One of the leading reasons to get a chain-link fence is to increase security. Whether you're trying to protect your children and pets from running outside or simply trying to dissuade home intruders, a chain-link fence is an affordable way to improve the security of your home.
However, a chain-link fence does have some downsides when compared to traditional wooden, vinyl or metal fences. Here are some ways that you can increase the security of a chain-link fence.
Increase the Height and the Gauge
There are two important metrics you need to consider when building a chain-link fence: height and gauge. A higher chain-link fence is almost always going to be more secure because it's more difficult to climb and hop over. Although six- or eight-foot chain-link fences are generally relegated to the commercial sector, a five-foot chain-link fence is more likely to be safe, secure and appropriate for residential zones.
The gauge of a chain-link fence is also important. A chain-link fence with a heavier gauge is going to be made out of thicker metal. This metal is less likely to deform and much more difficult to cut.
Choose Between Woven and Welded
Most traditional chain-link fences are woven. That means the strands of metal have been woven together like a basket to create the fence. A woven fence has many advantages: it's very easy to repair and install, and it's flexible enough to be installed anywhere. However, that also means that the fence can easily be taken apart.
Welded fences have each of their joints welded together. The welding process makes them harder to install but more secure. If security is of top priority on your property, then a welded chain-link fence may be better suited to your needs.
Use Woven Plastic Slats Between Links
Plastic slats can be woven into a chain-link fence to increase privacy. These slats also increase security — it’s less likely that people can look in, and it's also harder for the fence to be climbed.
Woven plastic slats reinforce your fence and give you the opportunity to alter their appearance. Slats often recommended for older chain-link fences, in addition to other cover-up options like bamboo and mesh screens.
Select a Fence Material
In addition to the gauge and the size of the chain-link fence, you also need to choose a fence material. Aluminum fences are extremely lightweight and affordable — they also last a long time. Unfortunately, they aren't as strong as fences that are made from steel.
If you are extremely worried about the strength and durability of your fence, you may want to consider steel fencing. If you'd rather have something that is long lasting and easy to maintain, you should consider aluminum. Fences that are galvanized will also have some additional structural support, especially if the fence will experience extreme weather.
Keep the Gate Locked
Most people don't lock the gate of their chain-link fence because they reason that people can just jump over the fence if they really want to. However, for the most part, people don't want to call attention to themselves. Most people are far more willing to walk into an open, unlocked gate than jump over the side of a fence.
A locked gate will further dissuade intruders from entering your property, which makes locking up vital to home security. You may want to install an automatic lock that will lock every time your gate swings closed so your gate never goes unlocked.