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The average cost of fencing materials

Fencing materials are a great way to add charm and security to any property. Fences provide an attractive way of demarcating boundaries, adding value to a home or commercial venue and also providing peace of mind. When planning for a fence installation project, it is important to factor in the cost of materials.

The average cost of fence installation materials depends on several factors including the type of fencing material and quality, the size and height of the fence, local construction costs, and labor costs. Depending on these components, the cost can range from as low as $10 per linear foot for a picket fence to as high as $30 per linear foot for a privacy fence.

When choosing fencing materials for your project, it is important to consider all elements that influence fencing costs such as location requirements, aesthetic appeal and durability. Different materials offer different levels of aesthetics and can also vary greatly in terms of price point. Commonly used fencing materials include:

  • Wood
  • Aluminum/Vinyl
  • Chain Link
  • Barbed Wire
  • Wrought Iron
  • Brick/Stone Walls
  • Hedges and Shrubs

Weighing up style choices with budget considerations will help make an informed decision about which material is best suited for your property.

How much for a fence in backyard

When it comes to fencing, there are a variety of materials to choose from. Wood, vinyl, aluminum, and chain-link are the most popular choices, with each providing its own different advantages. Let’s take a look at all of the different types of fences and the average cost of each type of material.

This section will cover the different types, the average cost of each, and other factors to consider when choosing a fence material.

Wood Fences

Wood fences can provide an attractive, natural look at an affordable price. They are available in a range of heights and thicknesses, making them a good choice for many different applications. When selecting a wood fence, you should consider the type of wood used, the size and shape of the components, as well as the build techniques used to ensure a long-lasting structure.

Standard wood fences have spaced posts with two or three rails running between them and are typically made from pine or cedar boards. This type of fencing is less expensive than other materials and generally easier to install yourself. It is important to note that not all types of wood are equally durable – Cedar is more resistant to rot and insect damage than Pine therefore Cedar will last longer when subjected to wetter climates. However Cedar does cost more than Pine so it is important to do your research before deciding which type works best for your application.

If privacy is a priority for your fence selection, consider installing shadowbox or board-on-board panels which will create complete obscurity from either side. For further customization fence panels can be French gothic cut at top or dog ear cut at the end for decorative detailing that adds unique character and design interest to any home landscape.

When planning your project it’s easy to forget other essentials in addition to the lumber itself such as gravel for drainage ditch around post holes, screws/nails/hinges/latch closure system and sealant/paint/stain supplies – Make sure you’re prepared before beginning any wood fencing project!

Chain Link Fences

Chain link fencing is one of the most common fencing materials on the market. Its affordability, durability and easy installation make it a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties.

Chain link fences are typically made from galvanized steel or aluminum alloy, with a zinc coating that helps to protect against rust and corrosion. Chain link fences come in a wide range of sizes and styles, ranging from small perimeters to large security fences. The cost of chain link fence material can vary depending on the type of metal used for construction as well as any additions, such as barbed wire or privacy slats. For example, galvanized steel chain link fence materials are generally more affordable than aluminum alloy material options. Installation costs can also vary depending on terrain and accessibility.

If you’re looking for an affordable yet secure way to keep out intruders, a chain link fence may be just what you need!

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are extremely durable, require little maintenance and most typically come in white or tan. The cost of installation can be higher than other types of fencing materials, but it can stay with a home for the long run if properly installed. Additionally, they are fireproof and won’t be harmed by termites or other wood-eating insects. This type of fence is also preferred by some homeowners because it is easily customizable with a variety of accents such as posts, railings and more.

Vinyl picket fences start at $20 per linear foot for a low-end option but average around $30 per linear foot for a standard fence line up to 8 feet tall. Vinyl privacy fences are typically priced around $45 per linear foot installed, although prices may vary based on the specifics such as height, style and finish options chosen. Professionally installed vinyl fencing with intricate designs or added accents may cost up to $100 per linear foot total.

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Aluminum Fences

Aluminum fences are a popular and increasingly preferred type of fencing material. These fences are typically lightweight, low maintenance, and available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Aluminum is also one of the least expensive materials for fencing, which makes it an attractive solution for DIYers on a budget.

