Chain Link Fencing Components

Posted on: 18 June 2020

Chain link fencing is preferred by many commercial buildings due to durability and low maintenance. It's important to know the basic components of this fencing option so you can make informed decisions when ordering your new fence.

Fence Fabric

The chain "netting" used to make up the main body of the fence is called the fence fabric. Traditional chain link fencing fabric has diamond shaped openings, but these size of these openings can vary. Larger openings are often more cost effective, but smaller openings are harder to climb. You also have a choice in the wire thickness that makes up the fabric, with thicker wires being harder to cut through. Another fabric option is to have the chain coated in vinyl, which helps protect the fence against rust, while also making the fence more attractive and harder to climb.

Frame Work

Frame work is the posts and rails of the fence. These are typically made of galvanized metal that is resistant to rust and corrosion. You can also purchase frame work that has been powdercoated or coated in vinyl, which protects the metal and adds to the aesthetic appeal of the fence. Generally, the taller the fence the thicker the posts need to be. As for rails, make sure the fence you choose has both a top and a bottom rail for the chain link fabric, otherwise someone can easily force the fence up and sneak in through the bottom.


Fittings include the nuts and bolts that hold the fence together, along with accessory components like post finials and security features. All fittings needs to be made from galvanized or rust-resistant metals, otherwise they will fail long before the rest of the fence does. Finials are necessary to cap the posts so that water doesn't get inside and rust them from the inside out. These finials can be decorative or utilitarian. Security features can include barb wire top panels, lighted fence toppers, or anti-climb roll bars.

Gate Systems

A chain link fence is only as good as its gate. The gate should come down nearly to the threshold so there is no large space beneath it. A sliding gate makes the most of limited square footage on either side of the fence, but a swinging gate is often less expensive and easier to maintain. When choosing a gate, make sure that it fits relatively snugly into the opening, since spaces on either side can sometimes be squeezed through by a determined intruder.

Still want to get more opinions? Have questions about your options? You might try contacting a commercial chain link fence service or fence contractors for more help.