Either deliberately or not, chain link fences are sometimes employed as retaining devices. Chain link fences are not constructed to retain soil and debris. Accumulated material behind chain link fencing will eventually cause the fence to rotate and fail. Failure can be catastrophic, causing damage to downslope structures and property.
Properly designed and engineered retaining walls are constructed of concrete block or poured concrete and provided with steel reinforcement. Steel-reinforced retaining walls have the greatest potential for long term favorable performance. In hillside areas, retaining walls are normally required to be engineered. The geologist and soils engineer must recommended the design pressure that the wall must support as well as the foundation system to be employed. The structural engineer then uses this information to engineer the wall and provide a set of construction plans to be used by us.
Chain link fence won’t keep prying eyes away. There is an option for putting slats in the chain link to improve privacy, but that isn’t often used and when it is, creates a higher maintenance cost.
Privacy fence panels provide a greater level of seclusion and protection than standard fence systems. While fence wall height is a primary criteria for privacy screen fences, those who have precast concrete screen walls appreciate the related benefits.
Without vinyl coating or California style construction, and given its popularity and use at industrial sites, chain link is considered a generic, more pedestrian fence design. Even with galvanization, chain link fencing and fence posts can be scratched.
AFTEC’s precast concrete walls are vertically cast to allow a designed finish on both sides of the wall. Each wall utilizes our proprietary systems so they can be designed to be aesthetically pleasing and attractive. Design options are limitless both in texture and color. Additionally, many elements can be added to make the wall even more attractive, such as graphics, iron accents, and lights.