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6 Components of a Chain Link Fence

Technically, there are several components of a chain link fence, but for your sake and ours, we’ve decided to keep it simple. Below is brief breakdown of what we consider the main components of a chain link fence.


For starters, the notion of “fabric” comes from the idea of weaving wire like thread. Thus, the chain link fabric is formed. Like cloth, it comes in different styles and sizes.


Part of the chain link fabric, the gauge refers to the wire’s thickness. A larger gauge means less diameter. A smaller gauge equals more material, which makes it slightly stronger.

Sizes range from a 6 gauge up to a 12 ½ gauge. Typically, residential chain link fences are around 11 gauge or higher, while commercial fences tend to use 9-gauge wire.


Another piece of the fabric, the mesh refers to how far apart the parallel wires are in the pattern. Basically, it’s how big the diamond shape is from side-to-side.


The frame is the stabilizer. Chain link frames include three main items: terminal posts, line posts and horizontal posts.

To clarify, terminal posts are the ends, corners or gate posts. Line posts are the beams in between, and horizontal posts top off the frame.


Without these key components of a chain link fence, there would be no fence. Several types of fittings are needed such as brace bands, tension bars, dome caps and loop caps.


Last but not least comes the gate! Once again, there are options.

For example, most residential jobs prefer a simple walk-through gate. However, a commercial project might request a double-swing, drive-through gate.


With all the components of a chain link fence on-hand at Turner Fence, contact us if you need certain items for repair, or if it’s a good time to start your fencing project! Keep reading our blogs to find out more about us, fencing options and materials.