Galvanized vs Powder Coated Chain Link Fences
9 Jan 2020 Fencing Products
In most circumstances, a chain link fence is going to be exposed to the elements and will need some form of weatherproofing to prevent the metal from rusting. There are a couple of different ways of weatherproofing a chain link fence and the most popular ways are through galvanization and powder coating. At Vulcan Metal Works, we know the various benefits of galvanized and powder coated chain link fences.
Difference Between Galvanized and Powder Coated Fences
Chain link fences are a great inexpensive option for security and boundary markers for all kinds of properties. British Columbia receives pretty heavy rainfall, which means that these metal fences need to be protected to keep the water from causing rust. Finishing the fence with either a galvanized or powder coated finish can help to keep rust from occurring, but which type of finish is better?
Benefits of Galvanized Chain Link Fences
Galvanization is one of the most common methods of protecting metal from corrosion. By applying zinc to the surface of something made of metal, a protective layer is formed between that item and the surrounding environment’s moisture and other elements. A galvanized fence will have a muted silver colour.
Benefits of Powder Coated Chain Link Fences
Powder coating uses static and heat to apply a special powder to metal that is extremely durable and waterproof and gives the object a painted look. Powder coating is widely used for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to stave off corrosion. When used on a chain link fence, powder coating is typically used for the posts, framework, and other components, while vinyl coating is often used for the mesh.
What Finish is Best for a Chain Link Fence?
When it comes to weatherproofing methods, both galvanization and powder coating work incredibly well and they are comparable in function. The difference comes in the cost and the look of the finished product. While chain link fences are less expensive, most people prefer the look of a powder coated fence. If the fence is going to be in a highly visible area, it is usually worth it to spend a little bit extra on a powder coated chain link fence; however, if the placement of the fence is already fairly industrial, a galvanized fence is sometimes preferable.
If you would like to find out more about galvanized vs powder coated chain link fences, or if you have any questions about the fencing products and services we provide, please contact us at 604-862-5378 or send us a request through our website.