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Characteristics of a Chain-Wire Fence

A chain-wire fence, also known as a chain-link fence, is a woven fence made from galvanised steel wires fashioned into an open-weave mesh. It is one of the most widely used type of fence in Australia. It is inexpensive and easy to install. It is also tough and durable, and provides a good protective fencing solution for different needs. When considering a chain-wire fence, it is important to identify where and how it will be used so you can select the right chain-wire fence with the right specifications.

What should you look for in a chain-wire fence? It really depends on how and where you intend to use it. Here are the common features that you should look at, whatever your intended application is.

Things to check when buying a chain-wire fence

1. Material

Most chain-wire fences are made of stainless steel. A stainless steel chain-wire fence is made more durable and more resistant to the effects of the harsh environment by oxidising chromium on its surface. Fences made of stainless steel are typically strong, but are not truly flexible or stretchable.

Some chain-wire fences are made of aluminium. Compared with fences made of stainless steel, aluminium chain-wire fences require less maintenance and are easier to relocate. However, fences made of stainless steel are much more durable and stronger than those made from aluminium.

2. Gauge

The gauge of a chain-wire fence indicates the strength of the wire used in the chain mesh. The thicker a wire is, the lower its gauge. The thickest chain-wire fence has a gauge of 6, and is usually used for commercial purposes.

The highest gauge for a chain-wire fence is 13, and these are usually used for temporary fencing. Heavier fences will cost you more, so it is important to choose an appropriate gauge for your intended use and budget.

3. Grid size

The appropriate grid size to choose will again depend on its intended use, whether it is designed to keep in or out. Fences with small mesh are usually used for high security and industrial fencing. Fences with mid-sized mesh are commonly used for recreational centres such as sporting arenas, and fences with large mesh are usually used for residential fencing.

4. Coating

A coated chain-wire fence is more resilient than an uncoated fence, but it comes at a higher cost. Most stainless steel fences are coated. Your supplier may offer you an option of additional coating. These additional coatings give your fence greater resiliency and more protection against the damaging effects of the environment, such as corrosion.

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Common uses of a chain-wire fence

Chain-wire fences can be used anywhere, and there is no limit where it can be used. It is so versatile that it can be used from residential properties to industrial and high-security locations.

These fences are commonly used for:

  • Perimeter and security fencing for residential and private properties
  • Perimeter fences for gardens and farms
  • Cricket net enclosures
  • Commercial/private tennis court fencing
  • Sports ground fencing
  • Perimeter fences for public parks
  • Storage cages
  • Perimeter fences for schools
  • Animal enclosures
  • Temporary perimeter fences for construction sites
  • Go cart and racing tracks

The possibilities are endless for chain-wire fencing. However, chain-wire fencing does not offer much when it comes to privacy. They are transparent, after all. Slats are often woven into the chain-wire mesh when privacy is of importance.

At some properties, the transparency that the open weave mesh offers can be advantageous. Intruders can be immediately spotted, or in the case of farms, it is easy to check and survey the crops and livestock.

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Fences are meant protect properties from intruders. In some cases, such as schools, they are meant to keep what is important inside. Whatever your fencing needs, Australian-made chain-wire fencing is your best choice.


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