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Chain link fences are one of the most popular choices in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, NY. The reason is simple. It brings many benefits, such as affordability, visibility, durability, security and safety for pets and kids, variety and customizability, quick and easy installation, and low maintenance.

Chain link fences are made from a see-through wire mesh woven in a zigzag pattern to create the familiar diamond-shaped mesh. Chain link fence is also known as “cyclone fence or hurricane fence”. So, I will use these terms to not sound repetitive.

A chain link fence offers all the visibility in the world but not privacy at all. Sometimes you might want to enjoy the view and visibility that a chain link fence offers. But some other times like during family gatherings in the yard, you’d love more privacy. That’s why we created this article on the inexpensive ways to cover a chain link fence to transform it into a privacy fence option.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Cover a Chain Link Fence

  • Chain Link Fence with Privacy Slats
  • Install Bamboo Screens to Add Natural Beauty
  • Chain Link Fence with Privacy Reed Screens
  • Mesh Windscreen or Privacy Screen
  • Install Wooden Panels to Add Appeal and Privacy

Inexpensive Ways to Cover a Chain Link Fence

1. Chain Link Fence with Privacy Slats

Since chain link fences have big openings, it’s easy to slide slats down the fence without means of attachment. Slats are commonly made of either aluminum or polyethylene. When needing privacy for chain link fences, you should consider buying slats since they are affordable. In fact, you can get slats for chain link fences in Home Depot, and the good news is that prices for slats start at only $75. And for the installation, you don’t have to worry because it is easy for the average homeowner. Take a look at this hilarious video from FenceScreen where they teach how to install chain link fence slats:

You can even paint the slats to match the color of your house. So, you can add privacy and even curb appeal for your home.

2. Bamboo Screens Add Natural Beauty

If there is one thing that a chain link fence doesn’t offer is natural beauty. So, by installing bamboo screens, you can add natural, tropical beauty to your fence while working as an effective privacy solution.

You can tie bamboo screens directly to the fence posts and pipes with foot-long pieces of 16-gauge wire.

Since bamboo is an organic material, bamboo screens are relatively durable. We recommend that your screen is made from bamboo poles cut right on the node. When a bamboo screen has exposed ends, they accumulate rain and start to deteriorate faster.

3. Chain Link Fence with Privacy Reed Screens

I have to say that Home Depot has awesome products, and you can find nice-looking and useful reed screens there. These screens are an affordable option when you need privacy for your chain link fence. For instance, a 6 ft. H x 16 ft. W Natural Reed Garden Fencing Roll costs $32.48. That’s the price of privacy! Reed screens are made of freshwater reeds that grow along riverbanks and wetlands. Reeds are lightweight because they have the thickness of a drinking straw, so it is easy to move and install a reed screen. Also, these organic screens add a tropical beach feel to your house. The only drawback is that they don’t last long. For instance, reed screens stay attractive for about a year or two. After that, the reeds change from golden-brown to gray and start to fall out of the wire weaving material.

4. Mesh Windscreen or Privacy Screen

A mesh windscreen looks like a tarp, but it’s designed for fences since it doesn’t catch wind.

I would claim that buying a windscreen is the quickest, and simplest way to cover a chain-link fence. And in fact, an inexpensive privacy fence idea.

One of the reasons that windscreens are such a popular privacy screen for chain link fences is that they are easy to install. Windscreens come with grommets in the hem or edge of the fabric, so you can easily attach it to the chain link fence with zip ties.

Another benefit of installing a mesh windscreen is its high durability. As this is non-organic UV-rated polypropylene, it should last for many years, more than any organic product.

The only drawback of this type of privacy fencing solution is that it is not appealing. It provides privacy, but it doesn’t lift the look of your property because it has a basic, utilitarian look.

5. Install Wooden Panels to Add Appeal and Privacy

One of the most appealing and elegant ways to dress up a chain link fence is by installing wooden fence panels.

As we said, a hurricane fence is one of the most popular options in New York. Maybe you chose it because it offered many benefits (except great appeal and privacy). But now, you feel you need more privacy from neighbors.

You can do that by attaching wooden panels to the chain link fence. But out of all the tips I gave you, this is not an easy DIY project.

The installation of wooden panels might require 2 or more people and a combination of skills, tools, and materials.

If you need help with the installation of your wooden panels, you can count with the support of Frank Fence & Construction. Call us or email us to help you with your project.

Enjoy the New Found Privacy with Your Loved Ones

As I said earlier, a chain link offers all the visibility but zero privacy. But after providing you with my list of inexpensive ways to cover a chain link fence, you’ll enjoy your new found privacy with your loved ones.

Now, you’ll be able to have family gatherings, birthday parties, or just be yourself by knowing people will not be watching you. B-)

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