How Much Does It Cost To Install A Wood Fence?

Other Fence Materials and Their Costs

There are a lot more fencing options to choose from than just the ones listed here. The ones listed above are the most common and budget-friendly.

You could also do the following:

  • An electrical fence
  • A board on board fence
  • A wrought iron fence
  • A steel security fence
  • Even a stone or concrete fence

All of these will cost considerably more than our five picks above, but there are definitely reasons you may choose them.

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3. Wood Fence Costs: What is the cheapest wooden fence to install? 

The cost of wood fences varies. However, treated pine fences are usually among the cheapest. 

According to Home Advisor, a 6-foot tall fence of treated pine costs between $1 to $5 per linear foot. 

Pressure-treated pine is more durable than normal pine. Although it costs a little more, the investment is quite worth it. 

Redwood and cedar are expensive options to pine, with the material cost increasing by approximately 20%-50%. 

How much does a wooden cedar fence cost?

The cost of cedar fences usually ranges between $15 to $30 per linear foot (installation inclusive). 

That’s between $2,250-$4,500 for 150 linear feet. 

Remember that pressure-treated pines are used for the fence posts.

A larger wood privacy fence will be costlier than small picket fences. The price can also be influenced by factors like ground conditions, local rates, and season. 

For additional designs, such as a scalloped top, pressure-treated pine typically costs around $2 per linear foot.

You may spend an extra $3-$6 per linear foot to remove the old fence. 

How much does a wooden pine fence cost?

The cost of a pressure-treated pine ranges between $20-$25 per linear foot with installation. 

If your backyard measures 150 linear feet, which is the standard measurement of most backyards, you should expect to spend anywhere from $1500 to $3750. 

Pros and Cons

Many reasons may be noted for installing a wooden fence on your property. For one, it provides privacy from the prying eyes of passersby and nosy neighbors and reduces the noise. It adds to the sense of safety and security everyone needs. By installing it, you’re preventing insects and pests from entering your premises and damaging your garden and landscape.

If you have children or pets, it keeps them safely contained in your yard while marking the border between you and your neighbors’ yards. Finally, no one can deny that a decorative wood fence improves the curb appeal of a home, increasing its overall market value.

While they are a great addition to a home, they come with their fair share of disadvantages you need to keep in mind. The major disadvantage is that it’s not as durable as other fencing materials. The typical lifespan is 8 to 20 years at most, compared to other fencing types that last 40 to 50 years.

Wood is also an unpredictable material, so it can split, crack, and change color under the influence of various weather conditions. In addition to this, wood is an active material that can shrink around 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch as it dries after installation. The shrinkage leaves minor gaps in the fence. On the other hand, during rainy and snowy months, the wood expands due to wet conditions, making the gates and doors difficult to open.

Wood Fence Post Cost by Shape

The shape, size, and material determine the overall cost of the fence posts, which typically ranges between $5 and $50 for the materials only. Several post shapes are available to choose from, such as square, pointed, or round wood posts. Here are some of the most common costs to keep in mind based on which type of fence post you choose.

Post ShapeAverage Costs (Materials Only)Round$5 -

Post ShapeAverage Costs (Materials Only)
Round$5 – $10
Pointed$5 – $15
Square$10 – $20

Round Wood Fence Posts

Round fence posts are affordably priced at around $5 to $10 each. They are relatively easy to install and maintain and have been very popular in the fencing industry for decades. Fencing companies recommend round posts for a neat, classic look that stands strong against wild animals. Squirrels, rabbits, deer, and other creatures are less likely to disturb round wood fence posts, which is another reason why many opt to install these posts.

Pointed Wooden Fence Posts

Pointed wooden fence posts are priced at around $5 to $15 each. The sharper end on makes them easier to drive into the ground, especially in tough soil conditions where the climate is cool and dry, or there’s lots of snow. They may not have the same polished appearance as square posts but can be easily touched up to match the wood fencing and serve as a budget-friendly fencing solution.

Square Wood Fence Post

The average cost of building a fence post is $10 to $20. They are another particularly popular option because of their supreme stability at the base. The square shape offers a sophisticated, polished look for residential fencing and is easy to measure and cut. These are slightly more exposed to the elements and potential pests than round posts. But, they are still a worthwhile option for homeowners looking to add a nice touch to their fencing project with adequate support.

