How Much Does A Fence Cost?
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Whether a piece of property consists of a small home and a tiny garden or a sprawling house and a giant backyard, adding in a fence brings with it a number of benefits. While there are dozens of different types of fencing options to choose from, a 6-foot privacy fence is often the preferred type. See the advantages of privacy fencing, the costs of materials and installation and the various types of privacy fencing that are available.
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Table of Contents
- Privacy Fence Cost
- Privacy Fencing Cost Factors
- Advantages Of Privacy Fencing
- Disadvantages Of Privacy Fencing
- Material Costs Of Privacy Fencing
- Wood Vs. Chain Link Privacy Fences
- Costs Of Professionally Installing Privacy Fencing
- Variations On The Traditional 6-Foot Privacy Fence
- How To Install A Privacy Fence
- Find A Pro
- Average minimum cost of a 6-foot privacy fence (materials): $7 per linear foot
- Average maximum cost of a 6-foot privacy fence (materials): $15 per linear foot
- Average minimum cost of a 6-foot privacy fence (installation): $3 per linear foot
- Average maximum cost of a 6-foot privacy fence (installation): $13 per linear foot
A majority of the costs will come from materials. However, since many homeowners opt for hiring the pro, do not ignore installation costs as well. Installing a fence is not a quick or easy project. It take organization, strength and design expertise to get it done right. Luckily, we have listed all the steps to install a fence without professional contractor below.
Privacy Fencing Cost Factors
All privacy fences were not made the same. As such, certain factors may increase or decrease your overall privacy fence cost. As you determine the right type of privacy fence for your home, bear in mind the following cost considerations:
As you will read later on, there are three main types of privacy fences: Wood, chain link and vinyl. Of course, all three come with different price points.
Chain link will be the most affordable, but as you can imagine, offers the least amount of privacy (after all, you can see through the chain links). Wood, on the other hand, is very popular for residential privacy fences, but of course, comes with the biggest price point.
- Chain Link Fencing: $5 - $35 per linear foot
- Vinyl Fencing: $15 - $30 per linear foot
- Wood Fencing: $3 - $75 per linear foot
Bear in mind, while it is more expensive to hire a pro, they sometimes receive discounts on bulk materials. Their overall charge will offset the discount, but it’s a fact to know in case you have any contracting friends.
If you currently have a fence, you don’t have to worry about permits. If you don’t, call your local municipality to see if a permit is required. While they rarely do, fencing permits can cost as much as $800
If you do not have a fence, the utility lines underground must be marked before any installation takes places. If lines are not marked, you could cut the electricity, which can lead to a costly repair.
An easy way to find your utility lines is to call 811 or your local utility company. Once requested, they should send someone out to mark the underground lines, pipes and cables.
As you might expect, it’s not easy to install a fence on sloped land. You or your fencing pro has to dig, plant, pour and balance the fence on a small angle. All in all, it demands more of the installer and as such, fencing pros charge more to install a fence on a sloped parcel than they would on a flat surface.
Sadly, some of us must abide by HOA rules and regulations. Once again, if you have a current fence, this probably won’t apply to you. However, if you’re installing a new fence or changing the fence material, check your HOA. You must note what colors are allowed, where it can be placed and most likely, a few other regulations specific to your HOA. Finally, depending on the HOA, certain fees may apply to your fence installation.
Finally, labor will undoubtedly affect your bottom line. Installing a fence on your own could take weeks to finish, especially if you’re working with a larger yard. Conversely, a fencing company may send three or four workers who can complete the job in less than two days. Everyone is entitled to an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, but not all fencing companies charge the same rates. That is why we always recommend gathering at least three quotes for every fencing job. You’ll be surprised how wide the price range can be for the exact same project.
Advantages Of Privacy Fencing
Just like the name implies, privacy fences are designed to increase the privacy within a particular area. For that reason, privacy fences are built to be an average of six feet tall, and there is no visibility between the slats. This prevents the average person from seeing into the private space. However, there are more benefits than simply blocking views into the garden or home. Here are some of the many advantages of installing a six-foot privacy fence on a property:
- Blocks noise pollution from nearby parks or cars
- Keeps pets secure and contained in the yard or garden
- Clearly shows children a safe place to play
- Deters small pests from the garden
- Acts as a deterrent for burglars
- Separates one space from a neighboring property
Disadvantages Of Privacy Fencing
While privacy fencing can be a practical addition to any property, there are still some drawbacks that need to be taken into consideration. Price, most obviously, is a big concern for property owners. Since privacy fences require so much more material than smaller fence options, they will cost more overall. The size of these fences also means that they need more maintenance, and that could be a recurring expense or project that homeowners simply don't want to tackle. Finally, privacy fencing may not fit in with the aesthetic design or style of a particular home. Shielding the property from a street view might cut down on its curb appeal, and it could even make the residents looks unwelcoming or unfriendly.
