Chain link fence is one of the most affordable and versatile fence options out there. Not only is it low maintenance, you can get it installed in almost any height or size. Whether you’re looking for temporary panels for a job site or a permanent installation for your back yard, chain link does it all. However, if you’re looking for privacy, chain link might not be your first choice. But there’s good news! You can add privacy to your chain link fence. Here’s how!
If you would like to completely change the look of your chain link fence and also add privacy, then consider bamboo screens. These screens come in rolls and can be attached to your fence using zip ties. The rolls can be purchased online or at some home improvement stores and usually cost anywhere from $20 to $100.
When attaching the bamboo rolls to your preexisting chain link fence, make sure you are placing your wire ties or zip ties around every 12 inches at both the top and bottom of the fence. Proper zip tie placement and a bamboo roll that is around the same height as your preexisting fence will make sure the bamboo is as secure as possible. If you have a long fence, you may need many rolls of bamboo. Additionally, bamboo is only moderately durable. Because it is a natural material, it will start to deteriorate over time unless properly maintained.
Whether real or fake, foliage is another way to add privacy to your chain link fence. Much like the bamboo, there are rolls of artificial hedges or you can get them in panels. They will give your fence the look of vines or shrubs running along it. Because they are synthetic, they will stay looking green and beautiful all year long. Additionally, if they get dirty you can simply hose them down. Sections can be replaced easily if they become damaged too.
Another option is planting fast growing vines along your fence. They will quickly climb your fence adding privacy and beauty, especially if you pick a flowering vine. Unfortunately, if you ever want to replace your fence in the future, there will be no way to untangle the vines from the fence without damaging them. If you do want to plant shrubs or bushes along your fence, make sure to place them 18-24 inches away it and anywhere from 4 to 8 inches between each other. This will give them the proper amount of space as they continue to grow.
Although not the most attractive option, mesh privacy fabric is a great option to keep prying eyes at bay. It may at first appear to be a tarp, however, because it is a breathable mesh, it will not catch the wind and act like a sail. Mesh privacy screens are extremely durable and attach easily to your chain link fence. There are grommets along its reinforced trim that allow it to be zip tied to the chain link. It is also so durable because it is made out of UV-rated polypropylene. This means, even though it is a dark color (for maximum privacy), it will be a long time before it starts to fade in the sun. Because this option is more about function than aesthetic, privacy fabric is a great option for your commercial areas.
Chain Link Fence Slats
Although there are so many other options, when you think of adding privacy to your chain link fence, your first thought is probably chain link fence slats. These slats can easily be woven into the links of your fence and come in a variety of colors. They can be woven either vertically or diagonally for some extra visual interest. A great thing about slats is that they are quite affordable. You just have to make sure to get the right length of slats for the height of your fence. If you have a six-foot chain link fence, four-foot slats won’t give you the look- or the privacy- you’re going for.
The best part about chain link fence slats and privacy fabric, is that they can be installed at the same time as your fence! If you choose a fence contractor like Clarksville Fencing, they will not only have a large selection vinyl-coated chain link but also ways to dress it up. If you’re looking to install a chain link fence or add some privacy to your preexisting fence, request a quote from Clarksville Fencing today!