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How to change the look of chain link fence?

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How to change the look of chain link fence?

So, Im looking for ideas about how to revive/refresh the look of my backyard fence. 2 sides (right and back) are chain link, 4 feet high, while the left side has a wood fence (that will need some repairs anyways).. so, speaking with a friend he showed me pictures of a chain link fence that had lattice panels attached to it, to save costs and improve the look. I never thought or heard of that before.
Any suggestions?
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You can get plastic strips, called slats, that you weave into the chain link to provide privacy.
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Interesting.. never seen this before. A quick google search showed some interesting style, including one that imitates a hedge...

Only problem with this is the fact the fence is kind of low, at 4 feet high only... These slats would not add any height, but would help i,prove the look anyways.
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Do you like grapes or kiwi fruit? My suggestion is to grow either or both of the fruit species. Within a couple of years the vines would cover the fence itself and you will have a bonus fruit crop. As for Kiwi you have to grow the 'Arctic" variety and have at least one male plant for every 4 female plants, incidentally the Kiwi is very aromatic when in bloom.
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Plant a cedar hedge, they can grow 20ft plus
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True, being 4 ft it wouldn't really be private, with screening or not. It would hide whatever some of what might be placed near the fences.

This particular outfit is in Ottawa but it looks as though the height can be extended. They only show 1' extension here but check with a local fence supplier, maybe they can provide 2' if you're interested in that. I would think DIY would be pretty straightforward.

http://www.fenceall.com/chain-link-fenc ... -existing/
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Thanks folks. Growing fruits/etc will not work as we are busy people and dont really have the time to trim/cut/etc those things. The height of the fence does not bother me really, it is the look that bothers me, since it looks old and "cheap".
Im trying to find a local dealer that sells those slats, but so far.. nothing.
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Those slats will change the look of your fence, but I'm not sure they will improve it. Depends what you like, of course.
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Rona in your area has it

http://www.rona.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/se ... &langId=-1


valuemortgage wrote: Thanks folks. Growing fruits/etc will not work as we are busy people and dont really have the time to trim/cut/etc those things. The height of the fence does not bother me really, it is the look that bothers me, since it looks old and "cheap".
Im trying to find a local dealer that sells those slats, but so far.. nothing.
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OT but I hate neighbors who insist they want chain link fence because it is cheaper.
Makes the place look like a prison or some ghetto.
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blackn54 wrote: OT but I hate neighbors who insist they want chain link fence because it is cheaper.
Makes the place look like a prison or some ghetto.
Not when done nicely with plants, shrubs and trees. Wood can look equally as bad or worse.
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wronguy wrote: Plant a cedar hedge, they can grow 20ft plus
Agree. When the cedars grow and dense enough , you won't see the metal fences much.
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blackn54 wrote: OT but I hate neighbors who insist they want chain link fence because it is cheaper.
Makes the place look like a prison or some ghetto.
The worst case I have seen is that a home owner put wrought iron on the entrance of their front porch and every single window. The home looks like a heavily guard prison lol
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Yes, lattice panel would definitely help to improve the look of your fence. You can also paint your chain-link fencing, which is a quick and affordable method to enhance its appearance.

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