How to Choose the Best Cyclone Fencing for Your Property

Cyclone fencing, often called hurricane fencing or chain link fencing, is a very common choice for residential as well as commercial properties, as it's very affordable, easy to install, and typically requires very little maintenance. Cyclone fencing also doesn't interfere with your view of the property or make a property seem closed in. When you're ready to shop for cyclone fencing for your property, note a few quick tips for choosing the best material and design.

Zinc, aluminum, and steel

There are usually three different types of metals used for cyclone fencing; zinc-coated wires, aluminum, and steel. Zinc-coated wires are typically the most affordable, as the wires are somewhat thin but the zinc coating makes them stronger and more resistant to weather. However, the zinc coating can sometimes leave drips and dribbles behind, and the wires may be somewhat flimsy so the fence begins to sag after so many years. This can be a good choice for residential properties where you simply need an affordable option for marking off your yard.

Aluminum fencing doesn't rust or corrode and may be stronger than zinc-coated wires; it's often used for schoolyards where it may get hit with sports balls and the like. The aluminum will retain its shape and not pull away from the fence posts as easily as wires. 

Steel is the strongest of the materials and will have the most resistance against sagging and damage, and is not easy to cut through. Steel is often chosen for commercial facilities for maximum protection against intruders; a tall steel fence may be too tall to climb but the metal cannot easily be cut with tin snips to create an opening. Steel may be the most expensive option but offers the most security and durability.

Coating the fence

You can add color to your fence by choosing one that is dipped in a paint color before it's installed, but, usually, this paint doesn't last more than a few years and will need a reapplication. A PVC coating can be applied instead; this is usually much more expensive than standard paint but the PVC is more durable. It's not prone to peeling or chipping, so you don't need it reapplied as often, if at all. The PVC can also add a layer of protection to the metal that paint cannot; it can make the fence stronger and less prone to sagging or warping. This can make it a better long-term investment for a fence coating, even if the cost is higher than paint.