A chain link fence is a great choice for any residential property, as it's affordable and somewhat easy for a homeowner to install on their own. It's also very durable and should last for many years, if not even decades. Note a few questions you might have about a residential chain link fence so you can discuss this option with a fence installer, and determine if it's the right choice for you.
What is the difference between a hurricane fence and chain link fence?
These two fences are actually the same thing; the terms "hurricane" and "chain link" are interchangeable. Don't assume that a hurricane fence is a stronger type of fence than chain link; the thickness of the chain and type of metal you choose for the fence will determine its strength, and "hurricane" has nothing to do with that strength.
What are chain link fence grades?
As said, the thickness or gauge of the wire determines the strength of the fence. It may seem contradictory, but a lower gauge means a thicker wire and stronger fence; because this can be confusing for homeowners, many chain link fence sellers classify their fences by different grades, so shopping and selecting is easier.
For example, a residential fence may be graded as light duty, meaning that it's not very thick and may only be used to mark off boundaries. Commercial fencing is usually the next thickest grade of fence, and this is meant for commercial properties, where there may be an increased risk for burglars to try to cut the fence links. Heavy-duty may be the thickest grade, and this fencing is often best for areas that need maximum security.
Does a chain link fence need maintenance?
Note that aluminium is naturally resistant to rust and corrosion, whereas steel may rust over time. If this happens, the fence would need sanding to remove the rust, and a new coat of sealant.
Fences that are coloured with a powder coating or paint may need touch-ups of this colour over time. The frequency of these touch-ups will depend on the quality of the fence manufacturer and their colouring processes, as well as the exposure of your fence to the elements that may fade, chip, or crack that colour coating. Also, a chain link fence may eventually sag in the middle of the sections between posts; it would then need an adjustment to pull the fence tight and reattach it to those posts, to keep it erect.