The Components of Chain-Link Fencing

Are you thinking about getting a chain link fence installed on your property? This guide explains the components that make up a chain-link fence.

Terminal Posts

The terminal posts are going to be installed on corners and where gates are placed. They are the posts that take on more weight than the rest of the posts used in the fence and will be wider than other posts as a result. If you are fencing off an area with four sides and one entrance gate, you'll need at least six terminal posts to get the job done correctly.

Top Rails

The top rail is going to run along the top of each section of the chain-link material. This is the thinnest post used in the construction of a chain-link fence. This rail gives the fencing material the support it needs so that it is not too flexible. This means the chain-link material will not bend inward or outward and instead will be alighted straight up. The top rail connects to each terminal post so that it has plenty of strength, and will rest on top of the line posts.

Line Posts

A line post is placed between terminal posts and is designed to support the chain-link material. This is going to be slightly thicker than the top rail. These posts do not support as much weight as the terminal posts, so they are thinner due to the job that they perform. The length of the line posts is also going to be shorter than the terminal posts since they support the top rail.

Loop Caps

Each line post will have a loop cap placed on top of it, which is a cap designed for the top rail to fit through it. This prevents the top rail from moving around and gives the fence additional support. 

Brace Bands and Tension Bands

Multiple brace bands will be used on the terminal posts to hold the other components in place, such as the top rail. Brace brands are designed to be stronger than other tension bands since they support more weight.

Tension bands are placed around the terminal posts and line posts. These tension bands are important because they hold the chain-link material to the fence and prevent it from becoming loose. 

To learn more about chain-link fencing or to have one installed around your property, reach out to a fencing company near you today.