Adding Privacy With A Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences are economical, sturdy, and can last for years. This type of fencing is also great for homeowners with pets since it can be used to enclose a large yard without costing as much as other fencing types. Chain link fences are also great for those who want an unobstructed view of the surrounding landscape. However, for those who want more privacy, chain link fencing can pose some challenges. Instead of tearing down the fence and installing a more private fencing type, homeowners should consider doing these three things to add some privacy. 

Add Privacy Slats

One way to add more privacy to a yard that is enclosed with a chain link fence is by adding privacy slats. Privacy slats are vertical slats that are interwoven into the mesh of the fence. These slats are often made out of metal, wood, or vinyl and add opaqueness to the fence. If the fence is already in place, these slats can be added for $6 to $10 per foot of fencing. These slats are also available in a variety of colors and finishes. 

Privacy Screen

Another way to get more privacy is by installing a privacy screen. Privacy screens are vinyl mesh screens that attach to the chain link fence. These screens offer more privacy and can even block the wind. They are available in a variety of colors and are durable enough to last for years. Adding a privacy screen will add about $8 per square foot to the cost of a chain link fence. The amount of opaqueness varies with these screens. Screens range from slightly see through to completely opaque. 

Natural Privacy

Another great way to add privacy is by planting climbing plants next to the fence. Vines and ivy are great choices since they will eventually be large enough to obscure the yard. There are a variety of plants that will grow on a chain link fence ranging from flowering vines ,such as honeysuckle and wisteria, to evergreens like English ivy and creeping fig. Homeowners should carefully consider the local climate before choosing a plant to cover their chain link fence. It's also important to consider how the plants will look year round instead of just during one season. Vines and ivy are a great economical choice for privacy. Vines that will grow to cover as much as 20 feet in a couple of years can cost as little as $20.

Adding privacy to a chain link fence is easier than many homeowners may realize. Privacy slats and privacy screens are great choices that are easily customized to the homeowner's needs. Plants are also an economical way to add some privacy naturally. 

For more information, talk to a professional like Watt Fencing.