When it comes to exterior security solutions for commercial properties, the chain link fence is often the first line of defense. Typically made from galvanized steel wire, chain link fences are ubiquitous, as they’re easy to manufacture, install and implement. They are the default type of transparent fencing because they’re effective at keeping things in or out while still allowing adequate sunlight to come through.
Chain link fencing is also one of the more affordable fencing solutions on the market, and that’s important when it’s used in industrial parks and commercial enterprises. This article will examine how much chain link fencing costs while demonstrating that chain link fence installation can be a very affordable solution for your business.
Uses and factors
Before selecting a chain link fence over an alternative of, for example, wood fencing or vinyl fencing, you should consider what you’re using it for and what your priorities are. If you’re looking for something that’s relatively inexpensive, and if security is more of a priority than aesthetics, then a chain link fence may be right for you.
There are several factors that are going to affect the cost of your chain link fence installation, but the price range of a chain link fence is typically $1,150 to $3,030, with the national average checking in at $2,100. That said, there are some factors that can affect how much your chain link fence installation costs.
Size and length
The total area you want to fence in will affect the cost of your chain link fence, as will the height. Custom heights and custom shapes will cost more, as will having a larger area to fence in, with some exceptions.
The thickness of the actual links in the fence can range from quite thin to immensely thick. Thicker wire width means it’s stronger and involves the use of more materials, which means it will cost more.
Size of the diamonds
You’ll remember that most chain link fences have a trademark diamond-shaped pattern. Smaller diamonds mean the fence is more secure, but it also means there needs to be more wire twisting performed in the production process, so that will increase your costs.
You’ll need to secure your chain link fence to intermittently-placed posts for stability and durability. These posts are usually metal, but can be concrete, wood or vinyl as well. Whichever material you choose, they must be set in concrete two feet below the ground to ensure structural integrity. Including the concrete needed to secure them, posts will typically run $3 per linear foot on average.
For residential use, you’ll likely need a gate when you order chain link fence installation. Driveway gates can cost anywhere from $800 to $7,600, while walkway gates can run from $100 to $450.
Powder coating and painting
You can have a powder coating applied to your chain link fence to increase its longevity for an average of $6 to $8 per linear foot, and you can have your fence painted by a professional for around $7 per linear foot.
The bottom line
Chain link fences give you a whole host of options, and if you opt for the higher-end choices, your costs can land more in the range of $3,000 to $5,200. However, a typical chain link fence can last 20 years, so paying several thousand dollars to secure your business is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Call for your chain link fence today
Interesting in learning more about chain link fence installation and how much it might cost? Call Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC today to schedule a consultation and estimate.