Chainwire Fencing FAQ

Chainwire Fencing FAQ

So, you’re interested in installing Chainwire fencing for your property? It can be daunting and confusing at first to understand if it is the best solution for your needs, but we’ll be answering some frequently asked questions to assist in your decision.

What is Chainwire fencing

What is Chainwire fencing?

A chain-link fence (also known as chain-link fencing, wire netting or diamond-mesh fence) is a type of interwoven fence made of galvanized steel or LLDPE-coated wire (linear low-density polythene). A diamond pattern is created by bending the wires and can come in various sizes, usually between three feet and twelve feet.

What is the gauge of the wire

What is the gauge of the wire?

The gauge of the wire is the thickness (or diameter) of the galvanized steel or LLDPE coated wire used in fencing. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire.

A lower gauged number (6 or 10 gauge) would be suitable for higher security needs like commercial venues or animal enclosures. Whereas a higher gauged number (11 or 12 gauge) would be best for temporary purposes or lightweight animal enclosures (chickens, rabbits, birds, etc.)

The most common gauges used are:

  • 6 gauge (4.11mm)
  • 10 gauge (3.25mm)
  • 12 gauge (2.64mm)
  • 14 gauge (2.03mm)
  • Gauge sizes go all the way up to 22 gauge (0.71mm).
What is the ‘selvage’

What is the ‘selvage’?

The selvage is the way the top of the Chainwire fence is secured. Typically, the excess wire will be woven together using the “Knuckle” or “Barbed” methods. The Knuckle method is safer since there are no pointy edges to get hurt on. Although if you need higher security, the ‘Barbed’ method can be used to deter intruders since the top will be sharp.

What are the different Chainwire coating options?

The coating is essential to ensure that your fence doesn’t corrode too quickly and has the best life expectancy. The coating options for your fence are: Galvanising, powder coating, zinc-aluminium, ZA + powder coating and stainless steel. We have given a brief run down below, but you can also read more about coating options by clicking here.


Available in three different types, standard, medium and heavy. Galvanising is commonly used on farms, orchards, and vines due to its flexibility.

Powder Coating

Plastic coating comes in three different types, Polyethylene (PE), Polyurethane (PUR) and Polyvinyl (PVC). Unlike galvanising, powder coating can be customized in colour and is more uniform. Most used around pools, coastal attractions, and water gardening.

Zinc Aluminium

Just like galvanising, this option also comes in standard, medium and heavy. Zinc-Aluminium is superior when it comes to corrosion resistance since the zinc is defending the steel from air and moisture.

Zinc Aluminium + Powder

Further defends the steel by combining two methods. Most used in industrial spaces where chemicals or corrosive elements are around but can also be used by pools and coastal attractions.

Stainless Steel

Commonly used in areas with extreme weather conditions, this type of Chainwire has the longest life expectancy, but is naturally more costly than the others on this list.

How much maintenance does Chainwire fencing need?

Thankfully, Chainwire fencing needs very little maintenance other than cleaning. To clean your fence, all you need is a wire brush with a strong household detergent and warm water.  You can also polish it with some wax for further protection from dirt and grim.

It’s also important to ensure there is no debris such as tree roots, tree branches and rocks that can disrupt the integrity of your fence otherwise the foundation will get damaged and need repair. Read more about Chainwire fence maintenance here.

Is Chainwire fencing a good choice for animal enclosures

Is Chainwire fencing a good choice for animal enclosures?

Chainwire is commonly used for keeping your animals in and unwanted animals out! From zoos to farms to household pets, a Chainwire fence is a great option due to its customization, resilience, and safety.

As mentioned earlier, you can choose different gauge sizes for different types of animals. For small animals such as chickens, rabbits, and birds, a smaller gauge may be all you need but to protect them from unwanted wildlife it is recommended to go with a 6 or 10 gauged Chainwire fence.

Another attractive feature for animal owners is that the use of PVC coating can prevent the animal from digging under the fence and it is designed to keep rodents out.

Can Chainwire fencing be customised

Can Chainwire fencing be customised?

There can be quite a lot of customization added to your Chainwire fence! You can change the thickness (gauge), height, colour, and depth. You can even add more security features such as a razor-wire/rolled bar to the top of the fence or adding Chainwire to the top of a brick/concrete wall. There is a Chainwire fence to suit almost every need.

Contact Chainwire Fencing Specialist for all your fencing questions, queries and needs

At Chainwire Fencing Specialist, we have more than 20 years of experience in Australia and can offer you the best solutions for your business. We can assist you in finding the right fencing for your needs in Newcastle.

To learn more about Chainwire fences and how we can assist you with installing them, send us an online message by clicking here or visit us at Alternatively, please feel free to call us on (02) 4023 5416. You can rely on the Chainwire fence specialists in your area to get the job done properly so that it lasts a generation.


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