No matter your style choices or your budget, finding the right fence for your yard can be a difficult task. Luckily, Clarksville Fencing has the experience and know-how to help you choose the fence that best suits your needs. If you’re on a tight budget but still want a fence that is low maintenance and looks great, we know just the thing! Keep reading to decide if a black chain link fence is right for you.
How is black chain link fence made?
Black chain link fence is made the same way regular chain link fence is made. They start out by twisting galvanized steel wire into a diamond-patterned mesh. This mesh is then attached to posts and frames using fasteners. If you want your chain link fence to have a more finished look, special fittings can be installed. To make sure chain link fences don’t rust, they are dipped in molten zinc, which creates a protective layer on the fencing. This is called hot-dip galvanizing. This coating is what gives chain link fence its usual grey or silver color.
How does black chain link fence get its color?
You often see chain link fences used in industrial and commercial sites. Because it is very durable and affordable, it can be used on permanent sites or for temporary security at construction sites and outdoor events. However, to make it more appealing to homeowners, manufacturers have started to make chain link fences in a variety of different colors and finishes. One of the most popular is black.
There are two ways to get a black chain link fence:
Powder-coating can be used to protect all aspects of your chain link fence. Not only can it be applied to the chain link but also to the posts, fittings, and fasteners as well. To powder-coat a fence, an electro-statically charged powder is applied to the metal. The metal can either be dipped into this powder or it can be sprayed on. Then the metal is placed in an oven. The powder particles melt together into a smooth finish that bonds with the metal. In this way, it is more protective than just a simple paint job. Powder-coating is also a more environmentally friendly way to get a black chain link fence because you don’t have fumes from wet paint evaporating into the air.
Another way to achieve a black chain link fence is a vinyl coating. This process takes place before the wire is woven together the create the mesh, or fabric, that we know as chain link. There are actually three different ways to use vinyl to make a black chain link fence.
- Extruded- vinyl is pulled over the wire, much like you pulling a sock onto your foot
- Extruded and bonded- vinyl is pulled over the wire like in the first method but then it is also glued in place
- Fused and bonded- a special process is used to back the vinyl onto the wire
Benefits of black chain link fence
There are many benefits to having a black chain link fence. Not only are they more aesthetically pleasing than your average chain link fence, they are vastly more durable. No matter what coating you go with, the powder-coating or the vinyl, you are adding an extra layer of protection to your fence. This means that it won’t rust as easily and if mud or other debris accumulates on it, it only needs to be hosed down. Chain link fence, even the highly customized ones, are some of the most affordable fences on the market. There are even ways you can add privacy to your chain link fence! Of course, with any fence choice, there can be pros and cons of a black fence.
If you are thinking of installing a chain link fence of any color, request a quote from Clarksville Fencing today!