How to Choose Residential Chain Link Fencing

Diana Sawyer

August 31, 2022

Looking for chain link fence installers in Columbus? Check out below what you need to know before committing to a fence installation.

Wire Coatings

The steel wire use to manufacture chain link fence is coated in several ways to prevent corrosion and rust. The following are the general options of chain link fence coatings.


Galvanized coated wire is the most common variety of chain link. It can easily be identified by the dull gray finish created by the zinc coating process.

The two main variations will be Galvanized After Weaving (GAW) and Galvanized Before Weaving (GBW). GAW mesh is dipped in zinc after wires have been woven together. GAW is the best best solution for all applications including residential installations.

Vinyl Coated

Vinyl coated chain link takes galvanized wire and adds an additional coating PVC. The extra protection of the layer of vinyl will make the fence last longer.

In residential areas the use of vinyl coated chain link may be required. Usually, in a black or dark green color.


Aluminized chain link is produced by applying an aluminum coating to the steel wire. The aluminum will give the fence a shiner and smoother appearance than galvanized chain link. The aluminum coating is naturally resistant to rust or corrosion and weather. These fences can last up to 25 years with little maintenance. Aluminumized chain link fencing is typically only chosen for commercial or public use.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel chain link is the most durable and most expensive. Stainless steel can endure extreme temperatures and harsh weather. The extra durability means it will not sag and will maintain its shape for years.

That’s why it’s commonly used for commercial or industrial locations that require extra durability. In most situation stainless steel chain link will not be need for a residential installation.

Wire Gauge Choices for Residential Chain Link Fence

Gauge sizes, meaning the thickness of the wire, range from 6 to 11.5. The smaller the number the thicker the wire. For most residential fences 11.5 gauge galvanized wire or 9 gauge vinyl coated wire can be used.

Mesh Size for Residential Chain Link Fence

Mesh size refers to size of each diamond shaped opening in the fence fabric. For residential use 2″, 2 1/4″ or 2 3/8″ inch openings will be typical and adequate. The larger mesh sizes are used with the lighter wire gauges, such as 11.5. Smaller mesh sizes, meaning smaller openings, will be more durable since more wire is used.

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