Most residential homeowners today choose wooden, composite, or vinyl fences over chain link options because of the myths surrounding the material. While chain link fencing is not the perfect option for every homeowner looking to secure their property and protect their family, you might be surprised at how good of a fit chain link can be. Let’s bust some of the myths surrounding chain link fencing!
Myth #1: Chain Link Fences are Dangerous
Many homeowners think of the unmaintained, poorly constructed chain link fences of their youth and worry that they won’t be safe for pets or children. Older models of chain link fences were not so sturdily constructed, so they occasionally had sharp corners that could stick out and cause nasty scratches or scrapes. Today’s chain link fencing is designed specifically with children and pets in mind, so edge wires are always turned in and secured. Properly maintaining your chain link fence (and any residential fence) will also ensure that your fence stays safe for the whole family.
Myth #2: Chain Link Fences Don’t Last
This is another myth that has roots in the history of chain link fences. Older fences used to be constructed from rust-prone materials, so they would rust and become worthless over time. Today, chain link fences are made from many different metals that are specifically formulated not to rust. Other chain link fencing is coated in vinyl to protect against rusting (and any sharp corners that could scratch). Some chain link fences made with galvanized steel can rust, but they won’t start to rust until at least 10-15 years into the life of your fence. That lifespan may seem short, but compared with the cost savings in maintenance and installation, chain link fencing is less expensive than wooden or vinyl fencing.
Myth #3: Chain Link Fences are Easily Damaged
While it is a myth that chain link fencing is easily damaged, it is true that fixing a damaged chain link fence can be a pain. Repairing a chain link fence typically means replacing an entire section of your fence. However, chain link fencing is very strong and durable. Their shape and design helps to let wind and rain run through it, not against it. This prevents toppling over or sustaining major damage during summer storms and gives chain link a big advantage over wooden or vinyl fencing. Unless a car runs through your fence or a tornado rips through your town, your chain link fence will not need repairs. Chain link fences regularly survive collisions with excited dogs, inches and inches of snow, and weed whackers hitting them during seasonal maintenance.
Ready to Give Chain Link Fencing a Try?
When you are ready for a residential or commercial fence that will meet the security and aesthetic needs of your family or business, trust the experts at Hercules Fence. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules Fence online or give us a call at 800-395-9597. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.