What Gauge Chain-Link Fence Should You Use?
Chain-link fencing has many uses, and manufacturers have created different chain-link types suited for various applications. One of the most significant distinctions is gauge. Choosing the wrong gauge could mean your chain-link fencing won’t do the job it’s supposed to do. Here are some tips for selecting the correct gauge for your chain-link fence.
What does gauge mean?
A gauge is a measurement of a chain-link wire’s diameter and how much steel was used to make it. The number indicates the relative strength of the wire, whether it’s very fine or heavy-duty. The lower the number, the greater thickness of the wire. For example, a six-gauge chain-link fence is thicker and more substantial than a 12-gauge fence.
Chain-link gauges range from six to 13, although the most popular gauges for residential and commercial use are between nine and 11. Gauge numbers indicate the following wire thicknesses:
- six-gauge = 4.88
- nine-gauge = 3.76 millimetres
- 11 gauge = 3.05 millimetres
- 11.5 gauge = 2.87 millimetres
As you can see, the wires on a six-gauge chain-link fence are substantially thicker than an 11.5-gauge wire.
Choosing the best gauge for a chain-link fence
Here’s a rundown of the more popular chain-link applications and the best gauges for the job.
Commercial chain-link fencing
The standard for most commercial chain-link fencing is nine-gauge, also called light commercial duty fencing. This type of fencing is found mainly in government and public spaces. However, if your commercial property requires high security, consider six-gauge for more stability.
Industrial chain-link fencing
Six-gauge, robust chain-link fencing is required for most industrial applications, including construction sites, farms, trucking companies and public utilities. Anything else won’t hold up to the rigours of the job, and you’ll end up paying more for fence repair or replacement.
Temporary fencing must be lightweight and easy to move. Consequently, you need a light gauge wire, like 11 or 11.5 for temporary perimeters.
Sports/athletic fields and tennis courts
You need a thick-gauge chain-link fence to handle sharply-hit baseballs and blistering tennis serves. Therefore, sports fields, tennis courts and basketball courts require six-gauge chain-link fencing.
It’s not just the wire gauge that determines a fence’s strength. Mesh size (the size of the diamond-shaped holes), the fence’s framework (posts and rails) and the material (galvanized vs regular steel) all contribute to the fence’s overall security. A professional fencing service can help you choose the best fence for your needs.
Chain-link fence installation, maintenance and repair in Toronto
At City Fence Inc., we specialize in chain-link fencing installation, maintenance and repair. We provide installations for commercial and industrial clients and construction sites. We’ll work with you to design an indoor or outdoor fence that meets your security needs. Contact us today to ask about prices or request a free no-obligation quote.