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Slats or Windscreens: The Chain Link Privacy Fence Face-off

If you’ve ever wanted some privacy or wind protection from your chain link fence, slats and windscreens are your ideal products. Both options provide extra coverage to your chain link fence that are able to block the wind, reduce visibility and improve aesthetics. This can be useful for a variety of fence applications, from small scale fences up to the major baseball stadium fences.

White plastic slats woven into a chain link fence to reduce visibility and provide wind protectionSlat Advantages

Slats are long vertical strips that are installed into the weave of a chain link fence. This makes them a more permanent fixture and usually take longer to install than a windscreen. Slats can be made of metal, wood or plastic and are available in many colors that can be installed in alternating patterns.

Slat Disadvantages

While slats have improved aesthetics and provide a more in-depth and permanent installation, they can’t provide the same customization options as windscreens and can end up costing a little more.

A construction zone surrounded by a chain link fence with a bright red windscreen attached to it for privacy and reduced windWindscreen Advantages

A windscreen is a piece of mesh fabric that can be attached to your chain link fence. Windscreens are particularly great for stadiums and sporting venues. This is because they can be special ordered with text, logos or pictures and come in a wide variety of colors. Windscreening can be semi-translucent to opaque, so you are sure to find the right level of privacy for your fence.

Windscreen Disadvantages

Windscreens are easier to install than slats, but they are also more temporary. They do not always make ideal permanent solutions and are best used as a short-term fixture.

Deciding between slats or a windscreen really depends on how permanent you would like the fixture to be and your design preferences. Slats are more permanent look nicer, but also offer fewer decorative options and are more time consuming to install. Windscreens offer more customization possibilities and are easier to install, but are best used in the short-term.