A chain link fence, also known as wire netting, wire mesh fence, chain wire fence, cyclone fence, hurricane fence, or diamond mesh fence, is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized or LLDPE-coated steel wire, which gives it added strength and resistance to our sometimes harsh climate.

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The wires run vertically and are bent into a zig-zag pattern so that each “zig” hooks with the wire immediately on one side and each “zag” hooks with the wire immediately on the other side. This forms the characteristic diamond pattern you see in a chain link fence.

In the United States, fencing usually comes in 20 ft and 50 ft rolls, which can be joined by “unscrewing” one of the end wires and then “screwing” it back in to hook both pieces. Common heights include 3 ft, 3 1/2 ft, 4 ft, 5 ft, 6 ft, 7 ft, 8 ft, 10 ft, and 12 ft, although almost any height is possible. Common mesh gauges describing the diameter of wire are 9, 11, and 11.5 (the lower the number the thicker the wire). Mesh length can also vary based on need, with the standard mesh length being 2″. For tennis courts and ball parks, the most popular height is 10 ft, and tennis courts use a mesh length of 1.75″.


You often see chain link fencing used for sports facilities, temporary fencing, security fencing, controlled access areas, dog kennels, residential and public pools, industrial buildings, and residential homes.

Although the look and styling of a chain link fence are relatively standard, you can add to and customize your fence. Take a look at the photos below.

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A common addition to a chain link fence is chain link fence fabric, which is a mesh or wire weaving that provides additional privacy and security. Chain link fence fabric comes in various colors, so it can blend in with the surroundings or stand out.

A popular upgrade to a chain link fence is coated chain link. Coated chain link fences provide more durability than wire fences that are not coated, are weather-proof, and help prevent rust. Chain link fences can be coated in either a vinyl, zinc , or plastic coating. The types of wire are zinc, galvanized aluminum, and coated steel. Another benefit to coated fences is that you can have a colored chain link. Color chain link fencing provides visual interest and visibility rather than the standard galvanized chain link fencing, which is just silver. Coated fences are prevalent in sports arenas, playgrounds, and schools because of these benefits.

Another standard upgrade to chain link fences is fence gates. Adding gate hinges and various types of gates are a straightforward addition to chain link fences, whether it be a small gate for a residential chain link fence or to control access on security fencing. Gates for chain link fences include a chain link rolling gate, cantilever gates, and standard hinged chain link fence gates. Many gates can even be upgraded to include a mechanical gate opener. Another security feature combined with chain link fencing is barbed wire. Barbed wire is easy to install and very cost-effective.

Chain link fences are typically cheaper than wood fences, and with added fence slats, a chain link fence can have more privacy (though not as much as a wood fence). The price point of chain link fences makes it a very suitable choice for many homeowners and businesses.

Here at Ozark Fence, we know how to design and implement the right security solutions. Whether you’re protecting a parking structure, needing to adhere to pool code, or looking for a residential chain link fence, we have the right security solution for you. Please feel free to contact us at (303) 202-1000 with any questions or to request a free estimate.


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