Covering Your Chain Link Fence

A chain-link fence is one of the cheapest kinds of fence that you can install around your property. Usually not the first choice because of aesthetic reasons, they win over a lot of homeowners with how easy they are to install.

To install a chain-link fence, you dig holes on the ground that are filled with concrete around the fence posts. From there, you stretch out chain-link from post to post, wrapping it around your property. The problem is that once installed, they are tough to remove. Even with a tractor, it is a big job because they are deeply buried and encased in concrete.

If you have a chain-link fence, it will be easier and less expensive to cover it up than it would be to remove it. Below are some options for beautifying your industrial-esque fencing.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cover a fence cheaply? Adding hanging pots or other planters from your fence can be an inexpensive way of hiding it. This is a particularly useful option if you want to cover a fence in a rented home, or while you wait for slow-growing climbers to get going How do you dress up a chain-link fence Over time, chain link fences tend to rust and fade. One way to improve their appearance is to paint them black or dark green. Painting your fence will make it look less industrial and help it to blend more seamlessly into the surrounding landscape How can I make my metal fence look better Paint It! – It seems so simple, but really, painting your chain link fence a colour instantly makes it look more finished. Black, white, green, or a pop of colour, I think a can of paint does wonders for this type of fence Can I paint my chain link fence black? Most chain link fences start as a silver colour, but fence paint is available in a variety of colours. Green causes the fence to blend in with the landscape, while black serves as a neutral colour that blends with any landscape. … You may not need to apply the primer if the fence just has a few spots of rust.

The galvanized steel post frames and chain links can make your nice outdoor space feel like a prison yard. The chain-link fence deprives you of the enjoyment of your yard.

They are strong and can keep your children and pets safe. However, the eyesore renders them undeserving of the aesthetically pleasing aspect of your yard. Because removing the fence might be costly, this article will assist you in transforming it into a work of art using the least expensive methods available.

A nice fence will give you peace of mind. Jill and Jane now have a peaceful and beautiful backyard thanks to these inexpensive ways to hide a chain link fence.

3) Bamboo Rolls to cover up a chain link fence

You can purchase rolls of bamboo to act as privacy screen on your chain link fence.

You can use zip ties to attach the bamboo roll to your existing chain link fence.

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Chain Link Fence Slats

Fence slats are the ideal barrier material when you need to fence in an area for privacy purposes. The poles make it possible to see through the screen, but they also prevent anyone from seeing what’s on the other side because of their height. These fences allow for long, narrow pieces to be inserted vertically, so why not do your entire fence with these?

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Plus, these privacy screens are economical compared to other types that are made specifically for private areas. Fence slats are made of high-density polyethylene or aluminum.  You can also spray paint them with whatever color you like to help match them with the color of your home or complement your home color.

Because of their material, chain link slats can last for a long time. But depending on the weather in your region, you can repaint them once in a while. They’re also easy to replace, so don’t fret if they get damaged.

6) Planter Boxes along the Top of the Fence

You can hang planter boxes (flower boxes) along the top of your chair link fence and then get some trailing flowers or vines to overflow the planter and hang down.

The picture below is similar to what I mean. (If you want some help with your landscaping, check out her Instagram page for inspiration. @outsideinbydenise.)

That is plant called Silver Falls (Dichondra argentea). This evergreen perennial produces these awesome, bulky trailing strands that will work well to provide privacy if grown in planter boxes along the top of your chain link fence. (Click here for more information on this great looking plant.)

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Mesh Wind Screen/Privacy Screen

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At first glance, mesh wind screen looks like a tarp. But tarp is a poor choice for fences because it catches the wind and acts like a sail. By contrast, a mesh privacy screen is made for fences.

Mesh privacy screen is water- and wind-permeable; it has a double-thick trim around the perimeter, and it has brass grommets on the trim so that you can attach it to the chain-link with zip-ties. Privacy ranges from 80- to 96-percent, depending on how much you are willing to spend.

  • Pros: Mesh screening is highly durable. As this is non-organic UV-rated polypropylene, it should last for many years, more so than with any organic products. But due to its woven construction and dark color, the elements will eventually take a toll on this material. Mesh screening is the lowest cost solution of any listed here. Lower privacy screens (85-percent blockage) are the least expensive. Screens with 96-percent blockage cost about 50-percent more.
  • Cons: Mesh privacy screens are more about utility than beauty. Since they are often used in industrial areas, schools, tennis courts, and swimming pools, they don’t work well for most homes, at least from an aesthetic standpoint.

Mesh Wind Screen

A Mesh wind screen is also called bird netting, which is very effective against pests and has no gaps between the metal mesh that might allow small children to put their heads through. Mesh fencing is already installed into prefabricated panels that you can buy at your local hardware store..

The Mesh privacy screen is water and wind permeable. It also has a double-thick trim around the perimeter, plus brass grommets on the trim to enable you to attach it to the chain-link fence with zip ties. The brass grommets and zip ties make them easier to install and remove than other options.

Mesh screening is highly durable. It’s a non-organic UV rated with high-density polyethylene, enabling it to last for many years. It’s also the lowest cost when compared with other privacy screens.

On the downside, they are more about utility than beauty. They’re often used in industrial areas, schools, tennis courts, and swimming pools, making them unsuitable for home options.

Full Bamboo Screens

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Rolled bamboo fencing is constructed from attached poles ranging in thickness from 3/4-inch to 2 inches. Full bamboo pole screens can be installed on a chain-link fence by tying it directly to the rails and poles with foot-long pieces of 16 gauge wire.

Choose poles that are cut on the bamboo nodes, as they do better than poles that have exposed ends. The nodes act as natural weather-resistant caps.

  • Pros: Full bamboo screens are very attractive and look natural. Coverage is a decent 85-percent. If you want to give your home and yard a fun, tropical feeling, full bamboo screens are an excellent way to start.
  • Cons: The durability of bamboo is moderate. Tough and insidious as a growing plant, bamboo left untreated quickly turns brown and silver, then starts to develop long vertical cracks. As far as organic coverings go, full bamboo is durable. But as with any organic material left outside, it will slowly deteriorate unless continually maintained. Full bamboo screens are a special order item, found mainly online or at specialized garden centers.

8. Plant Bushes and Trees 

Wood planks aren’t your sole option for covering a chain-link fence. Plant shrubs and trees in front of your chain link fence if you want more privacy and security. This will help hide the area and give it a more secure appearance.

Make sure you choose a tree that is appropriate for your growing environment. Choose a plant-based on the climate in your area, as well as whether you require a plant that can withstand direct sunlight, dry soil, and maintain its color throughout the year.

If you choose with bushes, trees, or shrubs, you’ll have to maintain them every week, and they’ll take a few years to reach full height. Also, cut the plant uniformly on the top and sides, with the top broader than the base to allow light to reach the lower branches.

Sean Jarvis Sean Jarvis is an interior decorator, writer, and expert handyman. Well versed in everything home improvement, he is a savant at manipulating words and spaces and upgrading everything around him. Sean specializes in writing concise guides about appliance repair and installation, home and lifestyle, and other residential projects.


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