Galvanized or Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence: What Are the Differences and How to Choose the Ideal Option

If you intend to have a chain link fence installed around your house, company property or even in a land or farm, you have probably come across the words galvanized and vinyl coated, right? After all, these are the two main types of chain link fence finish. But do you know the differences between them? Or which one is best for you?

Both types are made of steel, but with different coatings. We will explain the difference between them for you to understand and choose the option that best suits you.

Galvanized or Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fencing

The galvanized chain link fence is made of electro-welded galvanized steel wires. Galvanizing is a process in which steel is coated with a thin layer of another metal. In this case, it is zinc. The union of these two metals provides greater protection against moisture, prevents rust and increases its resistance. 

It is worth mentioning that even if galvanizing increases the durability of the material, the salt spray and other climate effects can, eventually corrode it. Especially if the fence doesn’t get the correct preventive maintenance.

This type of fence is very suitable for fencing industrial, commercial and residential areas. They are also widely used in civil construction – chain link fences ensure greater practicality and also end up being a more economical option.

The vinyl coated ones are also made of galvanized steel. However, these receive a layer of vinyl on top. That is, it is an even more resistant option. Because of this, this coating is extremely important for those who live in a coastal area or in very humid environments.

Vinyl is a very versatile plastic polymer that has excellent resistance against abrasive chemicals and environmental effects such as sun, rain and even salt spray. This material also further enhances the protection against oxidation, as it avoids direct contact of the wire with water.

Like galvanized mesh, it is widely used in fencing residential, commercial and industrial areas. And in addition to greater resistance, this type of fence has one more advantage: the vinyl coating can be colored, so you can choose a tone that matches your project.

What’s the Best Option?

It depends on your project, as both options are highly effective in fencing spaces. In addition, both have high durability and resistance to damage.

But, there’s an infallible tip: if you’re not concerned about aesthetics, that is, don’t mind that the fence is visible, the traditional version of the galvanized chain link fence is a great alternative. After all, it will fulfill its purpose and is even cheaper.

If aesthetics are a factor, the best option is the vinyl coated one. It is possible to use a green vinyl coated chain link fence in areas with gardens, for example, which helps to camouflage the fence and make the look more pleasant. If the fence will be somewhere close to the sea, it is also interesting to invest in this version for even greater durability.

Chain Link Fences in Vancouver

If you need help choosing the best fencing for a land or property, contact us. We can both help you find the most suitable option for your case and also help you with all practical issues involving the installation of the fence – from model to ideal height. To contact us, click here.