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Wood Fencing Costs

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By on Dec 15, 2014
Wood Fencing Costs

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Wood fences, when installed correctly, can certainly add a new and improved dimension to your home. Unfortunately, wood fence costs can vary greatly depending on the size of your yard, as well as the wood of choice.

Nonetheless, as is the case with our 6-foot privacy fence material estimator, we have researched the average prices for the most popular wood fences on the block (see what I did there). Continue reading to see the costs and benefits associated with wood fences.

White Fence

Wood Fence Benefits

Before jumping into the costs, I wanted to discuss the benefits of wood fences. As our loyal readers know, there are nine fencing types, all offering their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Wood, compared to others, gives homeowners a relied sense of privacy with its height and girth. Additionally, wood fences, especially compared to vinyl or chain link, are very durable and can easily last a lifetime.

Cedar Fencing Costs

Many wood fences are derived from the cedar tree. However, how that wood is treated and altered plays a key role in the overall price. You can see the average prices for cedar fencing below:

  • Untreated cedar fencing costs between $1.50 and $2.50 a plank.
  • Untreated red cedar fencing costs between $3 and $4 a plank.
  • Treated cedar fencing costs between $4 and 5 a plank.
  • Treated red cedar fencing costs between $6 and $8 a plank.

To see all the factors that affect the overall price, please see our cedar fencing cost guide.

Privacy Fence

Redwood Fencing Costs

If you’re looking for an attractive and durable wood fence, redwood is a terrific bet. It is perhaps the most beautiful and most appealing fence I will mention. Derived from the cedar tree, this type of wood is known for its absorbency, durability and rich, reddish-brown color.

On average, redwood fencing costs approximately $17.49 per square foot.

Wood Fence Designs

6-Foot Privacy Fencing Costs 

Six-foot privacy fences are the gold standard of wood fences. Among all the fence designs discussed in this article, 6-foot privacy fences are the most popular. It gives homeowners that extra sense of security and privacy, especially compared to ranch or picket fences.

  • The average minimum cost of a 6-foot privacy fence is $7 per linear foot.
  • The average maximum cost of a 6-foot privacy fence is $15 per linear foot.

Picket Fence

Picket Fencing Costs

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When it comes to the American dream, you would be hard-pressed to imagine a home without a white picket fence.  Picket fences are not only attractive and inviting, but they are the classic symbol of a safe, comfortable and fun community.

Adding to that cozy touch, some homeowners add accents such as gates and decorative posts to change the basic style of a picket fence. Additions such as these will undoubtedly raise your curb appeal and attract potential buyers down the road.

The cost per linear foot for picket fencing is $11 to $14.

Board On Board Fencing Costs

Board fencing provides the most security when it comes to fence design. Not only is it harder to penetrate, but it also provides less viability to unwanted guests.

Board fencing is a unique type of fencing that uses posts evenly spaced around the yard and smaller pieces of wood applied horizontally across the posts. The fences usually consist of three to five horizontal boards of equal shape and size and a number of fence posts.

On average, board fencing costs between $10 and $15 per foot.

Ranch Style Fencing

Ranch Fencing Costs

While this wont apply to many of our readers, when discussing fence designs, one can’t ignore ranch style fencing. 

Ranch fencing is made of three or four horizontal planks of wood with lots of space in between. While you would think all animals could barge through, many larger animals can’t. It is perhaps the simplest of fence designs, but in an agricultural setting, it gets the job done.

  • The average minimum cost of ranch fencing is $7 per linear foot.
  • The average maximum cost of ranch fencing is $16 per linear foot.

Fence Installation Cost

While I would always challenge our readers to install their own fence, we understand the time constraints many have. Therefore, more often than not, most homeowners seek out a pro to install their wood fence. According to our fence installation cost estimator, the average price to install a fence is $2,388.

What Goes Into the Price of Fence Installation?

Undoubtedly, the biggest cost that comes with fence installation is materials, which we just covered above. 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:

  • Permits
  • Marking utility lines
  • Preparation
  • Approval from HOA

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There are few home updates that provide bigger bang for your buck than a wood fence. While there are certainly no shortages on types or designs, know that despite their higher material and installation costs, the endless array of benefits are surely worth it.

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