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What is the least imposing colour of chain-link fencing?

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Posted by: from Montreal
6/13/2015 at 3:32:01 PM

My urban backyard is 22'x 40'. It's a no-grass natural garden look, lush with plant life. We are having a 5' high Frost chain-link fence installed on one side, soon. An easy choice, as I find chain link the least imposing. I must make the decision concerning a colour, or if I want colour at all. Most people think green, but I imagine green would stand out too much, and clash with the natural looking wonder I've been able to create. Then of course, there is winter for a gazillion months.

My thoughts are towards black, thinking it would appear more invisible, save in winter.

This fence is not a privacy fence, more of a 'keep the dog in fence.

In your experience, which colour is least imposing/noticeable? Not requiring any maintenance for eons, is important.

The colours would be between black green or brown(taupe), or the steel gray, typical in Frost fencing.

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Date/Time6/13/2015 at 6:27:23 PM

My personal opinion is black with green next. Brown and galvinized are the most visible all the time.

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time6/13/2015 at 7:12:57 PM

I believe black is your best choice.

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Date/Time6/13/2015 at 7:28:22 PM

Pink. Dogs are colour blind. Followed by natural zinc, like schools have.

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Date/Time6/13/2015 at 10:21:55 PM

Hi Pamela,

Based on your criteria, "not a privacy, keep a dog in, least imposing", you should definitely consider an invisible fence. It is a buried wire that transmits to a dog collar and sends a reminder to the dog not to cross the boundary. You should Google it to see if it meets your needs.

Chain link in any color looks very institutional to me.

Good luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman

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Date/Time6/14/2015 at 9:51:55 AM

I agree with Jim from Kettleby regarding the invisible fence, Pamela. Might be worth the extra money if you don't want to see a fence. But if that's not an option, black is always a classy colour and especially with garden fences. It's a wonderful backdrop to the greenery of your plants and makes them standout.

If you can't hide things, then it's better to incorporate them into the design.

Hope this helps, Pamela.

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Ken from KBM EarthWorx in Irricana
Date/Time6/14/2015 at 9:55:45 AM

I agree with Jim. My neighbors have it and I believe you can install it yourself. It is truly invisible.

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Pamela in Montreal
Date/Time6/14/2015 at 10:53:09 AM

James and Mark, you've definitely narrowed it down for me. Great! Thanks so much!

Jim, 'I' love the idea of an invisible fence, but the neighbours would never go for it, having a short term rental property. I agree that it can be institutional looking, but at 5'high, with sporadically placed climbers and such, hoping it'll nip that. Thanks very much for your input!

Mick, My dog might be colour blind...lol.

The natural zinc is still a consideration. Thank you!

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Pamela in Montreal
Date/Time6/14/2015 at 11:33:48 AM

Mike, yes, exactly what I'm thinking, and thought at the beginning of all of this. It definitely won't be in an open space with grass. We(me and all neighbours), have lush, natural looking gardens, some with 100'+ trees, which we all visually share. Will be easy to incorporate the fence into the 'look', while still having good visibility.

Thank you!

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Pamela in Montreal
Date/Time6/14/2015 at 11:38:42 AM

Thanks Ken...great idea, but not an option.

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Date/Time6/14/2015 at 2:49:31 PM

Hi again Pamela,

I'm going to take another swing at this. You sound like you live in an older neighborhood in Montreal.

How about the ever popular white picket fence? They have great character and you can get the pickets (or make them) in any shape you want. A little more work to install and maintain but suits the neighborhood?

Have some fun with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman

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Pamela in Montreal
Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:26:02 AM

Hi Jim,

It's definitely an older neighbourhood. Not the upper side though. Possibly,once Canada's oldest industrial neighbourhood, it is now a mix of 130 yr.+ old row homes, condos, even the original stables for horse drawn carriages, still functioning, on the street behind me. Close to Old Montreal.

We are so tight for timing with this fence, as there are a slew of unsightly trees that must be removed the day before. Neighbours have only allotted 3 days total, and, they want a la cheap! I'd love a white picket, but it just can't happen. As well, I'm alone and can't manage the upkeep of everything. Though, I understand your thoughts on that type of fencing, chain-link is the only option, given the situation.

I really appreciate your advice. Thank you, Jim!

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Date/Time6/18/2015 at 8:24:25 PM

Hi Pamela,

Horse stables in Old Montreal reminds me of Gibbys ,one of my favorite steak houses when I had a company expense account. Yum!

Anyway, if I am being forced to vote for a chain link color, black is it and I hope it goes well for you.

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman

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Pamela in Montreal
Date/Time6/19/2015 at 12:21:54 PM

Hi Jim,

And, Gibby's hasn't changed one iota! Although, they've plenty of competition.

In the end, black is the colour of choice. I've learned that galvanized is twice the price...whew!

Thanks again!!

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