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chain link

You already know chain link fencing is easy on the budget. Part of the reason for that cost-effectiveness is its construction, which is as a wire mesh made at the factory and shipped in rolls like fabric. However, a large part of the cost equation relates to how easy the fence is for contractors to install, meaning they charge you for less time and fewer materials.

Installing a chain link fence starts the same way as with other fence types - sinking the posts. However, the next step is also really easy. The contractors simply have to stretch the chain fabric from post to post and attach it using tension bands. No carpentry or welding is necessary. As a side bonus, the ease of installation means you get a complete fence faster.

Chain Link Can Look Upscale

While chain link is a budget option, it doesn't have to look economical. Many people picture plain galvanized steel when they think of chain link. However, the mesh can be thermally fused with a colored vinyl coating at the factory. You see a range of basic colors such as beige, brown, red, and black. You can also custom-order a powder coating, which increases the color range.

Posts are another area of customization. While galvanized steel posts are the norm, you can choose a different color or even material. For example, many homeowners upgrade to wooden or stone posts. Any type of post needs a post cap, and you have a range of styles in all the materials.

Another method for increasing the beauty of chain link is in how you have it installed. Many property owners add top and bottom rails, which increases the strength of the fence. You can choose a complementary color for the rails or even upgrade to wood. Either way, you get an attractive framing appearance.

Chain Link Can Blend Into the Background

Your chain link fence doesn't have to stand out to be attractive. Naturally, the mesh consists of holes between the wires. This construction already makes the fence somewhat transparent. You can make it further recede into the background by choosing colors, usually brown or green, that match the landscaping behind.

You can also disguise the fence as landscaping. Many manufactures offer weatherproof fabric that you have attached to the fence. Some of the panels feature fabric foliage that makes the fence resemble a hedge.

Chain Link Is Virtually Animal-Proof

Chain link comes in different gauges and mesh sizes. The gauge sizes range from 6 to 13, with 9 and 11 ½ being great options for general fencing. Mesh sizing ranges from 3/8-inch to 2 3/8. Mesh sizes in the one-inch range are typical for most residential projects.

Because of the wide range in gauges and mesh sizes, chain link fencing can be adapted to any need, including keeping livestock penned in. Chain link will work for animals from chickens to cows. The material can even keep goats put, which is notoriously difficult to do. What's more, the fencing will keep predators away from your livestock.

Since chain link is good for keeping foxes and coyotes at bay, it's also good for keeping their domestic kin inside. Chain link fencing is ideal for dog yards - you just have to ensure you choose a tall fence with small-enough mesh so they can't fit their paws in to clamber over. When it comes to cats, cat fencing mostly involves creating a cat enclosure. Chain link does work well here, too.



Cedar has long been a popular choice as a fencing material. Cedar wood is extremely durable, and holds up well to outdoor weather conditions. As such, a cedar fence will generally outlast fences made from softer, less durable wood, such as pine. In addition to its inherent durability, the natural oils present within the wood will help to deter insect damage and rotting.

A cedar fence is quite beautiful, adding to the overall visual appeal of a home’s landscape. Natural cedar has an attractive, rustic look, making it an excellent choice for backyard fences. Cedar does not need to be chemically treated, making it a good choice for families who prefer to use natural products. Sealants are also not required in order for cedar to remain durable outdoors. In fact, applying a sealant to cedar is generally not recommended, due to the natural oils in the wood.

A properly installed cedar fence will look great for a long time. Not only will the wood resist the ravages of the weather, but it will also maintain its straight and aligned appearance. Although many types of wood are prone to warping or shrinking over time, cedar tends to retain its shape and size beautifully.

If a cedar fence is not stained, it will gradually weather and fade to a gray color. Although many people truly love the look of weathered cedar, in some cases this natural fading is not desired. In order to avoid this natural fading, the wood can be stained.

