How Much Does a Fence Cost?
A good fence can improve your home’s value, make your home more secure, keep your pet in your yard, and establish a good perimeter to separate your property from your neighbors. It’s important to buy the best fence for your money.
One of the first questions that many homeowners ask themselves when they consider whether to install a fence is how much will it cost? It’s a great question. How much a fence costs can affect the kind of product the homeowner chooses to buy, and may even affect whether the homeowner decides to install a fence at all. Below, we’ll explore the answers to this question to help you get started with this invaluable home improvement project.
Factors that Affect Fence Cost
It’s hard to say exactly how much it costs to install a fence because there are many factors that can affect cost, including length, location, tools and installation costs. Because these factors can vary, most homeowners can expect to spend anywhere within a range.
Standard residential fencing materials can range from $5 to upwards of $40 per foot, and there’s a wide range of costs in between.
At $5 per foot, chain link is almost always the least expensive material of all residential fencing products. Though affordable, it’s strictly utilitarian in nature. It’s not generally considered attractive, and thus is only useful for homeowners who need to create a barrier on their property.
Wood is more expensive at $10 to $20 per foot. Factors affecting cost include the wood’s grade and species. This classic and attractive fencing material is not as popular as it once was. It’s high maintenance, and there are now many low-maintenance alternatives.
Vinyl lasts longer than wood and needs far less care. This material generally costs between $20 and $25 per foot. It comes in a range of colors and in some ways resembles painted wood, so for many homeowners, it’s a more preferable product than standard wood.
Aluminum is a strong but lightweight material that never rusts. It costs between $20 and $30 per foot. Homeowners often seek aluminum as an alternative to more expensive, weightier fencing materials like wrought iron.
Wrought iron costs between $20 and $35 to install and can last for decades with proper care. This traditional fencing material has been used as a residential fencing material for centuries, and has long been the preferred material of wealthier homeowners.
Composite fencing comes in a wide range of costs, from $27 to $40+. Composite is popular because it looks like wood, but requires virtually no maintenance. Although this material comes in a wide range of costs, you get what you pay for. Low end composite material may warp, stain, fade or bend in a relatively short time. It also doesn’t look as good as the high-end material.
While there’s a direct relationship between the length of a fence and its cost (longer fences cost more to install than shorter fences of the same material), there’s also an economy of scale to take into consideration. When working with a contractor, installing a short fence may cost more per foot than installing a long fence. In other words, if you have a lot of yard to protect, don’t allow the size of your yard to stand in your way. Professionals often reduce their per-foot price as the length of the fence grows.
The cost of hiring a contractor to install a fence varies. Long established contractors with a good reputation in the community may cost more, but often come with a quality guarantee. Expect to spend between $30 and $80 per hour for a contractor.
If you’re planning to install your fence yourself, budget for the cost of tools, like a post hole digger, a saw, level and other tools that you may or may not have on hand. Do research to find out exactly how much each tool costs.
Average Cost to Build a Fence
Plan to spend between $1,500 and $4,000 on your fence installation. You’ll spend more if you purchase high-end materials, or if you hire an expensive contractor.
How to Save Money on Fence Installation
So, you’re on a budget? There are a few things you can do to save money on fence installation.
- Hire the right contractor. Interview at least three contractors before choosing the right one.
- Buy a Fence in a Box. Fence in a Box is a product designed specifically for homeowners seeking to install an inexpensive fence on their property. Fence in a Box comes with all the materials you need to perform your own installation without help from a contractor.
- Shop for the right fence financing. Good fence financing can dramatically reduce your costs over time, if you’re able to find low-cost financing from a reputable lender. Talk to several financiers before settling on the right lender for your needs.
Fence Outlet is your source for attractive and high quality fencing solutions at an affordable price. We sell Fence in a Box products for homeowners seeking a budget-friendly fencing solution that comes with all of the materials needed to put the fence in the ground. Contact us today to learn more about fencing materials and get started with your purchase.