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Redwood Picket Fencing Cost Guide

Homeowners wanting to install a fence on their property have several options for the type of wood they can choose. One particularly beautiful option is redwood. This soft wood is both beautiful and durable, and it is naturally resistant to shrinking and decay. Continue reading to see the costs associated with redwood fencing. 

The Costs

  • Minimum Cost: $6 per linear foot

  • Maximum Cost: $18 per linear foot

How Much Does Redwood Picket Fencing Cost?

At $6 to $18 per linear foot, redwood is a very common and affordable fencing option. In addition to the cost of the materials, homeowners will pay installation costs as well, which can run from $316 to $646 per 100 foot section.

The amount that each individual homeowner will spend can vary significantly, based on a number of factors. Some contractors and companies charge more than others for the same services and products because they have different levels of experience and different overheads to pay. Location, time of year and the amount of customization can also significantly affect the project cost as well.

What Options Do Homeowners Have When Choosing Redwood Picket Fencing?

Fences can take on an entirely different look and feel depending on the shape of the picket. Common picket choices include Gothic, French Gothic, Concord, Queen Anne, Dog Ear and Square Top, though homeowners can choose any shape they can think of.

While the process of nailing boards together seems simple, homeowners actually have several choices of how they can have the fence assembled. The fence configurations for homeowners to choose from include window box design, sturdy screen divider, post board and rail, rustic, gabled hillside, craftsman-style, dog eared, grapestake, latticework and basketweave. The style that homeowners choose should be based on personal preference as well as the purpose of the fence.  Homeowners can also choose how their fence boards should be nailed together in an attractive yet durable fashion. Common rail attachments include: mitered, butted, block, toenail, on-edge, notched, metal and dado.

Fences can come in any height a homeowner desires, from a short knee high fence to a tall privacy fence. The purpose of the fence and the amount of privacy required will help homeowners choose the right fence height for them. Front yard fences are often around three feet tall, while backyard fences are often between six and eight feet tall.

Homeowners can also choose the width of their fence boards. Boards most commonly come 3.5 inches wide, 5.5 inches wide or 11.5 inches wide. Homeowners can also have their boards cut to a specific width, but this can increase both waste and expense. The greater the spacing between pickets that a homeowner chooses, the less privacy their fence will give them. While the choice is completely up to homeowners, they should always consider factors such as the amount of privacy, noise reduction or air flow that they need for maximum comfort.

Composite fencing can be more expensive to purchase and install, but it requires less maintenance. Solid wood is cheaper to install, but it does not sag over time. Even without choosing the most expensive or least expensive fence material options, homeowners still have a wide variety of grades to choose from. Homeowners can choose between garden grade wood types including construction heart, construction common, deck heart and merchant heart and architectural grade wood types including clear all heart, B grade and B heart.

Homeowners who choose to have their fence finished can achieve a variety of different looks depending on the finish that they choose. Some options for homeowners to choose from include clear water repellents for a natural look, bleaching or weathering stains for a vintage look, semitransparent stains for a traditional look, and solid body stains and paints for a bolder look that is sure to stand out.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Redwood Picket Fencing?

Fences help define property boundaries, they keep people either in or out of a property, and they discourage people from walking on lawns. They also offer privacy and increased safety, and they help decrease wind, sunlight and noise.

Redwood is naturally highly resistant to shrinking, warping and decay. It is also both durable and beautiful, and it retains its finish well. However, redwood fences might not be the best option for everyone. They do require a significant amount of maintenance as they need to be resealed every year or two, and some homeowners might prefer a more open look instead of seeing a fence all day. Plus, redwood is a soft wood, which means that installation is slightly trickier as the wood is known to split when not handled properly.

How Can Homeowners Save Money on Redwood Picket Fencing?

Homeowners can save money on redwood fencing by shopping around to get the best deals. The cost of both materials and labor can vary widely, so homeowners should be sure to get several quotes for both. Homeowners can pay less for a lower grade of redwood or a contractor with fewer years of experience. However, homeowners should be careful, as cheap projects are more likely to need replacement or repair in the future.

Homeowners can also save money by having their project completed during a contractor’s off season, which is generally late fall to early winter. They can also opt for simpler designs and materials that are in stock, instead of complex creations made of custom ordered materials. Lastly, homeowners may be able to save money by fencing off a smaller portion of their yard, such as just the area surrounding a pool or the side of their yard that faces a street.

Last updated on Apr 28, 2014

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