Fence Types & Cost Guides

Fencing brings functionality to your yard as well as visual appeal. There are a variety of fence types and sizes to meet your aesthetic tastes and the purpose for which you have it installed. This Remodeling Cost Guide lists the most popular types of fencing and tells you a bit about each one. It will help you understand your choices so you can select a fence you’re very happy with in the years ahead.

Your Fence Options and Prices

Here’s a look at what’s available. We start at the least expensive type of fencing, generally speaking, and get more expensive from there.

Chain Link Fence: Installed for functionality and low cost more than for visual appeal, it’s available in galvanized finish, vinyl-coated or vinyl-coated. It’s ideal for many outdoor projects including; bordering your property or establishing limits for kids or pets within your property. Heights range from 3 feet to 10 feet. This fence is low-maintenance. Depending on the size of the fencing, the finish and how heavy the chain link gauge is, prices will be $5-$10 per linear foot for the material, with installation extra.

Picket Fence: This traditional fence is most often made from wood, though it can be found in vinyl too. Woods used include cedar and redwood for greater durability and resistance to weather. Vinyl is maintenance free; wood will require periodic maintenance. Prices range from $10-$15 per linear foot for the fence.

Split Rail and Post and Rail Fence: For a rustic look, consider these types of fencing. They are available in natural wood or vinyl and can be used for property boundary, visual appeal or for pastures and corals. Wood fencing requires some maintenance, but vinyl does not. Post and rail and split rail fencing costs are $12-$16 per linear foot.

Vinyl Fence: Made from durable molded vinyl, this type of fencing looks good for many years. It comes in a range of patterns and styles as well as a few different colors. Heights range from 4 feet to 8 feet. Vinyl fencing is used for privacy, creating boundaries as well as for visual appeal. It should be periodically washed, but that’s all the maintenance it requires. Vinyl fence costs are $12-$18 per linear foot for the fence.

Privacy Fence: This type of fencing is usually built in segments 4-8 feet long and 6-8 feet high and is perfect to protect your outdoor areas. Wood privacy fencing costs less, but requires more maintenance. Vinyl privacy fencing is just the opposite. Your privacy fencing costs will be $12-$22 per linear feet.

Aluminum Fence: This fencing product has the look of wrought iron but requires far less maintenance. It comes in multiple heights from 4-8 feet and several colors. It usually carries a lifetime limited warranty. Aluminum fencing prices are $15-$25 per linear foot.

Wrought Iron Fence: This is an elegant and traditional fence that offers security as well. It’s typically 4-6 feet around homes, but may be 8 feet around commercial or educational buildings. The classic fencing comes in a variety of styles. Most wrought iron fence is painted black, but white and gray are also common. It does require maintenance to keep it painted and to deal with any rust that develops. Wrought iron fence costs are $16-$26 per linear foot.

Invisible Fence: Not the most expensive, we placed it at the end because of its unique purposes. Many veterinarians recommend it for dogs where no other type of fencing is present. A single transmitter can generally serve about one-half acre. Systems include a transmitter and a single collar, with prices from $275-$425. Additional colors are $100-$150.

DIY Installation of Fencing or Hire a Pro?

Most fencing requires time and effort to install more than skill. If you decide to do it yourself, you’ll need a post-hole digger, concrete to set poles and something to mix it, a level, a chalk line and basic hand tools. A power saw and drill might also be handy for cutting and installing fasteners.

Installing fencing such as wrought iron fencing into concrete is more difficult, and having experience is more important. Instructions for doing it should be available from the fence supplier.

If you have a lot of fence to install, you might want to consider getting estimates from fencing contractors. They will likely be able to get the best prices on materials too, since they have wholesale accounts with major suppliers. There’s no cost or obligation to getting written estimates, and requesting at least 3 will help you locate the best prices in your area.

As you can see from this fence cost guide, you’ve got some great options for fencing. Take time to learn about each type; take note of different styles as you drive around your area. This will help you choose the one that gives you the practical functionality and the appearance that best suits your home.

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