Yes you do, is the simple answer to this one.
A galvanized chain link may not rust for a while, but it could do, over time. The vinyl coated chain link will stay clear of rust for many years, but it is only as strong as its weakest coating.
Once the rust gets hold of a chain link fence, you will need to take action.
A list of what to look out for, and the action to take, regarding rust and chain link fences includes:
- Galvanized and vinyl coated fences
- Older fences are more susceptible to rust
- Where rust forms
- How to treat a rust spot
- What are the alternatives
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Galvanized and vinyl coated fences
A galvanized chain link comes ready prepared to fight rust and weather damage.
If your chain link is not galvanized, you are in trouble.
A vinyl coated fence will also be galvanized beneath the coating, at least it should be, to be fully protected from the weather.
Vinyl coating gives an extra, solid layer of protection to the fence and is preferable.
You may also choose from a variety of colors which may match your garden planning and color scheming.
Rust will soon appear if your fence is not galvanized, or vinyl coated.
Older fences are more susceptible to rust
The older the fence, the more life it has seen.
A galvanized fence will begin to see spots of rust and vinyl coating may be coming away in places.
These weaknesses, which come with age, make the chain link more susceptible to the spread of rust and decay.
Taller fences see more action during a lifetime, and you may not spot the trouble at the top until it is taking hold.
Keeping an eye on weak spots may save your fence from long-term rust damage.
Where rust forms on a chain link fence
Rust will form wherever it can get a foothold.
Where the chain link meets the posts is a common problem area and one you may need to treat with a primer during maintenance.
The fence moves a lot with the wind and the chain links rub off each other, wearing away the vinyl and the galvanizing.
Wet, damp weather will allow rust to form in these weak spots and stretching the chain link to tighten the links may help.
You may also consider cleaning and spray painting the fence regularly, to keep on top of the rust.
How to treat rust spots
If you are lucky to find the rust spots before they take hold, you may get ahead of the problem
Regular painting of a galvanized fence with an anti-rust paint will keep the rust in check.
Rubbing the rust away with a wire brush or sandpaper before painting is also a good idea.
A taller fence can be difficult to work on and calling in a maintenance crew may be the only answer.
What are the alternatives
When you are considering a chain link for the property, you may think of the alternatives, before going ahead with construction.
If you already have a chain link fence you may consider replacing it.
A vinyl fence has all the functions a chain link fence, but without any of the problems.
It is easy to construct, needs very little maintenance and will last for many, many years.
Vinyl is a secure fencing option, and you can use it for picket fences, ranch rail fencing and for the privacy fence, to keep your property safe and out of the public eye.
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