The Pros And Cons Of Vinyl-Coated Chain Link Fencing

24 August 2016
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If you're considering putting a fence up around your yard, one of the most prevalent options you're going to come across is vinyl-coated chain link fencing. These fences are not only supplied readily by fencing companies, but they can also be purchased at home improvement stores and installed by homeowners. While vinyl-coated chain link fences work well for many, they are not ideal for all situations. Weigh these pros and cons to decide if this is a good type of fence for your needs.

Pro: The fence won't look rusty or corroded.

Traditional chain link fences tend to look rusty or corroded once they've been around for a few years and start breaking down. While a vinyl chain link fence won't last any longer than a standard chain lnk fence (most last about 15 to 20 years), it won't get that rusty look. Your yard will stay looking more pristine for the entire life of your fence. If you buy a fence with a smaller gauge wire, like 9-gauge, it may last slightly longer.

Pro: The vinyl keeps the fence from poking and scraping.

One of the issues with traditional chain link fencing is that the end of the wires can poke and scrape you if you bump against the fence. They can also hurt pets and children who may play near the fence. The vinyl coating makes the ends of these wires softer and less pokey, so you won't have so many injuries and scrapes. Vinyl-coated chain link is thus a safer choice than standard chain link, especially if you have furry friends or children.

Con: The fencing doesn't offer privacy.

Even though vinyl-coated chain link fences are study and durable, you can still see through them, so they're really not the best choice if you're trying to keep neighbors from looking into your yard. There are slats you can slide between the chain links to boost privacy, but this changes the look of the fence, and you may need to replace the slats every few years to keep them looking good.

Con: The fence is easy to climb.

If you want your fence to keep others out, this may not be the best choice. Chain link fences of all types are pretty easy to climb, so, no matter how tall your fence is, an intruder can climb right over. On the other hand, if you live in a safe neighborhood and only need your fence to keep your kids in the yard and establish a border between your property and your neighbor's property, this may not be a major concern.

Consider these pros and cons and check out for more information about whether a vinyl coated chain link fence is the right option for you.