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Privacy Ideas For A Chain Link Fence

by Wallace Simmons

Chain link fences are a simple and inexpensive choice when you need to fence in your yard, but they leave something to be desired when it comes to privacy and appearance. Fortunately, you have several options to dress up chain link while also increasing your backyard privacy.

Idea #1: Privacy Slats

Vinyl or aluminum privacy slats are the most common choice for both dressing up the chain link fence and for providing privacy. These slats come in nearly any color. They simply slide in between the chains, either from the top down or at an angle, depending on the final appearance you desire.

Privacy slats are weather resistant and durable, requiring almost no maintenance. If a slat is damaged, you can replace the single slat instead of repairing the whole fence. Several designs are available, include those that resemble pickets and some that resemble living greenery, which gives the look of a hedge.

Idea #2: Reed Fencing

If you prefer something more natural, consider reed or bamboo fencing. This comes in long rolls in various heights. You can even use taller rolls to help raise the height of your chain link fence. You simply unroll the panels against the chain link fence and attach them with plastic ties.

Reed and bamboo isn't the most durable option, although it should last for several years. It's most susceptible to wind damage, especially if the reeds are taller than the chain link fence. Creating a frame around the reed panels with 1-by-2-boards can help them last longer and provide a more finished look. You can stain the frame any color desired.

Idea #3: Wind Screens

Fabric mesh wind screens are often used on fences around playing fields and playgrounds, but they are also a viable privacy option for your home. Wind screens generally come in black or green. The large fabric panels attach to the chain link fence securely, blocking both the wind and prying eyes.

The fabric is fairly durable and can last for many years. It is prone to showing dirt, but you can quickly clean it by spraying it down with a hose.

Idea #4: Living Screen

For year-round privacy, plant an evergreen hedge along your chain link fence. It may take several years for the hedge to grow to the desired height, but once it's does, your privacy concerns are in the past. Another option is to grow quick-growing annual vines along the fence. Morning glories, black-eyed susan vines, and scarlet runner beans provide privacy from spring through early fall.

When choosing a privacy option, consider how you plan to use your yard. Slats or an evergreen hedge are a better option if you have a dog, because a dog can damage reed and fabric screens. If you plan to use the space for relaxing or entertaining, you can choose whichever option most appeals to you.

For more information, contact Avalon Fencing or a similar company.


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Hi, I'm Lenora. One of my favorite things is traveling. And when I travel, I especially love to see the various architecture around the world. Ever since I built a house (well, you know, hired a contractor to help me design it and then build it for me), I have been fascinated with the construction process. I love looking at international architecture like Saint Basil's Cathedral in Russia or Angkor Wat in Cambodia. How were they made? It is just so interesting to me, from the foundation's support to all the intricate details such as paving or roofing. I started this blog to talk about all the parts of construction. I hope you enjoy it!