There are many reasons why Montana home and business owners choose chain link fences for their outdoor spaces, including durability, maintenance, functionality, and affordable cost. But not all chain link fence materials are created equal, especially when it comes to looks. Often, we think of chain link fences as having an industrial or commercial quality. Picture traditional silver-colored fencing that surrounds many dog parks, softball fields, public swimming pools, and industrial lots. Today, we have a beautiful new option that combines all the reliable features that chain link fences are known for with an attractive aesthetic. Enter the black chain link fence.
Stunning Design: Black Chain Link Fencing
Color-coated chain link fences play double duty in the looks department. Black fences make for an aesthetic that’s both sleek and striking. Depending on where you install your fence and the background of buildings, landscape, and other features, black fences both draw the eye in an attractive way and blend into the surrounding landscape. Basically, a passerby may not see it at first glance, but when they do, they notice how good it looks!
That balance is possible because of both color theory and landscaping style trends. Black is a modern yet classic look that carries a certain elegance to it. Here’s a quick history lesson as to why black fencing looks so good: black chain link fencing calls to mind the timelessness of wrought iron fencing, a fencing material that first came into use in the 15th century and rose in popularity in the 1700-1800s. This trend continued through the mid-19th-century Victorian era, around the time ornamental iron made its way across the Atlantic to the US with immigrant ironsmiths. Black chain link fencing speaks to our appreciation for that timeless look and feel, which makes it feel more elegant than uncoated silver or galvanized chain link fence materials.
Benefits of Black Chain Link Fencing
Black chain link fencing is a great all-around choice. It’s an excellent choice for yards, gardens, or commercial spaces where children and pets might need to be kept safe and secure. It’s also helpful for fencing in swimming pools or establishing property lines. Some city codes or HOAs may also designate the usage of non-silver colored chain link fencing, making black a great option.
The functional, practical benefits of black chain link fencing materials have to do with their durability and low-maintenance features, as well as their relatively simple installation and affordability.
2. Subtle Elegance
Another benefit of black fencing—chain link in particular—is its subtleness. Black absorbs light rather than reflecting it, which means that black materials blend into the surrounding environment. In wooded or shady spaces, black chain link fencing almost seems to disappear. In yards, open fields, or against light-colored backgrounds, a black fence line creates a strong visual balance with that timeless style we all love. Additionally, its “open” design lets the light through, meaning better visibility and more direct sunlight. This makes a big difference during long winter months with lots of low-angle lighting.
Chain link is strong—there’s no doubt about that. Ideal for high-use areas, pets, kids, or commercial spaces, this type of fencing material is made of individual strands of aluminum or steel wire woven together in a diamond pattern that forms a mesh known as “fabric.” Chain link fencing—especially the high-quality, vinyl-coated materials that our team sells and installs—has a longer lifespan (up to multiple decades) with much less upkeep than fences made from wood or other materials.
When the Montana wind blows, chain link fencing lets wind through its mesh fabric — making it far more resilient to wind damage than other materials, as it won’t be tugged at by air currents that might create bending or warping in the foundation or fence itself.
4. Low Maintenance
While wood fences are susceptible to water damage, rot, or fading, chain link is highly rust-resistant, requiring no maintenance with restaining or treatments. Chain link is known for its strength, but should your chain link fence become damaged—say, by an adventurous dog—repairs are simple, easy, and affordable. Plus, replacement materials will be a perfect color match for the rest of your fence, so repair work will be essentially invisible.
5. Simple Installation
Fencing companies and homeowners alike love black chain link because it is relatively easy and fast to install. Whether you are fencing off a section of your property, or an entire yard, there are many different heights, gate features, and other options available in black chain link materials. We recommend considering the terrain you’ll be fencing (as well as your purposes for the fence) to determine both the material that’s right for you and the height of your new or replacement fence. For example, while black chain link sits beautifully across rolling terrain, it is not necessarily the best material for very steep inclines or other difficult, intricate landscape features.
Request Your Free Fence Estimate with Montana Fence
With all the benefits of black chain link fencing, we are big fans of this fencing option. Ultimately, we want to help you sort through all the possibilities and choose the perfect fence for your unique project needs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for a free fence estimate—let’s bring your vision to life!