Chain Link Fencing

Commercial chain link fencing can be used in a wide range of settings, including industrial sites, schools, parks, and sports facilities. It is also commonly used to secure commercial properties such as warehouses, retail centers, and office buildings and can be customized to suit specific needs.

At B&T Fencing Fencing, we offer different heights of commercial chain link fencing to accommodate the level of security required, as well as heavy gauges of steel wire to match the strength and durability you need. Protective coating can be chosen based on the aesthetic desired, and in high-security conditions, razor wire or barbed wire may be added.

Commercial chain link fencing is a popular and cost-effective solution for businesses and other organizations looking to secure their properties with a strong, long-lasting, and cost-effective fence option.


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Almost all permanent commercial chain link fences have a top rail to support the weight of the chain link fabric and keep it from sagging over time. The fabric is tied to the rail using wire ties, which keeps the fence tight and prevents bending of the wire tops. Sometimes the top rail is left off purposely to make jumping the fence more difficult.

A bottom rail will prevent people from pulling up the wire and climbing under it. On ball fields, it helps to keep players from sliding under them accidentally.

Often, chain link fences taller than 6' also have a mid-brace rail, at least on each section between a terminal post and a line post, to help to keep the terminal post from being pulled over due to the high tension needed to keep the stretched fabric taut.

The diameter of the wire strand is what determines the gauge of the chain link. It is a little counter-intuitive, but the higher the gauge, the thinner the wire; so, for example, 9 gauge galvanized chain link fabric is made from a wire strand that is .148" in diameter, while 12 gauge galvanized chain link fabric is made from wire strand that is only .106" in diameter.

For commercial chain link fence purposes, 9 gauge wire is commonly used. Some applications require a heavier 6 gauge wire which is stronger and harder to cut. 6 gauge wire is very heavy and hard to stretch and is usually reserved for heavy industrial and high-security situations.

Lighter-weight 11 or 12 gauge wire is usually used for a temporary event or construction fence.

Common chain link fence heights include a range from 3 feet to 12 feet in height though almost any height is possible.

A chain link fence is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized steel wire. The chain link fence wire runs vertically and is bent into a zigzag pattern so that each “zig" hooks with the wire immediately on one side and each “zag" with the wire on the other. This forms the characteristic diamond pattern seen in this type of steel fence.

A typical chain link mesh will have a diamond size (measured on the diagonals) of 2" or 2 ¼", although smaller diamond sizes of 1 ¾" and 1 ¼" are also common.

A chain link fence will have a diamond pattern and the mesh size, or opening of the diamond opening, is measured on the diagonals of the pattern. Here are some examples of available mesh sizes:

  • 2 ¼" Suitable for temporary fences or residential use
  • 2" Standard for use on most commercial and industrial applications
  • 1 ¾" - 1 ½" Standard for use on tennis courts and backstops so balls don't get stuck
  • 1 ¼" Considered climb-resistant and meets pool code requirements in many cities
  • 1" Considered highly climb-resistant and often used for security applications

The diameter of the wire strand is what determines the gauge of the chain link. Here are examples of chain link fence wire thicknesses:

  • 11 Gauge Suitable for temporary fences or residential use and for the canopy on backstops
  • 9 Gauge Standard weight for most commercial and industrial applications and higher areas of backstops.
  • 6 Gauge Commonly used for heavy-duty security applications and lower portion of backstops