Material Costs Of Privacy Fencing
Before deciding whether a privacy fence is the best option for a property, you should determine the cost and whether it will fit into your budget. While labor is a significant chunk of the total expense, the costs of the materials themselves are a good place to start calculating. Most privacy fences are made from wood, and that will be the biggest expense, materials-wise. Other costs could include metal fasteners, concrete to fill in and secure post holes and any paint or decor that embellishes the fence. On average, the cost of materials alone for a privacy fence will run somewhere between $7 and $15 per linear foot. For more guidance, please refer to all fencing material costs below
- Aluminum Fencing: $2,700 - $4,000
- Bamboo Fencing: $3 - $5 per linear foot
- Board On Board Fencing: $11 - $23 per panel
- Board On Board Wood Fencing: $10 - $15 per linear foot
- Cedar Fencing: $1 - $8 per plank
- Cedar Picket Fencing: $10 per linear foot
- Chain Link Fencing: $5 - $35 per linear foot
- Cyclone Fencing: $9 - $30 per foot
- Electric Fencing: $16 - $56 per foot
- Glass Fencing: $88 - $149 per linear foot
- Glass Pool Fencing: $300 - $550 per linear foot
- Horse Fencing: $1 - $2 per foot
- Masonry Fencing: $5 - $89 per block
- Panel Fencing: $30 - $100 per panel
- Plastic PVC Fencing: $9 - $20 per foot
- Pool Fencing: $5,000 - $15,000
- Ranch Fencing: $7 - $16 per linear foot
- Redwood Fencing: $14 - $41 per foot
- Redwood Picket Fencing: $6 - $18 per linear foot
- Retaining Wall: $15 - $25 per foot
- Shadowbox Fencing: $1,100 - $1,800
- Split Rail Fencing: $10 - $30 per linear foot
- Stockade Fencing: $11 - $20 per linear foot
- Vinyl Chain Link Fencing: $12 - $18 per linear foot
- Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fencing: $12 - $19 per foot
- Vinyl Fencing: $15 - $30 per linear foot
- Wood Fencing: $3 - $75 per linear foot
- Wood Picket Fencing: $11 - $14 per linear foot
- Wrought Iron Fencing: $25 - $30 per linear foot
- 4-Foot Chain Link Fencing: $5 - $40 per linear foot
- 6-Foot Chain Link Fencing: $16 - $22 per linear foot
Wood Vs. Chain Link Fencing
As we said earlier, there are three major types of fencing materials on the market: vinyl, wood and chain link mesh. However, chain link and wood have been dominating the market in recent years, so it’s best to take a closer look.
Chain link is the most affordable, but also typically the least attractive. It can be an effective crime deterrent, but it is rarely used in residential homes because of its stark, spare look. Nonetheless, chain link fencing is easier to install and requires much less maintenance than wood fencing. Finally, chain link fencing tends to be more durable than wood fences.
Wooden fences are by far the most popular option when it comes to a 6-foot privacy fences. Wood is naturally attractive, and there are several ways that a privacy fence from wood can be customized to better suit its environment. While wooden fences can last up to 20 years, they do tend to be the most expensive option, and the price will be at the very top of the price range listed above.
For a deeper comparison, please see Wood Fence Vs. Chain Link Fence.
Costs Of Professionally Installing Privacy Fencing
Homeowners with minimal DIY experience can install a fence on their own. However, even with all of the materials on hand, it’s a big challenge to install a privacy fence. Homeowners without the right tools and skills might be overwhelmed by the process, which could involve everything from digging post holes, mixing concrete, cutting wood planks or using a pneumatic nailer.
Nonetheless, if you’re trying to save money, we recommend giving it a go on your own. Fencing professionals can handle this job with ease and it will take them an average of 15 hours to put up 100 linear feet of fencing. While the specific costs of this job can vary depending on the intricacy of the design and the speed that it needs to be completed, it tends to be as low as $3 per linear foot all the way up to $13 per linear foot of fence. Given the installation price range, we always recommend collecting at least three fencing quotes from local pros. This is the only way to find the best and most accurate deal in town.
Variations On The Traditional 6-Foot Privacy Fence
The standard 6-foot privacy fence is constructed with planks lined up and attached vertically with a flat surface at the top as well as squared posts. However, plenty of options exist to mix up this look and create something more elegant or even more secure, whatever your preference may be. Here are a few of the more common privacy fence variations and how to implement each:
- Stockade: Jagged top edge that discourages climbing
- Estate Plank: Horizontal planks at the top to give a more upscale look
- Lock Board: Extra horizontal framing for design purposes
- Lattice Top: Criss-cross design across the top of the fence
- Convex: Curved top or rolling wave look
Clearly, there are pros and cons to installing a 6-foot privacy fence as well as plenty of variations on the traditional design. With costs in mind, you can determine which option is best for the home's style and budget.
How To Install A Privacy Fence
There are many factors that go into fence installation. After taking all above into consideration, you need a step-by-step guide to make your dream fence a reality. If you follow each and every stage below, you end up with a fence you can be proud of.
- Prepare: Determine the type of fence you want, gather permits and outline where you’d like the fence to be located.
- Call Utility Company: Have them mark underground lines to avoid an expensive electricity repair bill
- Add Post Holes: Buy a post hole digger and dig approximately two feet deep.
- Make Sure Posts are Even: It will not be easy to change once the fence is installed.
- Build Your Fence: This step will largely depend on the type of fence you choose. Refer to the instructions for proper building.
- Add Concrete Around Post Holes: The posts need permanence and concrete does just that. Make sure everything is even and you’re done.
For a more detailed list, please see How to Install A Fence.
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Our privacy is a valuable commodity and as such, more and more homeowners are installing 6-foot privacy fences to deter burglars, mark designated lines for children and pets and perhaps most importantly, ensure what happens in the house stays in the house.
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Last updated on May 22, 2017