Extra Services

The following are optional services that sometimes go along with installing a new fence. If you think your project needs one of these services, make sure you choose a contractor who can provide it. 

Fence removal

If your new fence is replacing an existing fence, most contractors will tear down and haul away the old one for you. How much of an additional fee this will cost depends on how many feet of fence the contractor would have to remove. 

Added cost: $3 – $5 per linear foot of fence to be removed 

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Painting/staining 

Once you have your new fence installed, you may want to change its color with paint or stain. This service is mostly for wood fences, though you could potentially have other types of fences painted, as well. 

Painting isn’t automatically included with fencing installation, which means you’ll have to pay more if you want your contractor to do it. How much you pay will depend on the quality and price point of the paint or stain you choose and how much fence there is to paint. 

Added cost: $500 – $3,000

Tree or bush removal

The path you want your fence to take may be blocked by already existing features in your landscape, such as a tree or bush. In that case, you will need to remove the obstacle yourself or pay your contractor to do it. If your contractor focuses primarily on fencing, you may have to hire a separate tree service or landscaper to remove trees and bushes in the way of your fence. 

How much it costs to remove a bush or tree varies depending on the size of the plant, the complexity of the root system, and whether or not it’s in an easily accessible location. 

Added cost: About $385 – $1,070 or $10 – $14 per foot

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Fence Installation Cost Guide

Several things can affect the cost of fence installation. You may find that a breakdown of installation options helps you to better understand fence installation costs.

Retail Fencing Prices H3

You may consider purchasing fencing materials and then having them installed. Again, you can get a better deal by having an installer purchase the materials for you.

For example, you might need to purchase premium 1” x 6” x 6’ fence boards. You might also need to buy 2” x 4” top and bottom rails. Furthermore, you may need 4” x 4” posts.

You’ll want to purchase extra materials to account for waste. You’ll also have to pay for local delivery. On the low-end, you might pay between $350 and $500 for these materials at a big box store.

Fence Installation Labor Costs H3

Now, the contractor will lay out the post locations. They’ll also dig post holes that are about 6 feet deep. Typically, a fence installer also sets the pole supports about 8 feet apart.

The installer will also secure two horizontal or rack rails between the posts. Finally, they’ll attach the fence panel boards and hardware.

Labor will include the cost of planning the installation. It will also include the cost of preparing the site.

On average, it may take a fence installer about four and a half hours to install a new fence. You may pay approximately $150 for this part of fence installation labor alone.

Fence Installation Supplies Costs H3

Fence installers use specialty supplies. Of course, they’ll need to charge for them.

For example, a fence installer might use special fasteners and connectors. They’ll also need concrete for the post supports. For a 27-foot fence, you might pay $37 to $50 to cover the contractor’s supply costs.

Fence Installation Equipment Costs H3

Fence Installation Equipment Costs H3

Fence installers also use specialized equipment. The tools that a contractor invests in enables them to do quality work.

Their tools also help contractors to work more efficiently. Still, fence installers must also recoup their investment in tools.

For example, a fence installer might purchase an 8-inch diameter post-auger. The installer may also use a 12-inch miter saw.

A fencing installer might also use a pneumatic nail gun as well as a portable concrete mixer. You may expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $1100 to cover these equipment expenses.

Preparing the Work Area H3

If you have an existing fence or unlevel terrain, the contractor may have to prepare the installation area. With an existing fence, the contractor would remove any rails and panels.

They might also remove any existing posts and concrete bases. You might pay anywhere from $51 to $127 for this service.

Worksite Cleanup H3

Finally, you’ll need to consider the cost of cleaning up the job site. When the job’s done, the fence installer will load and haul away any old materials. This part of the job could cost anywhere from $100 to $200 for a 27-foot fence installation.

Altogether, you might pay anywhere from $700 to $1,000 for the entire job. On average, this amount works out to approximately $25 to $42 per linear foot of fencing.

Privacy Fence Installation Cost by Material Type

Privacy fence costs depend on the type of material. The most common types of privacy fences are wood, vinyl, aluminum and board on board. There are many varieties within each category that can affect cost. For example, there are several different types of wood that each has varying longevity and cost.

We’ll go over the most common privacy fences found around homes and their costs.

Wood

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Wood is the most common material used for privacy fences. It is strong, versatile and can last for up to 20 years. However, wooden privacy fences can be costly depending on the type of wood used.

