The Pros and Cons of a Hurricane Fence for a Residential Property

Posted on: 11 December 2017

When it comes to residential fencing, you want to choose something that provides security and privacy from the neighbours, while also being affordable, which may be a special challenge for very large yards. A hurricane or chain link fence is a good choice for many residential properties and can be the most affordable fence as well. If you're considering new fencing for your property, note a few pros and cons of chain link or hurricane fences, and a few suggestions for how to get around its drawbacks, so you can determine if this is the right fence for your needs.


Solid panel fences may have a tendency to lean, or some panels may outright collapse. This is often because those solid panels are very heavy and may get blown over by strong winds and rains. The mesh of a hurricane fence allows those strong winds to pass through the fence, so the fence is less likely to blow over. The lighter weight of a chain link fence also means less chance of sections leaning. Regular tightening of the fence connectors along the posts can also reduce the risk of sagging, making it a very durable fence for your property.


Dogs that jump on and scratch solid wood fences can easily cause damage with their sharp claws, and they can also shred the base of the fence if they should dig in the yard. Large pets are less likely to cause such damage if they should jump on or scratch at a hurricane fence, and the pointed ends of the fence make it uncomfortable for them to dig around its base.


A chain link fence with a wide mesh may not provide much privacy from neighbours, but you can choose a smaller mesh that helps to block the view. If this is not an option, add vinyl slats through the larger mesh of a fence, for added privacy. Growing vines can also be planted at the base of the fence and allowed to grow through its mesh, or you might plant large and thick shrubbery in front of the fence, such as lilac or juniper bushes. This is a good choice if you want to control where you have privacy from neighbours, without closing in your entire yard; plant the bushes where the fence runs close to your patio, but leave the rest of your yard open for a better view of the horizon, as an example.

For more information on the benefits of a hurricane fence, contact local fencing contractors.