solid fence line without creating shade.

Disadvantages:

  • Climbable – As most kids know, a chain link fence is climbable. Climbing is harder for adults (who have bigger feet) but still possible. In a security situation, this can be offset by adding barbed wire at the top, but this isn’t ideal for all applications.
  • Aesthetics – Although chain link fences have become a normal part of the urban environment, many people still prefer a “prettier” fence such as wood, white picket or a wrought iron fence.

Are you considering a chain link fence? What gave you the idea?

Check out our selection of chain link fencing, as well as our variety of other types, and see which one suits you the best. At Fence Center, we can help you find exactly what you need to protect your yard, property, or other space. Contact us today!

Fall Home Improvement Project – Build A Fence!

A recent Zillow® survey shows that 52% of homeowners are planning home improvement projects this Fall. With the fall months approaching and the weather turning a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to get some home projects done before winter comes. In addition, many home improvement companies are looking to unload product to prepare for the new season, so it’s possible to get fantastic deals for your home improvement project.

In fact, you can find a 10% discount on our Facebook page here.

image of a fence and fall foliage
Looking to get the most bang for your time and money? One of the best ways to improve the security of your home and increase its value is through constructing a new fence. Constructing a fence is minimally invasive, can easily be done by you and a few friends, and won’t cost as much as other bigger projects. However, one of the things you’ll need to consider is what type of fence you want.

Here are some of the more popular fence materials you can choose from:

Vinyl Fencing

vinyl fence imageIf you’re looking for an alternative to wood fencing that will last much longer and not be subject to rotting and other concerns, vinyl fencing might be a viable option. Although it can be a little on the expensive side, a vinyl fence will last you a very long time, more than making up for the costs. In addition, vinyl provides excellent security and privacy if you’re leery of nosy neighbors.

Aluminum Fencing

aluminum fence imageAluminum fences are generally less expensive than vinyl and can add aesthetic value to your home as well. Homeowners often choose aluminum fences for their ornate designs and patterns. However, aluminum fences also provide great security as well. If you’re looking for a more ornamental face that still has pretty good durability, an aluminum fence might be best for your home.

Chain Link Fencing

image of black chain link fence gateA chain link fence is never going to win a beauty contest, but if you’re in need of a fence that will demarcate boundaries and provide security, you can’t go wrong with a chain link fence. If you’re hesitant to cover all of your boundaries with a chain link fence, a good idea might be to use steel or aluminum ornamental facing for the visible boundaries and chain-link for the less visible areas. Chain-link also is by far the cheapest material, which could be beneficial if you’re on a budget.

No matter what type of material you choose, you won’t find better prices than you will when you shop at Fence Center. Contact a representative today to learn more about the best option for your home.

Stay tuned to our blog for more fence tips and information. As always, we’re happy to answer ANY questions you might have about DIY fence projects, fence repair or fence maintenance. Leave a comment here, call us toll free 1-888-336-2358 or find all of our customer service information here.

What type of fence to choose if you have children.

There’s no question that if you have young children, you should have a fence around your property. The fence will prevent your children from leaving the yard or your line of sight and stop unwanted visitors or strangers from entering your yard. However, the next question you might have after you decide that you want to construct a fence in your yard is which type of fence would be best for your needs? While any fence can be a great addition to your home, each offers different advantages.


Chain Link FenceA chain link fence is one of the most affordable options you can choose. It’s also very easy to install and will keep your children protected.  However, if you do purchase a chain link fence, you must be aware that chain link fences are very easy to climb. Therefore, you’ll need to explain to your children why they shouldn’t or keep a close eye on them when they’re outside.


Wood Fence: A wood fence is another option that might work. They certainly provide more privacy than other fences because they completely block the view of your yard. They’re generally safe, but you’ll need to be mindful of splinters that could result from contact with the fence. They will also require more maintenance than other fences you’ll find at Fence Center.


Vinyl FenceVinyl fences have gotten more popular in recent years because of their durability. Wood fences are more likely to break than vinyl fences, and vinyl fences can withstand heavy activity, such as serving as a soccer goal for backyard play.
The type of fence you purchase will depend on the ages of your children, your budget and the specific characteristics of your backyard. Whatever the case, you can find the perfect fence for your home and family at Fence Center. In addition to chain link and vinyl fences, we offer many different aluminum and bamboo fences as well. Contact a representative today to learn more.