The application of chain link fencing is nearly limitless. They can be used in a residential, commercial or high security setting for a myriad of purposes. It is used regularly in residential settings but it s best know for is security applications. Many times a chain link fence is the first layer of protection for:
- Parks and recreation areas
- Pastures that contain dangerous or expensive animals like stallions or bulls
- Public swimming pools
- Railway lines
- Machines with dangerous moving parts
With the small addition of razor wire or barbed wire chain link fences are also used to protect:
- Military installations
- Explosive manufacturers
- Industrial plants
- High voltage transformer stations
The only thing that a chain link fence is not known for is its privacy. Many people like the open weave as it lets the cool breeze and sunlight through while keeping anything undesirable out but what if you need some privacy? There are ways to alter a chain link fence in order to get the privacy that you need.
The easiest and cheapest way to make your chain link fencing more opaque is to let ivy or some other vine like plant use it as a platform. After a while you will not be able to see through it at all and you will add to the natural ambience of your yard. If, for some reason, you can not wait for plants to grow then you can use a product called Max Slats. These are plastic inserts of various colors and lengths that can be woven vertically into your chain link fence. They do a fantastic job of adding privacy but are expensive. To cover up 10 linear feet of an 8 foot tall fence would cost you close to 100 dollars. Many people find that it is worth the money to have your choice of colors for the slats. Fence Weave is another slat type product but it is no where near as reliable as the Max Slats. It is far more economical though. It costs about 20 dollars for 40 square feet but since it is not as durable it may cost you more in the long run. If you want a natural look for your chain link privacy fence you could go with the bamboo reed fencing. It is the least durable of the choices but it is also the least expensive. You can buy enough reeds to cover a 6 foot tall fence that is 25 feet wide for about 70 dollars.