How Much Does a Fence Cost?

Some people build fences for privacy and aesthetics. Others use a fence to protect their children and pets from predators. 

The cost of installing a fence can be very important, regardless of the reason. How much does it cost for a fence to be installed?

It all depends on the materials used and the length and height you choose for your fencing. This could lead to a cost of anywhere from $5 to $25 per linear foot. This would translate to a cost of approximately $1,500 to $3,000 per acre.

These numbers assume that you are buying new materials. This article will discuss the five most popular fencing materials and how much it will cost to install them. It will also show you some ways that you can save money by using repurposed materials.

The Top 5 Fencing Materials With Average Cost

The goal of the fence is what you want it to accomplish.

Are you looking to deter your neighbor’s naughtiness? Are you trying to protect your children and livestock? 

What is the maximum length you would like your fence to last before it needs to be replaced? 

How often will you need to maintain the fence in order to keep it in top condition?

These questions, along with the average cost of materials, will make it easier to make a decision.

Chain-link fencing can be the most affordable type of fencing. The price will be lower than other fencing materials, even with all the metal stakes and posts, gates, brackets, and tie wires.

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A chain-link fence costs between $10 and $20 per linear foot. The average homeowner will end up spending $2,083 per linear foot, which is between $1,153 and $3,008 total.

If you need taller or thicker fencing, the cost can be very high. It is also important to consider the material of your chain link fence. Although chain link fencing may not be very attractive, it is a great way to keep pets and children safe.

An inexpensive way to improve the look of your chain link fence is to add a wonderful smelling vine-like star jasmine. For more privacy, the jasmine will grow over the fence and blooms intoxicatingly.

Wood & Privacy Fencing Cost

Wood fencing is the best option for privacy and is certainly the most attractive option. If properly maintained, it will last at least 20 years.

A wood fence costs on average $13 to $19 per ft. The average homeowner spends anywhere from $1950 to $2850. Costs can be affected greatly by which species of wood are used. The most popular ones are redwood, cedar, and pine.

Because of the oil contained in cedar, Cedarwood is the best to construct a fence. Cedar oil is naturally resistant to moisture, insect infestation, decay, and rot. You will need to treat a wood that is less expensive with a waterproofing agent every year.

Vinyl Fence Cost

Vinyl fencing is made of PVC and is weatherproof, strong, and durable. A vinyl fence can last longer than wood because it is not porous and easy to maintain.

A vinyl fence can be installed for as little as $20 per square foot. This will vary depending on the size and needs of your yard.

The cost will be affected by the type of vinyl fence that you choose (and there are many options). It will last longer and require less maintenance.

Composite & Trex Fencing Cost

Composite fencing is made up of recycled wood and plastic that looks like wood. Vinyl is a similar material to composite fencing. However, it can shrink, warp or expand in extreme weather.

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Composite fencing averages $23-$37 per linear foot, which means that an average household will spend about $3,450-$5,550.

Composite fences are expensive. It can last for over 20 years, requires very little maintenance, and is available in many colors and styles. This makes it a worthwhile investment.

Wire Fencing Cost

Like hog wire, barbed wire or welded wire fencing is more useful than privacy fencing. This is more popular for large households with livestock.

The cost of installing a wire fence is between $1 and $7 per linear foot with an end cost of around $1,254-$5,852 per acre.

You can get more functionality than privacy with wire fencing.

  • The price range for hog wire fencing is $0.75 to $3.25 per ft. It’s becoming more popular because of its affordability and attractive wooden frame.
  • The average cost of welding wire fencing is $1.48 to 1.58 per foot. It’s safer than barbed wire fencing but is more costly. It can also be more difficult to install and maintain.
  • Barbed Wire costs between $1.25 and $1.48 to install. It is ideal for fencing long distances or keeping animals inside or outside. It’s not attractive, it can be easily cut and can pose a danger to children.

Other fence materials and their costs

There are many other fencing options than the ones shown here. These are the most popular and cost-friendly options.

The following could be used:

  • An electrical fence
  • A board on a board fence
  • A fence made of wrought iron
  • A steel security fence
  • Even a concrete or stone fence can be used

These will all cost significantly more than the five we have chosen, but they are still worth considering.

Additional Costs for Building a Fence

The first step in building a fence is to determine the right fence materials. Before you start building your fence, it is important to obtain a permit. A permit is not usually required if the fence is less than 6 feet in height. However, it is still a good idea to consult your local planning and Zoning office or HOA (if one is available). A fence permit costs between $25 and $50.

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There are other factors that can impact the overall cost of your purchase:

  • Equipment and labor for hole digging
  • Leveling of the slope and machinery
  • Additional equipment for soggy ground
  • Job complexity Corners add labor and material cost.
  • Are you looking for a gate? Gates can cost anywhere from $150 to $500.
  • Would you like a longer or higher fence? This could increase your installation costs by 20%-30%.

As with all projects, you should always consider the entire scope of the project. Don’t just make a quick calculation on length and price.

How to Reduce Fencing Costs with Repurposed Materials

Repurposed materials are a great way for you to express your artistic side and cut down on building costs. It is highly encouraged to use your imagination and create something new from something you already have.

You can find many examples of people doing this online. Examples include an old door fence or wine bottle fence, a ceiling tin fence, or a shipping pallet fence. There are many other options.

Fencing Materials: Cost VS Function VS aesthetics

Building a fence can be expensive due to the cost of materials and labor, as well as any unexpected costs. It might be best to have a professional help you make tough decisions and ensure that your fence lasts. You should know which side of the fence you own vs. your neighbors. If they consider your side, it could lead to you paying.

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