It is true that a cedar fence costs more than most other wood fences, but still one of the most affordable fence materials. However, considering how durable and long-lasting cedar can be, it is still a good buy. A cedar fence is a good choice for the homeowner who wants to save money, and doesn’t mind a little maintenance in order to keep it in good condition. Sometimes homeowners consider using pressure treated wood for outdoor fences, in order to save on costs. The chemicals applied to pressure treated wood do increase the wood’s durability. However, pressure treated wood must be stained and sealed, thus adding to the maintenance required to keep it looking good. Cedar, on the other hand, is a remarkably low maintenance wood.



benefits of vinyl

Minimal Maintenance

Vinyl fencing can easily be cleaned with a hose, and it doesn’t require any strenuous or routine maintenance. In fact, it requires hardly any maintenance at all! Vinyl retains its color wonderfully, so you won’t have to worry about staining or repainting like you would with a wooden fence. Plus, because so little maintenance is needed, you will also save time and money on repairs and maintenance supplies. It’s the perfect choice for a homeowner who wants a beautiful fence without having to work for it. Of all the benefits of vinyl fencing, its minimal maintenance is likely the most beloved.


Vinyl is about five times stronger than wood. That’s right—five times stronger! And it won’t decompose or fall prey to rust or pests, so you can expect it to last for decades. Plus, since vinyl doesn’t absorb moisture, it won’t blister, rot, or peel. You can place it near a swimming pool or sprinkler without any worries. Wood, on the other hand, is known to be a target for termites and is very susceptible to moisture damage. So if you like the look of wood, consider vinyl for a similar appearance without the many risks.



Strength and flexibility are a perfect combination. If you live in an area with harsh winds, strong precipitation, or taxing winters, the flexibility of vinyl fencing will help it stay standing and remain beautiful. Its flexibility also makes it preferable for fencing in horses, as the horses won’t be harmed if they try to munch on the fence or run into it. For this reason, you’ll often find vinyl fences on farms and equine facilities.


Especially when you consider the cost of maintenance, vinyl is a very affordable fencing option. It is significantly cheaper than wood or iron, and it offers additional savings when you take into account the fence’s maintenance (or lack thereof) and longevity. You won’t need to pay for paints, stains, or treatments, and you won’t have to replace your fence for a very long time.

Easy Installation 

Vinyl fencing is so easy to install, many homeowners choose to tackle the task on their own. Most of the pieces will slide and lock into place, and the posts must be secured to the ground. If you do decide to hire someone to install your vinyl fence, you’ll appreciate that the cost of installation will be lower than if you had purchased wrought iron or any other heavy, difficult-to-work-with fencing material. Plus, once the fence is installed, you won’t have to worry about painting or staining it.


Unlike aluminum or iron, vinyl fencing can offer complete privacy. One-piece panels are available, eliminating the usual spaces between individual posts. Because of this, vinyl is perfect for backyards, pool enclosures, and perimeter fences hiding dumpsters or mechanical equipment. Some of these fences are six or eight feet high, tall enough to ensure privacy and hide the enclosed space from view.

Attractive Aesthetics

Vinyl fencing is available in a variety of different styles, from privacy and picket fences to ornamental and post-and-rail fences. You’re sure to find a design that complements the surrounding area as well as your desires for the fence’s aesthetics. Although most vinyl fences are only available in white and tan, these classic shades suit most applications. Plus, if you were considering purchasing a wood fence, you’ll be please with the way that vinyl mimics its appearance while also offering all of the benefits above that wood lacks (resistance to mold and termites, lack of maintenance, low cost, etc).

Lifetime Warranty

Most vinyl fences come with a lifetime warranty, providing you with comfort and confidence as your fence faces formidable foes like winter weather and strong winds. Warranties do vary from company to company, of course, and product to product. Explore your options, but rest assured that typically a lifetime or lifetime-limited warranty accompanies the purchase of a vinyl fence. Your warranty will allow you to rest assured, knowing that your investment will be protected for many years to come.


These are just some of the benefits of vinyl fencing. Not only is vinyl strong, easy to care for, and long-lasting, but it is also beautiful. Plus, vinyl fences are available in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. Whether you need a small fence for your garden, a decorative fence to border your pool, or a grand and far-reaching fence to house your horses, vinyl fencing may be the solution you’ve been searching for.



Our Montage line of ornamental fences is the leader in residential steel fencing. The styles available with the Montage give a residence the elegant look of wrought-iron fencing without the expensive maintenance demanded by traditional wrought-iron.

Montage Pool, Pet & Play

Our Montage Pool, Pet and Play (PPP) is an ideal choice for a dog fence, pool fence or child safety fence. It was created to combat safety concerns in these application. The primary difference in Montage PPP is the 3" airspace between pickets. 


  • Fully Welded Panel w/ Profusion Technology

  • E-Coat Surface Protection

  • Easy Installation

  • Meets Buy American Act

  • Sustainable Materials

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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