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How Do I Choose a Chain Link Fence?

Jul. 15, 2021

Choose your chain link fence fabric based on three criteria: the gauge of the wire, the size of the mesh, and the type of protective coating. Next, the PVC coated chain link fence supplier will share the following content with you.


1. Check the gauge.

The gauge or diameter of the wire is one of the most important factors - it helps tell you exactly how much steel is in the hooked wire mesh. The smaller the gauge number, the more steel there is, the higher the quality, and the stronger the wire. From lightest to heaviest, common sizes of chain link fences are 13, 12-1/2, 11-1/2, 11, 9, and 6. Unless you are building a temporary hook and loop fence, we recommend that your hook and loop fence be between 11 and 9. 6 is usually used for heavy industrial or specialized applications, and 11 is a heavy-duty residential hook and loop fence that is more beneficial for children and pets.

PVC Coated Chain Link Fence

 PVC Coated Chain Link Fence

2. Measure the mesh.

The mesh size tells you the distance of the parallel wires in the mesh. This is another indicator of how much steel is in the hooked mesh. The smaller the diamond shape, the more steel in the hooked mesh. From large to small, typical hooked wire mesh sizes are 2-3/8 inches, 2-1/4 inches, and 2 inches. Smaller hookups such as 1-3/4" are used for tennis courts, 1-1/4" for swimming pools and higher security, and 5/8", 1/2" and 3/8" mini hookups are also available.


3. Consider coatings.

There are several types of finishes that help protect and beautify and enhance the appearance of steel hook and loop fencing.


The most common protective coating for hook-and-loop fencing is zinc. Zinc is a self-sacrificing element. In other words, it dissipates as it protects the steel. It also provides cathodic protection, which means that if the wire is cut, it "heals" the exposed surface by forming a white oxide layer, thus preventing red rust. Typically, galvanized hook and loop wire have a coating of 1.2 ounces per square foot. For specification items requiring a higher degree of longevity, a 2 oz. zinc coating may be used. The life of the protective coating is directly related to the amount of zinc used.

Zinc coating methods for chain link fence

There are two main types of galvanizing (zinc coating) for hook and loop wire mesh. The most common is galvanizing after weaving (GAW), where the wire is first woven into the hooked wire mesh and then galvanized. The other method is galvanizing before weaving (GBW), where the wire strands are galvanized before they are woven into the mesh. There is some debate as to which method is best.GAW ensures that all of the wire is coated, even the ends that are cut, and that galvanizing the wire after it has been formed also improves the tensile strength of the finished product.

GAW is often the preferred method for larger manufacturers because it requires higher manufacturing technology and capital investment than simply weaving the wire, and it produces the efficiency Only this method is available. GBW is a great product as long as it has a diamond size, zinc layer weight, gauge, and tensile strength.


You will also find aluminum-coated (aluminized) hook and loop wire on the market. Aluminum differs from zinc in that it is a barrier coating, rather than a sacrificial coating, so cuts, scratches, or other imperfections are prone to red rusting in a shorter period of time. The aluminized layer is best suited for areas where aesthetics are less important than structural integrity. Another type of metal coating, sold under various trade names, uses a combination of zinc and aluminum, combining the cathodic protection of zinc with the barrier protection of aluminum.

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