There are many good reasons why you see so much chain link fencing around Calgary. Its strength, affordability, and low maintenance requirements make it the ideal choice for many areas where a large footage of fencing is required and privacy is of little concern.
It’s not only sports fields that use chain link fences, though its strength does make it a good choice for withstanding the rough and tumble of these spaces.
Chain link fencing can also be perfect for containing pets (dog runs, for instance), making sure that small children don’t escape from the yard, delineating boundaries in parks or as perimeter fencing in commercial or industrial premises. It’s also great for sizable, high-traffic areas or where you need to create a boundary without blocking the view.
This diversity and flexibility mean that you are equally as likely to see a chain link fence in a residential property, acreage property or farm, public space or industrial complex in the Calgary area.
And, although a chain link fence may appear to be a little flimsy, it is anything but. In fact, its unique design means that it is strong enough to still be standing after gale-force winds have flattened many other types of fences.
Why select chain link fencing?
Chain link fencing may not appear very robust but there are good reasons why it has widespread use in high-use public areas and sports facilities where it takes a battering.
So, when it comes to the harsh elements in Calgary and southern Alberta, it is well capable of withstanding the battering it gets from the wind, rain, ice, and snow too.
Our chain link fences are composed of galvanized steel mesh, making them one of the strongest on the market. They do not rust and should last decades.
Chain link fences are well-suited to large projects because of their per-foot cost-effectiveness compared to options like wood, vinyl or ornamental fencing.
Galvanized steel wire mesh pricing remains relatively steady and so a chain link fence almost always provides affordable value.
Whether you need a fence to secure the perimeter of your property, for a dog run or garden or another small area within a larger property, chain link could be a great option.
Chain link fences are among the easiest to install because of their simple panel design and relatively lightweight nature. This keeps installation costs down and the overall cost of the fence affordable.
Whether you need a temporary 10-foot fence or a permanent 5000-feet fence, the quick installation process adds to the attraction of chain link, reducing delays and making sure that it starts doing its job as soon as possible.
Chain link is one fencing option where you barely have to lift a finger to maintain it. Other than clearing vegetation, tightening the odd loose bolt, and an occasional pressure clean, it looks after itself.
You don’t need to worry about rust, warping, insects, or rot, like with some other fencing options. No chemicals are required to protect galvanized steel.
This means you can spend your weekends doing other more enjoyable things than maintaining your fence!
Galvanized steel mesh is unique in the strength and security it can provide while still allowing a relatively open view beyond. This makes it ideal for areas like tennis courts, dog runs, or perimeter fencing where you want an unobstructed view.
However, chain link fencing is also flexible enough to provide more privacy if required. We can simply add slats that block the view – great for making a yard area a little more private.
The different gauges, heights, and colours of chain link fencing (need a black chain link fence?) also provide flexibility for home, business and acreage property owners.
Types of chain link fencing in Calgary
The traditional natural steel-coloured chain link fence remains a popular choice in homes and other properties around Calgary.
However, you’re increasingly likely to see variations on this theme as property owners can select from more creative designs.
If you’re choosing a chain link fence for your property, bear in mind that you will need to decide on height and gauge as well as the horizontal meterage required.
Galvanized steel chain link fence
This is the fence type you probably have in mind when you think of a chain link fence. It is a silvery grey colour, made of galvanized steel and available in a range of gauges and heights.
Both the framework piping and the steel mesh that makes up the bulk of a chain link fence are made from galvanized steel, which is corrosion-resistant and very durable.
Large-gauge chain link fence
Sometimes, for extra security, property owners request a heavier gauge for their chain link fence.
This provides more resistance against wire-cutting tools and it is less likely to bend over time.
Black/green chain link fence
The open mesh design of all chain link fencing means an unobstructed view but some property owners prefer a black, or green fence to blend in better with the surroundings or to provide a slightly different aesthetic to a property. Please note that coloured chain link material has a longer lead time than black or galvanized chain links.
Chain link fence gating
Like with most fencing, chain link fences can also provide access to an area via a gate. This is constructed of similar materials and comes in a variety of designs, sizes, and colours.
The most popular designs you will see in Calgary are single-swing (welded or bent tube) gates. However, double-swing designs and rolling/slide cantilever gates are also available.