3 Of The Most Common Reasons For Chain Link Fence Damage And How To Avoid Them

20 July 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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A chain link fence can definitely add great value to your property, offering a certain level of security and a safe place for children and pets to roam. These feces are highly prized by homeowners not just because of this, but also because of the fence's noteworthy ability to withstand many years of use. Just the same, however, chain link fences can and do become damaged or compromised sometimes simply because an unwitting homeowner makes a few mistakes. Take a look at a few of the most common reasons for chain link fencing damage so you can better avoid the problems with your own fence. 

Trees planted too close to the fence push sections of the fence outward or up from the ground. 

Once you have a chain link fence, it is important that you do not plant trees too close to it. Even though the tree itself may be small, the root system beneath the ground can grow toward the fence and push it out of its intended position with tie. Unfortunately, when this happens, it can be difficult to fix the problem without removing the tree and sometimes, costly damages to the fencing itself will require you to invest in new panels. 

Kids are allowed to climb on the fence and it bends the links out of place. 

Those little holes in a chain link fence are often just the right size for small feet to get a foothold for climbing, so kids do enjoy climbing around on a chain link fence. However, the added weight in the wiring can bend the fencing components out of place and leave large gaps and holes. Plus, the added weight can pull the wired panels away from their frames. Make sure you teach your children that climbing in the chain link fence you have on your property is not allowed. 

Items are leaned against the fence for support and it buckles under pressure. 

Your chain link fence is definitely strong, but it is not designed to support excessive amounts of weight. Many homeowners try to use their fence as a support system for heavy items. For example, they may lean a stack of lumber against the fence until they start their DIY project or hang a piece of landscaping equipment from the top by the handle. This kind of action can lead to buckled and bent fencing panels that will have to be replaced.