Comparing Windscreening and Slats for Chain Link Fence

If you’ve ever wanted some privacy or wind protection from your chain link fence, you should consider installing a windscreen or some slats. Both provide extra coverage on your chain link fence that can reduce visibility, increase aesthetics and block the wind. This can be beneficial for a range of fences, from small scale fences up to major baseball stadiums’ fencing.

Windscreen Advantages

Windscreens are particularly great for stadiums and sporting enclosures because they come in a wide variety of solid colors and can also be special ordered with pictures, text or logos. A windscreen is mesh fabric you can attach to your chain link fence. This option can be semi-translucent to opaque, providing you with the right amount of privacy.

Windscreen Disadvantages

Windscreens are easier to install than slats, but they also tend to be more temporary. They do not always make good permanent solutions and are most effective in the short-term.

Slat Advantages

Slats are installed in the weave of the chain link fence. This means they take longer to install and are a more permanent fixture. Slats can be made of wood, metal or plastic. They also come in many colors and can be installed in alternating patterns with two or more colors.

Slat Disadvantages

While slats provide a more permanent and in-depth installation and offer better aesthetics, slats are also generally more costly and can’t provide the same customization options as windscreens.


In the end, whether you should choose a windscreen or slats depends on how permanent you would like them to be and what particular qualities you are looking for. Windscreens are easier to install and offer more customization, but are best used as temporary fixtures. Slats have a nicer overall look and are more permanent, but are also more time consuming to install and offer fewer decorative options.

Go to American Fence Rental today to get a free quote on our windscreens and slats.

A red windscreen installed on a chain link fence around an area of construction  White slats woven through a barb wire chain link fence