How To Choose The Right Material To Cover Up Your Chain Link Fence

Chain link is a popular choice for fencing because of its convenience, sturdiness, and relatively low cost, but it doesn't offer much privacy and can be a bit of an eyesore if it's not your style. While installing an entirely new fence may be tempting, a properly installed chain link is very difficult to remove. Posts are buried several inches deep and set with concrete to stabilize everything, via Home Depot. That's great if you're looking for a sturdy barrier, but it can cause a hangup or two when it comes to removal.

Luckily, if you're considering renovating your outdoor space, there are options for revamping your existing fencing without completely replacing it. Simple upgrades like screens and slats can give you a new look without any major construction projects and are cheaper than undergoing a full new fence installation. Get back to enjoying your backyard and your privacy with these easy-covering solutions.


Chain link slats are the most common choice for chain link upgrades, and it's clear why. These slats work with the links on your fence, so installation is simple and doesn't require additional materials, via Allegheny Fence. Just weave the pieces through the links, and viola, a backyard refresh in no time. Fence slats have to come in a flexible material, so they're easy to install, but that provides the added benefit of durability. They're most commonly made from plastic but also come in aluminum, making them water, sun, and heat-resistant. If you run into damage, replace the individual slat instead of the whole fence.

The downside? They're not as private as other options and don't completely cover the chain link. Because of how they're installed, the fence still contains small gaps and exposed chains. They're a simple and durable upgrade, but if you're looking for a complete overhaul on the chain-link look, they may not be the best option.


Screens offer a more full-coverage option for your existing chain link fence and come in a variety of materials so you can customize your look, per FenceCorp. The most common type is a mesh material that blocks the sun but still allows airflow, but there are also wood, bamboo, and reed options for a more natural look. Installation is pretty intuitive; attach to the links on the fence with either zip ties or materials included in the kit, and enjoy the new look. This option offers more privacy and a quick and easy fix, but the commonly used natural materials are far less durable than the plastic or aluminum that slats are made out of.

Before going full steam ahead and breaking out the power saw, consider a more straightforward fix for your fences. Covering your chain link fence doesn't have to be a hassle, but the choice of material all comes down to personal taste and requirements for durability.