With so many
fencing options available to homeowners, perhaps the cheapest route to take is
to have a chain link fence installed. These fences are relatively durable,
often lasting at least 15 to 20 years, keep many unwanted pests out and many
pets safely inside, and display property perimeters clearly. However, such
fences also come with a host of potential issues that should cause those
considering this option to reconsider.
One of the first problems with chain
link fencing is the visibility component. Simply put, they do not at all provide
any privacy. A wonderful trait of many fence styles is their ability to keep
the eyes of passers by from looking within. While certainly most people going
past our yards are not scoping our possessions or our family members, we also must
be cognizant that such concerns are logical. Most wood and vinyl fences offer
such privacy, so that benefit should be a factor when purchasing.
A second concern is the aesthetic
quality of a chain link fence, or the lack thereof. Although the Kentucky three
board may not provide the level of privacy that other wooden fences give, for
instance, they are lovely additions to a back yard, bringing rustic charm to a
previously empty space. Most of the various wooden and metal fencing, including
iron and aluminum, come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can enhance the
beauty of the overall property.
Third, chain link fences are highly
susceptible to the environment. Cold weather, wind, rain, and snow will
eventually cause rust, sagging, and loose posts, all of which shorten the
lifespan of the average chain link fence. The wiring that holds the fence in a
taut position can also be damaged by high winds and consistent weight being put
upon it, such as by children and/or pets.
One of the last considerations, and
perhaps the most important, is the inevitable climbing invited by a chain link
fence. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, children and pets will try to scale
such fences, which can of course harm the fence, but the potential injury
concern for the kids is much greater. Wooden slat, vinyl, and metal fence
varieties more often prevent any climbing issues while also giving homeowners
the best of privacy, beauty, and longevity.
Fusion Fence Company is proud to
offer our expertise when constructing fences. With that pride in mind, we do
not offer chain link fences for our customers. We want those who entrust us with
installing a fence to also know we are considerate of their desire for aesthetic
quality, durability, and safety.