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3 Ways Your Fencing Contractor Can Improve Your Chain-link Fence

Whether you're the foreman of a construction site, a homeowner, or a business owner, you want your chain-link fencing to provide as much security to your property as possible. Without a secure fence, you risk becoming a victim of vandalism, theft, or physical harm. Although standard chain-link fences serve as moderate deterrents to most people, they are seen as a joke to experienced intruders.

However, with a few upgrades that can be installed by your fencing contractor, your chain-link fencing can become a solid barrier between your property and anybody looking to cause some trouble.

Wire Deterrents

Barbed and razor wire have proven to be effective at deterring people from simply climbing over chain-link fences. A simple internet search for any prison will bring up countless images of tall, sturdy, chain-link fences topped with barbed or razor wire.

Your fencing contractor can install either barbed or razor wire on any chain-link fencing, but there are a few differences between these two deterrents.

Razor wire consists of circular strands of razor-lined wire stretched between each fence post. Razor wire is incredibly difficult to bypass since it's under tension while installed. If any section of razor wire is cut, the rest of the wire will snap back and snag the clothing or skin of whoever tampered with the wire.

However, if you're a homeowner, chances are you don't want a tangled mess of unsightly razor wire tarnishing the aesthetics of your home and yard. Instead, you'll want barbed wire.

Barbed wire consists of braided wires that have small barbs every few inches. This type of wire deterrent is installed in rows just above the top of your fence. The clean-cut appearance of barbed wire will leave the aesthetics of your property intact while remaining a strong deterrent to any potential intruders. Similarly to razor wire, barbed wire is installed under tension and will recoil when cut.

Top Rails

Unfortunately, barbed or razor wire can be completely avoided if you don't install top rails on your chain-link fence. Top rails, as their name implies, are rails that attach through loops installed on the caps of your fence posts. These rails serve as additional anchor points for the top sections of your chain-link fencing. While top rails are installed, they'll prevent trespassers from pulling the top of your fencing downward to create a gap between your fencing and wire deterrent.

Some companies or contractors install top rails as a standard component on chain-link fences. However, if your fence didn't come standard with top rails, then these are the first upgrade you should purchase. Out of all other available upgrades, top rails improve your chain-link fencing's integrity the most.

Tension Wire

Similarly to top rails, tension wire will prevent potential trespassers from being able to push or pull the lower edges of your chain-link fencing. Additionally, tension wire will prevent small animals from easily pushing through the bottom of your fence.

When your contractor installs tension wire at the base of your chain-link fence, they'll secure it to one of your fence posts (creating an anchor point) and pull it tight across the attached section of fencing. Once the wire is tight, they'll anchor it to the next fence post and repeat the installation process until the wire is routed behind the entirety of your fence. Although it's possible to install tension wire by yourself, leaving the job to a professional will ensure that it won't slip or lose tension over time.

With these three upgrades, your standard chain-link fence can become an impenetrable defense against vandals, trespassers, and burglars. If you're becoming increasingly worried about a potential intrusion, then contact your local fence contractor right away to install one or more of these upgrades.