Aluminum fences come in many forms and can be used for residential or commercial use. The most common style is the picket fence, which features vertical pickets spaced evenly along the fence line. However, due to its versatility and durability, aluminum can also be used to create ornate panels with intricate designs or unique shapes and architectural details. Whether you are looking to add charm to your landscaping with an ornamental garden fence, keep children safe via security fencing, or provide some privacy around your pool area – aluminum fencing is an appropriate choice that can last up to twenty years with proper upkeep.

Other varieties of aluminum fencing are available as well such as chain link fences which offer maximum security at an affordable cost; traditionally styled wrought iron aluminum fences; plus commercial grade security solutions such as non-climbable high tensile zinc-aluminum alloy fences. As previously mentioned, the cost of aluminum does vary greatly depending on the particular design chosen so do research beforehand to ensure that you’re selecting the best option for your property!

Wrought Iron Fences

Wrought iron fences are a classic design often seen around historic homes and include heavy metal frames, bars, and ornamental features. While wrought iron can be expensive, its durability makes it one of the most popular types of fencing. Wrought iron typically comes in black and is available in several styles such as spear points, picket points and flat tops.

For a traditional look with added security, wrought iron offers an unbeatable combination of quality and aesthetic appeal. Wrought iron fences are usually sold in panels that range from 3 to 8 feet high or custom sizes can be ordered from fence manufacturers. Due to the handcrafted nature of this type of fencing it costs significantly more than pre-made panels made from other materials such as wood or vinyl, however for many homeowners it could be worth the investment over time due to its longevity and sought-after style. Painting your wrought iron fence may also help preserve its life span by protecting it against weathering issues like rusting or cracking.

Average Cost of Materials

Installing a fence in your backyard can be a great way to add privacy and security to your home. You’ll likely need to purchase some fencing materials, so it’s important to understand the average cost that these materials may set you back.

This article will cover the estimated cost of common fencing materials and will help you understand the various costs associated with building a fence around your backyard.

Wood Fences

Wood fencing material is the most common fence material used. It is durable, affordable and comes in a variety of different types of wood, including redwood, cedar, pine and fir. The cost for materials when installing a wooden fence is determined by the type of wood selected, the size of the fence, number of rails included in the fence and any decorative features you choose to incorporate into your design.

On average, materials for a typical wooden privacy fence (6ft high*8ft wide) might cost anywhere between $20 to $45 per linear foot depending on type of wood used (redwood or cedar will be on the higher end). A lower-end wood such as pressure-treated pine may be below $20 per linear foot*. Additionally, if you’re building a picket or split rail fence you should expect additional costs due to increased labor and material prices associated with these specialized designs. Other items such as posts and post caps will typically run around 15% of total installation costs depending on height of your fence.

*Price may vary based on region

Chain Link Fences

Chain link fences are a common feature in many yards and communities, providing a secure and sturdy fence option that won’t break the bank. Cost and installation of chain link fencing will depend on the project size, property type, and local labor costs. Materials alone cost between $7 to $30 – or more – per linear foot for both fencing materials and supplies like post supports. Fencing can be purchased in rolls of predetermined heights (typically 4-6 feet) or as individual components. For an accurate estimate of supplies needed and costs, contact a qualified professional fence installer near you.

Chain Link Fences consist of posts, rails, fabric (mesh), pounding arms, ties, gates and accessories that provide support to prevent unwanted access. There are various grades of chain link fabric available based on the type and strength of material used to make it – galvanized or vinyl coated steel are both widely used for residential installations. The posts can also be either steel tubing or lumber depending on the strength requirement, available space for installation, level of water resistance desired, etc., with corresponding number 8-12 screws or railing nuts to join it all together into one secure unit.

Additionally some gates may be included as part of the package such as walk gates (3’/4’ opening swing type) as well as small double core drive gates (2’/3’/4′ openings). Accessories such as tension bars may also need to be purchased in order to ensure additional strength is provided where needed; these should always be purchased from reputable sellers who have experience supplying this type fencing for security purposes.

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Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fencing has become a popular alternative to traditional wood picket fences over the last few decades. The beauty and durability of vinyl makes it an ideal replacement for a variety of fence styles, including privacy fences. Vinyl fencing is both attractive and relatively low cost, making it an appealing choice for homeowners who are looking to take advantage of the convenience of a vinyl fence without sacrificing their budget.

