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Ways to Dress up Your Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences are a staple as a security option, but they may not fit the aesthetic of a neighborhood or the prevailing architectural style. However, there are ways to dress up a chain-link fence to make it more appealing and enhance privacy. The methods are more affordable than installing a new fence, but they’re not nearly as pretty and don’t afford the same level of privacy.

Slats

One of the easiest solutions is the installation of slats – sometimes called tube slats – specifically designed for chain link fences. They’re offered in a rainbow of colors and a couple of different styles. The slats improve privacy by about 75 percent, but don’t create a solid barrier. Small spaces between the slats will remain.

Plants

Individuals can plant vines and allow them to twine among the spaces in the fence. Flowering vines add beauty, but it will take time for the plants to accomplish their goal. Vines won’t eliminate small areas where people could peer in. The same problem exists when installing bushes and shrubs. The plantings will require time to mature, but they offer better coverage for privacy than vines.

Rolled Bamboo

Rolls of bamboo fencing/screens can be purchased and wired directly to the fence. It’s not particularly pretty, but it will elevate the level of privacy by approximately 85 percent.

Mesh Screen

These have the advantage of being wind and water permeable. They’re not necessarily the most attractive option, but privacy can be improved by 80-96 percent, depending on the density of the mesh. It’s available in different colors.

Wood Panels

There are wood panels that can be attached directly to chain link that will create a beautiful facade and provide privacy. However, permits may be required as it may be classified as an entirely new fence installation by local municipalities.

Canvas Fabric

The least aesthetically pleasing option, some individuals simply wire canvas fabric to their chain link fence. It’s available in multiple colors and will solve the problem of privacy, but it’s far from a pretty solution.

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Choosing the Best Fence to Protect Your Business

There really isn’t a one size fits all solution for fencing based solely on the type of business that’s being operated. The type of fence that’s chosen will also depend on its intended purpose. It may be erected for privacy, security, or safety. You may need a fence to prevent unauthorized people from entering or prevent access to potentially dangerous areas.

Aluminum

Those that choose aluminum fencing have a variety of colors, styles, and designs from which to select. The fencing resists weathering and features low maintenance requirements. It’s often used for housing developments, gated communities, and areas where lightweight yet durable protection is needed. It’s also effective at fending off incursions by wildlife.

Chain Link

A chain-link fence is an economical option that can be installed fairly quickly and is good for large scale projects such as construction sites and warehouse facilities. It’s available in multiple heights, can be equipped with barbed wire or razor wire on top, and it’s see-through so individuals can be seen if they gain access. The downside is that would-be intruders can also see what’s inside. Another area where chain-link fences shine is at animal shelters and for wild animal enclosures.

SimTek®

SimTek® is an undisputed leader for fencing that’s durable and almost completely maintenance-free. It’s offered in multiple styles, colors, and textures. It’s high-impact resistant and very effective at absorbing sound. SimTek® is often used in and near restaurants and bars for privacy, along with housing complexes.

Metal

The choice of metal fencing is typically more expensive than other types but can be customized in multiple ways, whether it’s iron or steel. It’s advantageous around pools, any type of business, and is equally appropriate for parks and schools.

Vinyl

If you’re seeking privacy, a vinyl fence may be the best option. Vinyl fencing can be especially beneficial for blocking off outdoor areas for dining and drinking. It’s equally advantageous for hiding items from view such as AC units and trash bins. The fencing is available in multiple heights, colors, designs, and it’s very low maintenance.

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Pros and Cons of Fence Vines

Vines are used in multiple ways, one of the most popular of which is to climb fences to hide unsightly features in the yard. They provide abundant foliage and most species produce blooms in a rainbow of colors that provide food for pollinators that include honeybees and butterflies.

Individuals can choose from clinging, tendril or twining vines. Clinging vines use tiny suction cups on their rootlets to connect with surfaces. Tendril vines use thin tendrils that spiral around objects to hold themselves in place. Twining vines are the heavy hitters of the vine world, twisting their entire stems around supports as they grow.

Pros

Vines can provide shade and an additional level of privacy. They’re especially beneficial for fences with see-through attributes such as chain link to create a privacy screen.

Avast majority of vines produce an abundance of blossoms that add beauty to the entire yard and increase curb appeal.

The blooms produced by many vines are sweetly scented. Examples are honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, and some types of clematis.

Vines provide vertical interest and interesting textures within the landscape.

