If you have recently invested in a new chain link fence, you will want to make sure that it isn't damaged. You can look after your chain link fence by taking the follow precautions.
1. Do not let kids climb on your fence
Kids love to climb on fences. While it can be a really exciting thing to do, it can also be very risky. Not only might the child fall off the fence and injure themselves, but the weight of their bodies could also cause serious damage to the fence. You may be wondering how a small child could damage a well-built chain link fence. After all, your fence will probably not look very different once a child has climbed on it. However, it is important to understand that the damage occurs incrementally.
Every time a child climbs on your chain link fence, they will loosen the grip of the posts slightly with their movements. Eventually, this can cause a fence to begin to lean or to fall over. If you have kids, you should introduce a rule which stops them from climbing on the fence.
2. Contact a fence contractor and ask them to install slats
If you want to extend the lifespan of your chain fence, you should contact a fence contractor can ask them to install slats. Slats can help a chain fence to stay in the upright position. The addition of slats also increases your security by making it difficult for an intruder to cut a hole in the chain link.
3. Keep vegetation away from the fence
Any climbing vegetation you have in your garden will love to make its home on your new chain link fence. While plants growing up the side of a fence can look very attractive, it can also have an extremely negative impact on its structural integrity. If you allow plants to grow on your chain-linked fence, you run the risk that the weight of the vegetation will cause the fence to droop.
In extreme cases, a climbing plant could cause a section of fence to collapse completely. Plants can also increase the chance that a fence will begin to rust as they help to trap moisture close to the metal surface.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can best maintain and extend the life of your chain link fencing, you should contact your local fence supplier today.