Chainlink fences are durable and inexpensive, but they don't always provide the appearance or privacy that you may desire. Fortunately, there are simple ways that you can upgrade your fence so it meets these needs and desires. The following are just a few of the available options.
Option #1: Privacy Slats
This is one of the quickest ways to add privacy to a chainlink fence. These vinyl slats simply slide into the chain from top to bottom. Better constructed slats have a top lock, so you don't have to worry about them sliding out. You can get them in almost any color, with white, red, green, and brown being just a few options. There are even slats that resemble foliage, which gives the chainlink the look of a hedge. Another option is to combine different colors of slats to create the pattern of your choice.
Option #2: Fence Panels
These panels are typically made of thin wooden or bamboo slats. They use the chainlink fence as the support posts. Simply fasten the panels to the existing chain using the included hardware. The finished look is that of a wooden fence, but without the cost of full installation. You can even stain or paint these panels in the color of your choice. The only drawback is that the chainlink fence is still visible on one side, since the panels are only affixed as facing to one side of the fence.
Option #3: Lattice Panels
Lattice comes in cedar or vinyl. Cedar lattice is usually left natural, while vinyl is usually white or a faux cedar color. You can cut the panels down to the desired size and then attach them to the chainlink with brackets or wire. Two benefits of lattice are that it is relatively inexpensive and it is lightweight, so you can attach it to both sides of the chainlink fence.
Option #4: Reed Screens
Reed screens are one of the least expensive options. These typically come on rolls of various lengths, so it is simple to purchase only what you need. Installation is also super quick and easy. Stand the roll on end at one end of the fence and use wire or clips to attach it to one of the main chainlink support posts. Then, simply unroll the reed mat down the length of the fence, wiring it to each support post as you pass over it. Reed screens can last several seasons before they will need be be replaced.
Contact a local fencing contractor for more chainlink ideas or to upgrade your fence to a new design.