Fence installation can be hard work, so if you're interested in one for your property, a professional should do it for you. Backyard fences can provide a feeling of security and privacy, as well as a decorative element that pulls your yard together.
The cost of your fence will depend on a couple of factors, the main one being the materials used. There are all kinds of backyard fences to choose from: wood, vinyl, chain-link and wrought iron are some of the most popular. Another factor in the cost is the size of your yard, which determines how much fence you need.
Below are popular fence choices and how much you can expect to pay for them.
Sometimes vinyl fencing is more than three times the cost of wood, but there are advantages to this material. Vinyl is easy to maintain, easy to clean and is higher durable. It can be up to five times as strong as wood, and animals big and small will have a hard time chewing through it or damaging it. It also comes in a range of colors and styles, so you'll be able to find something that suits your house. Vinyl fencing will cost you up to $30 per foot to have installed.
Cedar and pine are the most popular wooden fencing choices. When choosing wood as your fencing material, you can either choose from picket or privacy fence styles, as well as the type and quality of wood itself. Hiring a professional to install a wood fence will cost around $15 to $20 per foot, on average, which makes it one of the cheapest options.
If you're more interested in security than privacy, chain-link fencing is the way to go. Keep in mind that even though chain-link is galvanized, it is vulnerable to scratching. Average installation price for chain-link fencing is around $16 to $22 per foot.
Wrought Iron fences
Wrought iron fencing is the king of backyard fences. It looks great and can really be the finishing touch to your home. The downside is that you pay for that quality, with the average installation cost of wrought iron fencing running upwards of $3,000 per 75 linear feet.
Material is priced by the linear foot, so remember that fences used for privacy that block the view into your yard will require more material. Decorative features, such as post caps and gates, will also increase the price.
Ask a fencing professional to share the cost of labor and materials, enabling you to see how much of your budget goes to material costs alone. You can also request an inventory list and purchase the material yourself. This way, you can pay exclusively for the fence installation.