Fences can be installed for security, privacy or aesthetics. No matter what the reason is for a fence installation, it is important to consider all material and labor costs that could be associated. The type of fencing materials, area to be fenced and fence height are all considerations when budgeting for this project.
Overview of Fencing Costs
First off, installing a fence can be a DIY project, but I will warn you that it is not the easiest home remodeling job. Hiring a professional is the safer route, but as you probably expect, it is also the costlier one.
You must consider your individual needs before purchasing and choosing a fence. Higher fences will not only take longer to install, but are more expensive. The materials are heavier and more difficult to work with.
Chain link fences are the cheapest to purchase and easiest to install. Made from composed galvanized steel or aluminum wrapped with PVC, these fences not only last a very long time, but are also incredibly easy and quick to install. While a wooden fence offers more privacy and security, the costs of labor and materials will be more.
According to our fence installation cost estimator, the average price to install a fence is $2,388. No matter your preferred type, most homeowners choose a six-foot privacy fence. The average minimum cost to install a six-foot privacy fence is $3 per linear foot, with the maximum coming in at $13 per linear foot.
Security gates, for those looking for extra protection, on average, cost around $5,000. Those of you looking to keep your pets in the yard should look into electric or invisible fences, which come in at $1,070.
What Goes Into the Price of Fence Installation?
Undoubtedly, the biggest cost that comes with fence installation is materials. Whether you go with brick, bamboo, vinyl or any other fencing type, this will take up a large portion of your budget.
Next, if you hire a pro, will be labor. It takes time to install a fence and a pro has a right to charge you a fair price.
Other aspects that can fluctuate the price of your fence installation include:
- Marking utility lines
- Approval from HOA
- Concrete delivery (if needed)
As you can see above, the dominant factor in fence costs is materials. In order to narrow your search, you need to know all the fence types. That is why I presented an overview of each at 9 Types of Fences, but below is an abridged version.
- Wrought Iron
- Chain Link
Fences can be installed for security or aesthetics, but many homeowners install a new fence for privacy. While privacy fencing may not secure your yard or home as much as other fences, they do have a clear set of advantages potential fence installers should know:
- Clearly shows children a safe place to play
- Acts as a deterrent for burglars
- Separates one space from a neighboring property
- Keeps pets secure and contained in the yard or garden
Nonetheless, there are a few disadvantages that come with privacy fencing:
- Generally, more expensive
- More materials
- More maintenance
- Not as pretty
For more info, including material costs and average prices for DIY or fencing professionals, please refer to our six-foot privacy fence material estimator.
How to Save Money on Fence Installation
Undoubtedly, the easiest way to save cash on fence installation is by installing the fence yourself. As I said earlier, it’s not one of the easier DIY projects, but one the average to experienced home remodeler can complete. Beware that without a step-by-step guide, major damage can occur. For example, if you accidently hit a utility line as you dig your post holes, you will have some angry neighbors knocking on your door.
Fear not, as I have laid out all the steps you need as you install your own fence.
Fence costs vary by type, size and function. However, now that you have the ultimate fence installation cost guide, you can make the most logical and appropriate decision for your budget and yard.
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Last updated on Oct 26, 2017