Tension Bars for Chain Link Fences

Tension bars bring a chain link fence's strength to its utmost potential

When it comes to practical and efficient fencing solutions, chain link fences have long been a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties. Their affordability, low maintenance requirements, and functional design make them an attractive option for a variety of applications. However, like any fence, chain link fences require proper assembly and all the necessary fittings and components to remain a durable, lasting security feature. One essential fitting is the tension bar: a simple yet highly effective component that significantly boosts your fence's strength and stability.

What are Tension Bars?

Deceptively simple in appearance, tension bars are horizontal metal bars that are threaded through both the end bands and mesh of a chain link fence post, connecting them and providing added structural support. They play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the fence by preventing the fabric from sagging. Weak points allow the fence to be more easily disassembled or exploited. What’s the point of installing a fence for perimeter security when animals and intruders can easily crawl through a sagging loose point in the fabric?

The Benefits of Tension Bars

Strength and Stability: One of the primary advantages of tension bars is increased strength and stability. By distributing tension evenly across the fence, tension bars minimize the risk of sagging or leaning, which can compromise the security and appearance of the fence. This is particularly important for fences that span long distances or are exposed to strong winds.

  • Preventing Rust and Corrosion: The tension bars sold by America’s Fence Company are made from galvanized steel or, in the case of their black vinyl coated counterparts, covered with an attractive yet elegant layer of black PVC. This not only ensures longevity but also helps prevent rust and corrosion. Preventing the development of rust not only helps preserve your fence’s attractive finish but is also a safety feature; you don’t want to be held responsible for medical bills should anyone cut themselves on a rusty fence part and wind up needing a tetanus shot!
  • Easy Installation: Integrating tension bars into an existing or new chain link fence is a straightforward process. They are threaded through the end bands and the edge of your chain link fabric, making installation relatively quick and hassle-free.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Chain link fences with tension bars tend to have neater appearances, as they maintain a consistent and taut surface. This can enhance the curb appeal of the property and create a more polished look compared to fences without tension bars that might exhibit sagging or uneven sections.
  • Versatility: Tension bars can be utilized in various fence designs and configurations, including both standard fences and those with added features like privacy slats or windscreens. This versatility ensures that the benefits of tension bars can be enjoyed across a wide range of fencing applications.

In conclusion, tension bars are a relatively simple yet highly effective enhancement for chain link fences. They provide added strength, stability, and longevity to the fence, ensuring it withstands the test of time and external elements. Whether it's for a residential backyard, a commercial property, or an industrial site, tension bars offer a cost-effective solution to enhance the performance and aesthetics of chain link fences. So, if you're looking to fortify your fence against the challenges of nature and time, consider the enduring benefits of tension bars.