Chain link fencing is affordable, sturdy and easy to install. However, one of the few disadvantages to this type of fencing is its stark, industrial look. While chain link fencing will probably never have the natural charm of wood or wrought iron fencing, there are a number of easy things that you can do to make your chain link fencing more attractive without breaking the budget.
How to beautify your chain link fencing
1. Paint it. A simple coat of rust-resistant spray paint can take away that shiny, grey, industrial look of chain link. A dark color, such as hunter green, dark brown or black, can help the fencing to blend in better with the environment and be more restful to the eye.
2. Install slats. Vinyl slats are available in an array of colors. These are woven into the chain links and not only add color and texture but instantly turn your chain link fence into a privacy fence. You can even get bamboo slats to add a tropical, Hawaiian feel to your backyard. There are even slats made with synthetic "needles" to simulate the look of a hedge (with none of the maintenance.)
3. Let it act as an arbor. Train a fast-growing ivy or climbing rose bush along your chain link fence and you've not only supported your landscaping, but you've added privacy and beauty to your fence line. Be careful with this, however. Some heavy plants, such as wisteria, will pull down the fence in a few years if allowed to grow along it unimpeded.
4. Add rolled wood fencing. The best way to hide your chain link fence and turn it into a privacy fence is to add rolled wood fencing. This type of fencing is lightweight and ties onto the chain link fence with metal clips, giving your fence the look of real wood at a fraction of the cost of solid wooden fencing. The only disadvantages to this material is that it can get blown away from the chain link fencing in strong winds and it will have to be replaced more frequently than the chain link itself.
Opting for chain link fencing doesn't have to mean settling for an unattractive back yard. Add a little paint, a few slats, some rolled wood fencing and/or a climbing vine to turn your ugly duckling fence into a beauty that you'll be proud to live with for years to come. If you want to learn more, click the link to connect with professional fence contractors.
I still remember the day I realized that we might need a new fence. Although we had an older picket fence, our pets were able to escape without a lot of trouble. One day, our pet Sparky made it all the way to our neighbor's yard, where he was working on destroying his least favorite garden gnome. After paying to replace the statue, I headed straight to the fencing showroom to look for the right model and the best contractor. After meeting with a few different people, I felt really good about one contractor who had been in business for a long time. Read this blog for more information about fencing.