Product Guide: Chain-link
Often associated with security, chain-link fences are a versatile choice with many uses.
- Decorative – Vinyl color-coated options can make chain-link fence practically blend into the landscape around it. Black, green, and brown are most often used to minimize the presence of the fence.
- Residential – Chain-link is both an economical and secure way to protect children and pets. It provides security while allowing homeowners to see through it. Slats can also be inserted for additional security and privacy. Gates in single walk and double drive styles are often used with chain-link.
- Commercial & Industrial – Industrial chain-link is the number one way to provide a safe and secure work environment, with traditional metallic being a popular choice. Chain-link fence is an economical option in establishing security perimeters or enclosing hazardous areas from the public. Several types of sliding gates are available for commercial and high-security applications.
- Recreational – Used in parks, sports facilities, swimming pools, and other areas, chain-link fences are also used for temporary structures during special events like parades.
- Pool fencing – The open weave of chain-link allows a see-through protective barrier for adults to monitor the activity around the pool area.
The American Society for Testing and Materials recommends the following minimum standards for producing chain-link fencing:
- A392-96: Specs for Zinc-Coated Steel Chain-Link Fabric Fence
- A491-96: Specs for Aluminum-Coated Steel Chain-Link Fence Fabric
- F552-94: Terminology Relating to Chain-Link Fencing
- F567-00: Practice for Chain-Link Fence Installation
- F626-96a: Specs for Fence Fittings
- F668-99a: Specs for PVC-Coated Steel Chain-Link Fence Fabric
- F 934-96: Specs for Standard Colors for Polymer-Coated Chain- Link Materials
- F1043-00: Specs for Strength & Protective Coatings on Metal Industrial Chain-Link Fence Framework
- F1083-97: Specs for Pipe, Steel, Hot-Dipped Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) Welded, for Fence Structures
- F1183-96: Specs for Aluminum Alloy Chain-Link Fence Fabric
- F1553-96: Guide for Specifying Chain-Link Fence
- F1664-95: Specs for PVC-Coated Steel Tension Wire used w/ Chain-Link Fence
- F1665-95: Specs for PVC-Coated Steel Barbed Wire used w/ Chain-Link Fence
- F1908-98: Guides for Fences for Residential Outdoor Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas
When specifying a chain-link fence, it is recommended that all homeowners, architects, engineers, and specifiers consider the following variables:
- Mesh size – the size of the diamond, measuring from one side to the other
- Fabric gauge – the smaller the number, the thicker the wire used in weaving needs to be
- Top rail – supports fence fabric between line posts and corner posts
- Line post – general on 10 foot centers to support the top rail
Local building codes should always be consulted for the minimum fencing requirements in that area