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What’s Is Better: Galvanized or Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence?

chainlink fecneChain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence used in today’s market. This popularity stems in part from chainlink’s relatively inexpensive price.  This particular fence material is very flexible and ease of installation is a definite chainlink strong point in a variety of applications. A project where the proposed fenced terrain is not flat is an instance where chainlink is the perfect solution.  Chainlink is also ideal for projects that will cross long stretches of terrain that do not require any beautification, like the rear perimeter of military bases or any large government installation.

Chainlink fence comes in a range of heights that make it suitable for a variety of applications. The shorter heights are commonly used in residential settings to reduce view obstructions. Taller fences are most often selected for commercial use because of the increased level of security that more height can offer.

Chainlink fence fabrics are also available in different gauges. Gauge is the measure of the diameter of the actual woven fabric metal. These sizes can vary widely, but 9 and 11½ gauges are the markets most common.  The higher the gauge number the less thick the metal is, therefore the smaller 11½ gauge is used for residential fences where the family children or pets are the concern. A more durable 9-gauge material is used when a higher level of security is needed.  This is more often the case for commercial or business applications. 

The only difference between galvanized and vinyl coated chainlink is that a vinyl coating is sealed around the metal. So, the metal under the vinyl is actually already galvanized then the vinyl is placed around it. This is important in our question of which is better, because it makes it pretty easy to determine which one is better equipped to handle weathering over time. That would, of course, be the coated material. Standard galvanized chainlink will begin to rust over time.

Galvanized and coated materials are similar in terms of their sturdiness and longevity. Galvanized chainlink usually carries a 10 to 15 year warranty against rust and corrosion. The fence is maintenance free, does not require painting, and meets SATM specification 392 and federal specification R.R.F.-191. Black vinyl chainlink usually carries a 10 to 15 year manufacturer warranty against chipping pealing and fading and it is virtually maintenance free.

The main difference between coated or uncoated galvanized chainlink is the final appearance of the fence. One of the major advantages of any chainlink fence is its somewhat transparent (able to be seen through) design. However, it does not completely disappear to the eye. Because of this, the consumer must think about how they want their final project to look. Galvanized fence tends to leave a more rough or “industrial” appearance. While vinyl presents an overall cleaner appearance and may even blend into the surroundings depending on the coating color selected.  This may be the main reason why many higher end project leaders lean toward the coated material. This will, of course, affect the final cost of the fence. The vinyl-coated material can increase the cost about $1.50 per foot on a 6-foot high fence.  The final decision can really boil down to whether the purchaser wants a nicer look or a less expensive fence.

Vinyl coated chainlink


If the only difference is how it looks when installed, what's the point? Does one last longer or stay looking nice longer than the other?
Posted @ Monday, April 25, 2011 12:38 PM by Sarina Adolade
Well, many people a very concerned with the final look of their fence. The Vinyl one is a better looking fence overall, but the cost is higher.
Posted @ Monday, April 25, 2011 1:04 PM by Dawn Lowndes
Makes sense in a home environment, though for functional reasons (mostly to contain dogs) Will the vinyl coating keep the fence from rusting longer or is it strictly for eye appeal only?
Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2011 10:49 AM by Sarina Adolade
There are two variations of galvanized chain link fence, all based off of how it is produced. There is "GBW", which is galvanized before weaving and "GAW", which is galvanized after weaving. The main difference is that a standard GBW chain link fence has a smooth finish and a GAW fence tends to have scattered tiny barbs/bumbs on the actual chain link from where the galvanized material dries after it is dipped. However, on a GBW fence, the ends/tips of the chain link will tend to rust because they will be directly exposed to the elements because they were not coated during the manufacturing process. Overall, I would recommend chain link that is galvanized before weaving just to be safe around children and/or pets at your home. In regards to vinyl chain link, while it tends to be a more cosmetically appealing material, it is more expensive. It ultimately comes down to the home owners budget and their personal preference.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:27 PM by Faith Davis
Yes, black vinyl-coated chain link looks better as fencing than ordinary galvanized. In wooded areas, it can virtually disappear. I would never use it on the front of a property, but on backyard runs, black chain link looks almost elegant (more so than green or brown).  
But I worry about that vinyl-coating. I've seen examples of older vinyl-coated chain link where the coating is cracking and peeling off, apparently degrading in the sun's ultra-violet. Then the vinyl-coated chain link looks awful -- far worse than if it had just been plain galvanized, which at least ages consistently (not blotchy). And because of the vinyl still clinging to much of a coated fence, the fabric becomes challenging to paint. Plastic generally doesn't hold paint. 
In the long run, isn't it better just to get ordinary galvanized chain link (which is usually a thicker gauge than coated), allow it to age from silver to gray, then paint it black?
Posted @ Thursday, July 28, 2011 5:47 PM by Harrison Gray Otis
This is a great idea.I like it
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