Chain link fencing comes in two main variants: galvanized and vinyl coated. Both these types of chain link fences offer a number of benefits over each other, and understanding the differences between the two can help you decide which type of chain link fencing is best for you.

Galvanized Chain Link Fencing

Also known as metallic-coated chain link fencing, galvanized chain link fences are the traditional and most common type of chain link fencing. They are coated with metals that boost the strength and durability of the fence, and prevent rust from eating away at the chain links themselves. Galvanized chain link fencing is the cheapest type of chain link fencing available. Galvanized chain link fencing also requires no maintenance, and will last ten to fifteen decades on average, though this depends on climate conditions and other environmental factors.

However, galvanized chain link fencing cannot be customized with different colors and offers a very industrial look that may not suit the aesthetic of your yard or your house. Additionally, even though it is treated to resist rust, galvanized metal chain link fencing can begin to rust after excessive exposure to snow or water, especially over a period of several years.

Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fencing

Also known as color coated chain link fencing, vinyl coated chain link fencing is regular galvanized chain link fencing that has colored vinyl wrapped around the links themselves. This allows you to customize the look of your chain link fence to a greater degree than you could with galvanized chain link fencing, choosing between a wide variety of different colors. Because the metal wires underneath the vinyl are still galvanized, all the benefits of galvanized chain link fences also apply to vinyl coated chain links. Vinyl coated chain link fences possess a greater degree of rust resistance, as the vinyl prevents water from reaching the metal of the fence.

However, a key consideration to take into account is the fact that vinyl coated chain link fences will be more expensive than galvanized chain link fences. Additionally, it is possible that with lightly colored vinyl, UV exposure can cause the colors on your chain link fence to fade over time. Vinyl coated chain link fencing may also require maintenance to clean off the vinyl, which can become covered in dirt or mud over time. While this only requires you to hose it down with a pressure washer, it is still a consideration that should be taken into account.

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