Most are fairly fast growing, allowing them to fulfill their desired function quickly.

Cons

The vine may be too heavy for the type of fence it’s planted against. A heavy twining vine can damage or even bring down an entire section of fencing if it’s not kept in check.

Clinging vines are moisture-laden and can accelerate rot when allowed to ramble over a wooden fence. Non-woody, annual vines are the best fit for wooden fences.

Staining can occur when vines are planted along wooden fences. Green stains can appear from the foliage, along with staining from the color of the blossoms.

Additional Considerations

Some vines require very little care or maintenance from year to year other than a little trimming. Others will need extra effort to keep them growing in a specific direction and to prevent them from overgrowing their allotted space. It’s a good idea to consult with a landscaping professional for assistance in what vine will best fit the intended purpose and the specific type of fence.

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Making Your Commercial Fence Climb Proof

The most common reasons for installing commercial fencing is security, protection of assets, to prevent liability issues, and to comply with anti-terrorism standards set forth by the Department of Homeland Security. Fencing is a highly effective means of deterring would-be intruders, but in some instances additional measures are required to discourage those that would climb the barrier.

It’s important to remember that the taller the fence is the more difficult it will be to breach. A fence of seven ft. or more in height is typically recommended by security experts and a solid barrier that prevents people from seeing inside also increases security. Not every additional climb-proof method can necessarily be employed on every type of fence.

Anti-Climb Paint – Also known as non-dry paint, it never completely dries, will leave a mark on anyone that touches it, and is very slippery. The disadvantage of anti-climb paint is that stray pollen and other particles will adhere to it.

Broken Glass – This is an option that’s implanted in mortar and installed atop of certain types of fencing. It’s a definite deterrent, but commercial property owners may not want to use it as it can be unattractive, requires warning signage, and should only be installed on fences of seven ft. or more in height.

Electrified Wire – A strand or two of electrified wire can be installed on top of a fence as an effective deterrent. Before implementing the measure, owners of commercial properties should check all relevant regulations to ensure the installation meets safety requirements to prevent children, pets, or a random pedestrian from accidentally touching the fence and incurring an injury. Appropriate warning signage will also need to be installed.

Fence Top Rollers – Also known as fence top spinners, they’re essentially vertical or horizontal tubes that rotate to make gaining purchase on a wall extremely difficult and unstable. Some are also available with spikes.

Razor Tape and Barbed Wire – While both items may bring to mind a prison, they’re effective but shouldn’t be used in areas where workers or pedestrians normally have access. Both options may require special permission to install, along with appropriate signage.

Spikes – Fence spikes are the most popular option since they can be added at any time, are fairly affordable, and easy to install. They’re durable and difficult to remove.

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Aluminum Fencing for Commercial Use

Aluminum fencing has become popular for commercial use due to its versatility and elegant appearance. It can be fashioned into styles with the appearance of picket fencing, wrought iron, and even solid panels. It’s equally at home within park and pool environments, industrial sites, rental units, restaurants, and dozens of other commercial applications.

The fencing provides all the safety, security, and durability of more expensive materials, but at a lesser cost without sacrificing strength. It resists corrosion, requires little maintenance, and it’s available in an extensive array of colors to coordinate with prevailing surroundings. Aluminum fencing can be established in a wide variety of configurations for public barriers and to manage high traffic areas.

Gates and alarm systems are easily included for added security and multiple heights are available to accommodate a wide range of needs. One of the benefits of aluminum fencing is that it has enduring strength and durability when clear boundaries need to be delineated. It can also be sloped to maintain a single height in areas with uneven landscaping.

Modern aluminum fencing can be utilized in a variety of commercial environments. It’s especially beneficial for rental units and housing complexes to enhance safety and security while distinguishing the property. Within the confines of the property, aluminum fencing can also be used to hide any unsightly features such as trash bins or generators.

It’s also a safe solution for schools and childcare centers to keep unwanted individuals out, along with any wildlife that may try to enter. For those same reasons, aluminum fencing is an ideal solution for animal breeders. Aluminum fencing is applicable at construction sites, to provide security at outdoor entertainments, and restaurants that offer outdoor dining options.

Aluminum fencing serves a variety of purposes for a great number of commercial endeavors. It’s a strong and sturdy barrier around pools for therapeutic uses, within campgrounds, and at factories and warehouses. Today’s aluminum fencing is functional, with a wealth of customization options for beautification.

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Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

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