Pine, cedar and redwood are among the most popular. Cedar is arguably the best type because of its natural oils that protect it from moisture, insect damage and decay. Cheaper wood material like pine may require frequent treatment to protect from the elements. Pine also won’t last as long.

Vinyl

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Vinyl is a popular option because of its versatility. There are many styles and colors to choose from, like faux wood or white vinyl. Vinyl is more costly than wood, but it lasts longer and is more durable. Vinyl doesn’t suffer from rot, corrosion or warps. Vinyl can be fairly low maintenance as long as it’s installed properly.

Board on Board or Shadowbox

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Board on board and shadowbox fences are more of a style than a material. A central rail is installed across the fence where boards are placed on alternating sides. This creates an overlapping pattern that looks the same on both sides of the fence making it a great option for a 6-foot privacy fence in a backyard.

Board on board fences can be made with wood, vinyl, aluminum and composite materials. They are attractive options for many homes. Keep in mind that this fence style is not completely private—anyone looking at the fence from a side angle will be able to see through the small gaps between the boards.

Wooden fence styles

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How you want your fence to look can have almost as big of an impact on your overall fence installation cost as the type of wood you choose. Angi provides a helpful roundup of different popular wooden fence styles and how much you can expect to pay for each.

Split-rail/ranch-style fence

If you want to save money on a wooden fence, you should consider the split-rail style. Split-rail fences, also referred to as ranch-style fences, are the least expensive choice for a wood fence, coming in at around $20 per linear foot. You can also often save even more on split-rail fences because they are intended to look more rustic, so you can get away with using recycled or unfinished wood. Keep in mind, though, that split-rail fences are the least effective in terms of privacy and security, considering you can see right through them.

Picket fence

The epitome of the American dream: the classic white wooden picket fence. Picket fences are enormously popular for front yards, and smaller versions are also often seen bordering flower beds. Pickets fences will typically cost buyers around $43 per linear foot, but keep in mind that you will most likely also want to paint your picket fence, which will up its total cost.

Privacy fence

Privacy fences are usually around 6 feet high, so they are the most expensive fence option, starting at $44 per linear foot. They require more wood than other fence styles due to their height and because there are no gaps between the wooden slats. Privacy fences can become quite expensive depending on their style and customization options. Many privacy fences have decorative elements like a scalloped top, lattice panels, and post caps, all of which will drive up the price you will ultimately pay.

FAQs

Fence building isn’t as complex a process as building a house, but some questions may need addressing. With the information above, homeowners should know what to expect regarding fence installation costs, but here are answers to some frequently asked questions, just in case.

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Q. How much does it cost to put up a fence?

Labor is usually half the total fence installation cost. The average range for installing a fence is $1,667 to $4,075, depending on the materials and size of the property. Chain link and wood fences are the cheapest, and metal fences are the most expensive.

Q. How long does a fence last?

The lifespan of a fence is dependent upon the material. There is variation between different woods: a cedar fence may last 15 to 30 years, an untreated pine fence might last only 5 to 12 years, and treated pine may last 20 years. Regular maintenance will increase the life of a wood fence. A vinyl fence resists weathering if it’s built in climates without extreme heat or cold and can last 20 years or more. Galvanized chain-link fences may last 20 years or more, depending on the coating and weave. Metal fences typically need a rust-inhibitor coating applied every few years to lengthen the lifespan.

Q. What types of fences can I get?

It depends on your needs and location. In a rural area, barbed wire or electric fences can keep livestock enclosed. In urban areas, you might prefer an invisible electric fence to keep pets in the yard. For aesthetic purposes, a 3-foot conversation fence might be suitable in the front yard, but an entire privacy fence may be preferred for the backyard. Fences can be made of split rails, wood panels, decorative wood, mesh, chain link, vinyl, composite vinyl (faux wood), aluminum, steel, or wrought iron. More than one fence type can be built on a property, and a fence builder can easily coordinate the colors and styles.

Q. Does a fence add to the value of a home/property?

Yes. A well-kept fence boosts the value of your home by offering security, privacy, and curb appeal. Potential home buyers will appreciate that the property is already secure and finished.

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Q. How do I maintain my fence?

A wood fence requires frequent maintenance since it’s most susceptible to moisture. Staining a fence will help lengthen the longevity of the fence. A wrought-iron or steel fence will need to be treated with a rust inhibitor to prevent rusting. Vinyl fences are low maintenance and can be sprayed off with water when they appear dirty.

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