A chain link fence is a durable, relatively maintenance-free addition to your yard. According to SF Gate, your chain link fence can last 15 to 20 years. A chain link fence doesn't have to stand as a barrier alone, though. Choose a stylish update to make your fence an attractive part of the landscape.
A simple coat of paint can go a long way toward beautifying your fence. Many fences already come with colored vinyl coating. However, if you have a plain, galvanized steel chain link fence, consider applying paint to the metal. First use a wire brush or sandblaster to remove any grime or rust. After that, simply apply aluminum paint with a roller.
Another option is to weave slats between the links. Not only does this add more privacy, but it gives your fence a stylish appearance. Choose, wood, vinyl or aluminum slats, and weave them in either horizontally or vertically. In fact, if you choose wooden slats or wood-finish vinyl, your fence takes on the look of wood without the cost and upkeep of real wood.
Another way to channel a wooden fence is to add trellises to your perimeter fence. Set trellis panels at regular intervals along the length of your chain link fence. Choose panels taller than the fence itself for balance. This option looks especially attractive if you will be adding landscaping to the fencing.
Training vines around the chain links transforms it into a living fence. Ivy is a classic, and training ivy over the fence gives it the appearance of a hedge. Delicate flowers such as morning glory or golden trumpet are a pretty choice. Select jasmine, sweet pea, or honeysuckle to add fragrance to your yard. If you're more inclined to camouflage the fence, choose hardier flowers such as bougainvillea or wisteria.
Planting shrubs in front of your fence is another way to add privacy and soften the angles of the fence. In fact, depending on the bushes you choose, shrubbery can add color, texture, and even fragrance. Rhododendrons, heavenly bamboo, and mock orange are all viable bush options for your fencing.
If you don't want to go as big a shrubbery, consider planting flower beds around or even on your fence. One idea is to create a regular row around the perimeter of the same flower. Another option is to create seemingly irregular clumps of flowers. For instance, intersperse tall, thin flowers with shorter, bushier options. Finally, consider hanging planters on the fence itself.
Your chain link fence is a sturdy barrier than can also add curb appeal to your home with a stylish update. To learn about getting your own fence, contact a company such as Carter Fence.
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