You know a chain link fence is only as strong as its weakest link. The same applies to a chain-link fence. All steel fittings such as bands, tension bars, nuts and bolts, and gate hardware must be hot-dip galvanized to prevent corrosion with similar coatings as with the framework and fabric. Some items such as rail ends and eye tops are made from die-cast aluminum as well as galvanized steel.
Gate hardware is very important since it affects the operation of the only moving part of the fence. The pintel in the post hinge and receiver of the gate frame hinge must be perfectly round so the gate hangs correctly and doesn't sag. Tie wires should be made from aluminum or galvanized steel. Fittings must be designed for attractive form, good fit, and sound functioning.
While there are ASTM specifications on fittings, this area has not been as fully addressed by the industry, as it needs to be. The result is that there are a lot of what I consider sub-standard fittings in the marketplace. Your best assurance is to look for a full system warranty from a reputable manufacturer. One small part rusting can cause unsightly staining on large areas of your fence.
Your gate should match your fence
For consistency, the fabric and framework of your gate should be the same as that in your fence. For example, if you choose 11-gauge fabric and 16-gauge framework for your fence, you should make the gate from the same materials.
Putting a fence up is easy by using our generous range of fencing accessories detailed below. Add all of the accessories you may need to your basket - fork latch, post hinge, aluminum bullet cap, post cap, easy-fit fence base, brace band, frame hinge, tension band, and hinge. Remember that by using accessories that are fit for the purpose you are assured of the best products for the job in hand. If you need advice regarding the fencing accessories then do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email from our Contact Us page.