Sports Fencing FAQ

What types of fence are used for recreational purposes?
This really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Chain link fence has been the standard for years for ball fields and continues to be so today; it is highly durable, functional, and cost effective solution for most applications. Its use on ball fields is unparalleled because of its durable nature. Chain link continues to be the mainstay for tennis courts. The size of the mesh between the wires is typically less than that used on ball fields to prevent tennis balls from passing through the mesh.  We recommend the use of a GBW chain link fabric for its smooth texture, making it less for athletes to cut themselves when they come in contact with the material.

The chain link framework will support the windscreen that is frequently installed around tennis courts and outfield fencing. The Chain Link Fence Manufactures Institute, CLFMI, provides an excellent tool in selecting the appropriate post diameter and wall thickness for your application.  This tool takes into consideration site obstructions, soil conditions, typical wind loads, density of material, height and weight of chain link fabric.  Through a user friendly formula, you can easily determine the appropriate post and post spacing. The use of this selection tool is critical in designing backstops.  By nature, backstops are very tall and formed in a cupping pattern, capturing the wind.

A more attractive alternative to the traditional galvanized is the vinyl-coated version. The vinyl coated chain link places a colored vinyl coating over the galvanized chain link giving the chain link the “color”. There are a number of choices: black, brown, dark green, and light green.

 

What other types of fence are appropriate for recreational use?
There are types of fencing other than chain link that have recreational applications. The most common example is around swimming pools. PVC vinyl fence and ornamental fencing are used around swimming pools to provide security and as well as creating an aesthetic appearance. BOCA code requires a minimum of a 4” gap located anywhere along the fence with a minimum height of 6’ tall for public swimming pools.

Another popular choice is woven and welded wire mesh systems.  No longer just for agriculture, welded wire mesh systems use a heavy gauge horizontal and vertical wire, creating small rectangular shapes.  The systems are generally panelized to be set between square posts with the use of boulevard brackets.  They are then powder coated a variety of colors. This application is more aesthetic over chain link.  Popular with swimming pools and aquatic centers; welded wire mesh systems provide very small opening that do not allow people to easily climb over or pass through debris.

There are many styles to choose from allowing the customer to customize their fence to their particular personal style. Care should be taken to ensure that the style that you choose will meet swimming pool code requirements in your area. A quality fence contractor will help you select a style that conforms to city code.