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7 Things You Need to Know About Chain Link Fence Slats

Chain link fence slats are one of the most popular options to add privacy to a chain link fence, but if you ask most people who haven't seen them up close what they are and how they work, they wouldn't know.

We've sold and installed thousands of feet of slats, so we know a few things about them. Here's what you need to know about privacy slats for chain link fence.

1. They Are Rigid

Many years ago, there used to be soft, pliable products that you would weave into your chain link fence like you were making a basket. Modern chain link fence slats are not like that. They're made out of hard, extruded plastic, so they won't tear or flap in the breeze a few years after they've been installed!

2. They're Fade Resistant

Good quality chain link slats are made from UV stabilized PVC, which means they won't fade noticeably, even in direct sunlight, for many years. There may be a little change in color, but your blue or green slats will still be blue or green in five years time!

3. They Clip Into Horizontal Components

Whichever style of chain link slats you choose for your fence, most modern styles of chain link fence slats clip into some sort of horizontal component, whether it's at the top or the bottom of the fence. So you don't have to worry about them slipping through the fence and leaving an unsightly, uneven line.

4. They're Easy to Install

If you thought you had to hire a professional to install chain link fence slats, think again! Slats are very simple to install, by simply slipping them into the "diamond" pattern of your chain link fence. It's time consuming, but anyone can do it - even your kids, when they're bored this summer!

5. There Are Different Privacy Options

Not all chain link fence slats are the same, and the biggest visible difference is the privacy they offer. While they will all be a vast improvement over your plain chain link fence, if you're not sure what's best for your property, be sure to ask us. We're always happy to give you our recommendations.

6. They Do Increase Wind Load

Installing chain link fence slats in a fence does increase the surface area of the fence, which does increase the wind load on the fence. While this isn't a problem for most fences, if your fence is particularly old, and it isn't too stable anymore, it might not be a great idea to add slats until you have installed a new fence.

7. They're Sold In Bags

Privacy slats are sold in bags, and each bag has enough slats to cover ten linear feet of fencing. We always recommend you add one or two extra bags, just in case your measurements are a little off, or you need to replace one or two slats at some time in the future.

All of our privacy slats are also 5% off currently, so if you want to add some privacy to your yard, now is a great time to do it!