A hurricane or chain link fence is often the most inexpensive type of fence you can buy, making it a good choice for large properties and for those on a very limited budget. However, you may be hesitant about getting such a fence installed on your property if you're unsure of how the material is constructed, and if you assume that it's not as durable as other fencing options. Note a few misconceptions about hurricane or chain link fences that many people believe, so you can ensure you know all your choices for a new fence around your property, and don't overspend on one that might not be the best option for your yard or your budget.
Chain link fencing sags
A poor-quality chain link fence that is not installed properly may tend to sag over the years; for example, dogs and kids jumping on the fence can easily stretch out thin and lightweight aluminium. If the fence installer didn't properly attach the fence mesh to its posts, this can also allow the fence to sag in the middle. A high-quality fence, properly installed, should last for many years, if not even decades, before you ever notice any type of sagging.
Chain link fences offer no security
Privacy panels you slide inside the mesh of the fence means no toeholds for someone who wants to climb that fence. Barbed ends, where the wires are twisted over the top rail of the fence, also make it difficult to grab that rail for climbing. You might also opt for a taller hurricane fence with thin wire for added security; a person would need to grab the mesh of the fence with their hands in order to scale something over their head, and small wiring that makes up the mesh of the fence can be very painful to grasp in an open palm.
Hurricane fences need a lot of maintenance
Aluminium is naturally resistant to corrosion, so an aluminium hurricane fence won't rust over the years. Thick metal wiring is very difficult to cut, so you shouldn't need to worry about having to replace vandalized sections of a hurricane fence. The pointed ends at the bottom of the fence also make it uncomfortable for pets, so you shouldn't need to worry about a large dog pulling at the fence while trying to dig under it. In many cases, an occasional oiling of gate hinges and tightening of bolts on the post connectors are all that's needed to keep a hurricane fence in good repair over the years.