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What is the Average Fence Installation Cost?

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.

National Install a Fence Costs

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National Install a Fence Costs
Average reported cost $2,401
Number of Cost Profiles 10944 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $5,139
Most homeowners spent between: $1,733 to $2,680

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If installing the fence won't be a DIY project, general contractors and fencing specialists should be hired. When you've decided on the type of fencing, the professionals can give you a free estimate on what the total costs will be ahead of time.

Chain link is the cheapest to purchase and easiest to install. If you choose a wooden fence, the costs of labor and materials will be more, but with a few benefits over using chain link. Lumber can prove to be very costly to purchase, install, and finish with either paint or stain, but it certainly provides increased security and privacy. Available in many different heights, you should consider your individual needs before purchasing materials. Higher fences will not only take longer to install but also require much more time-consuming work. The materials are heavier and more difficult to work with.

Employing the use of a chain link fence will be infinitely less expensive and can afford similar security, but it does not carry with it the sense of privacy that a wooden fence provides. 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. This is a scenario where a fencing company should be called. These experienced professionals will leave you with the least labor costs possible in the least amount of time.

Chain link fencing comes in prefabricated sections that are interlocked with galvanized steel fence posts. Although the posts must be concreted into the ground, they are much easier to install than wood and last much longer as well. Chain link fencing generally comes in many different lengths and sizes for any application. It is also the preferred application on many construction sites because it can be easily removed and repaired.

Last updated on May 24, 2016

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