When determining the cost for materials for your vinyl fence project, there are several factors you should keep in mind. Prices can vary depending on the type of material you choose (for instance, privacy versus picket styles), as well as any additional features or decorative accents that may be needed. On average, materials for a basic vinyl privacy fence will cost between $20-$30 per linear foot, with installation costs estimated at around $20–$30 per linear foot. Additional ornamental details such as gate posts or post caps will increase overall fencing costs by approximately 8-15%. Labor costs may also be greater if steep slopes or grade changes are present at either end of the fence line.

Aluminum Fences

Aluminum fences, which vary considerably in design, are generally more expensive than other fencing materials. The average cost for materials for an aluminum fence of standard height (about six feet) is between $21 and $45 per linear foot, including posts and all hardware.

Spikes and brackets will be necessary to hold some panels in place while others are self-supporting panel designs that do not require posts or cement footing. With no obstructions like trees or decks to work around, you can expect your project’s price per foot to decrease slightly as more panels can be placed within the same area.

Whether you choose a powder-coated finish or one with an ornamental pattern such as estate fencing is up to you and budget. Keep in mind that some of the most decorative fences require significant time on the installation since detailed cutting, joint fitting and painting takes time. Professional installation can add significantly to the total cost, but will ensure a high quality result that meets your expectations and local building codes.

Wrought Iron Fences

Wrought iron fencing is one of the more popular fencing materials available. Whether you are looking for security, elegance or convenience, this type of fencing can provide it. Featuring heavy duty steel frames with intricate designs, wrought iron fences add a sophisticated touch to any home. Before you decide on a wrought iron fence, it’s important to understand the average cost of the materials.

On average, professional fence installation contractors charge around $19 to $29 per linear foot to install a wrought iron fence on single-family residential properties. This rate usually includes labor and all necessary materials like posts, hardware, and fasteners but may not include additional services like painting or staining which can raise the total cost.

When shopping for supplies, homeowners can expect to pay between $600 and $2,000 per 100 feet of fence material including four-foot posts at least eight feet apart and a one-foot access gate. It should be noted that higher-end options such as thicker material or decorative finials will cost more than basic models. Wrought iron fences require regular maintenance including periodic touch-ups for rust spots and last about 10 – 20 years depending on how well they are maintained over time.

Additional Costs

When budgeting for fencing, you must calculate additional costs associated with the installation. This includes:

  • Purchasing of tools and materials
  • The cost of hiring an installer
  • The cost of additional materials like gravel
  • The cost of disposing of the old fence

These extra costs can drive up the total expenditure and should be taken into account when calculating the overall budget.

Labor Costs

Labor costs can add a significant amount of money to the price of any fencing project. Unless you decide to install the fence yourself, you’ll need to factor in the cost of professional labor when buying your materials. Professional fence installers usually charge anywhere from 25-35 dollars an hour—depending on scope and difficulty of the job—which means a 200-foot fence can cost from lunch or $3000 – $4000 just for labor alone. This does not include additional items like hardware and sealants, which will also increase your total material cost.

If you don’t feel comfortable installing a fence yourself, it is important to budget for professional labor in order to get quality results.

Permits and Licenses

Depending on the type of fence you are installing, you may need to get permits and/or licenses before you can begin your project. The cost of these documents varies according to the state, county or city regulations. Depending on where you live, the cost could range from as little as $50-80 in some states, up to several hundred dollars in others. Several materials and/or labor may also require licenses or permits due to their locations such as building near a lot line, crossing over an easement or other considerations.

Be sure to check with your city hall for the exact legal requirements and fees for your project before starting any work.

Professional Installation

In addition to the cost of your chosen fencing material, you may need to budget for professional installation. Most fencing companies will provide a free quote or estimate and can help you determine the exact cost of installation.

When opting for professional installation, it is important to find a reliable and experienced installer. They will know how to select the right materials and tools, calculate measurements, level the ground where needed and secure fence posts firmly in place. The cost of labor may vary depending on the size of your project and where you live, but on average for a typical residential project, expect to pay anywhere from $8 to $18 per linear foot with additional labor costs ranging from $150 -$400 per days worth of work. Installation can take anywhere from two days up to several weeks depending on the overall scope of your project.


In conclusion, the average cost of fencing materials will depend on a variety of factors, including the type and amount of materials needed, the quality of the materials chosen, and any labor costs associated with the installation. Generally speaking, higher quality materials tend to cost more than lower quality but can be expected to have a longer useful life.

No matter what type of fence material you choose, it is important to do some research before making your purchase. Doing so will help ensure that you’re getting the best value for your money and that your finished fence will meet all your expectations.