Aluminum Fencing Cost
One of the most basic and attractive fencing types is aluminum. While it does not provide the amount of security many homeowners look for in a fence, it’s relatively maintenance free and can essentially look like any other fencing type. Aluminum fencing costs vary greatly on the quality of fence you want. Use the below guide as a reference point before you buy the materials for an aluminum fence.
- The cost of materials for an aluminum fence is about $3,600.
- For a small, low-durability aluminum fence, homeowners should expect to spend around $2,700.
- For a maximum-durability aluminum fence of average size, the price is estimated to be around $4,000.
- Total costs with installation included average $3,900.
Of course, prices can vary based on a number of factors. Some factors that can affect the cost of an aluminum fence include:
- Total square footage of the fence
- Shape of the fence
- Durability of the materials used
- Time of year in which the fence is installed
Aluminum Fence Square Footage
In order to determine how much square footage of fencing will be needed, homeowners should begin by measuring the length and width of their yards. By multiplying the length times the width of a square- or rectangular-shaped yard, it is possible to determine the total square footage.
From there, the length of each side of the yard that needs to be fenced in should be equivalent to the total amount of fencing that will need to be purchased. Of course, if a neighbor already has a fence line on the border of one's property, this can save homeowners a significant amount of money by making it possible for them to only fence in three or even fewer sides of their yards. Homeowners should keep in mind that neighbors could tear down the fence at any point and expose a space between the two yards, so most homeowners opt to have the space fenced in anyway.
The size of the yard can greatly impact the overall price of the aluminum fence. After all, the larger the yard, the more materials used and the longer the installation will take. Some homeowners with very large yards opt to fence in a smaller portion of it to save money; this is especially true of dog or other outdoor pet owners who want to keep their animals from escaping and do not necessarily need the fence to extend the entire perimeter of the yard.
Shape of the Aluminum Fence
The shape of the fence can also impact the overall price because with each bend or turn in the fence line, it will be necessary to plant a corner post. Aluminum corner posts tend to be more expensive than the actual fencing itself, so the more jagged the lines, the more corner posts must be used. This results in a higher price. Homeowners who want to save money but have abnormally shaped property lines may want to consider having a basic square or rectangular fence installed, rather than having the fence follow the property line carefully.
Slopes in one's property are yet another aspect that can affect the overall price of the fence. Sloping can make it more difficult to install the fence and may also require the use of aluminum fencing panels of various heights. Properties with more hills and slopes are often slightly more expensive when it comes to installing aluminum fencing than flat properties are.
Aluminum is generally a strong, lightweight material. This is what makes it such a great choice when it comes to fencing. At the same time, however, not all aluminum is the same in terms of strength and durability. Aluminum can vary by:
For example, thinner aluminum rods will not be quite as strong and long-lasting as a fence pole with a thicker aluminum rod, but they will also be significantly cheaper in cost. Homeowners should carefully consider just how strong of a fence they would like to have in their yards in order to determine which type of aluminum fencing is right for them. Those who have pets like large dogs who may attempt to jump over the fence or dig underneath it may be better served by a more heavy, durable fence. The same goes for those who live in areas where severe weather is common.
On the other hand, those who simply need a decently strong fence to withstand everyday use can get away with average-thickness aluminum fencing and save a little bit of money in the process.
Time of Year
While the cost of fencing materials is generally the same throughout the year, aluminum costs can fluctuate slightly over time.
- Installation, on the other hand, often costs more during colder months of the year than it does in the hotter months. This is because the ground is more difficult to dig holes in while it is cold or frozen.
- Homeowners who want to save the most money possible on their fence installation should consider having it done during the spring or summer as opposed to the fall or winter.
- Regional pricing variations can also affect the total cost of an aluminum fence. The prices in California, for example, could be higher than having a similar fence installed in New Jersey.
Homeowners looking to have an aluminum fence installed in the near future should always shop around to find the best deal on materials and labor. Getting quotes from a few different fencing companies is always a wise decision; this allows homeowners to compare pricing and find out which option will be best for them.
Furthermore, homeowners can save money by having just a small area of their yards fenced in as opposed to fencing the entire property. This results in buying less material, which can save 50 percent or more on the total cost.
Overall, aluminum is a popular option when it comes to property fencing because it is relatively affordable, very durable and can come in a variety of designs to lend an aesthetically pleasing look to any home. The key is knowing what to expect ahead of time in terms of budget for the best results.
Last updated on May 4, 2016
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