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The Cost of Materials For a Fence

When considering the cost of a new fence, materials are usually the primary factor that homeowners take into account when looking to build a fence. Depending on the type used, materials can range in price from relatively inexpensive to costly. This guide will provide an overview of the materials commonly used to construct fences and their costs.

The most common material used is wood, with pine being one of the most cost-effective options. Cedar is another popular choice and despite its higher price, it comes with its advantages including being less prone to rot and insect damage. Both types of wood will require periodic painting or staining in order to keep them in good condition over time.

Chain link fencing is another option that requires minimal maintenance and tends to be one of the cheapest even after factoring in installation costs. Its lightweight nature makes it easy for do-it-yourselfers to install, but galvanized steel can be prone to rusting if not regularly maintained.

Vinyl fencing requires little maintenance than other options and has a long lifespan, making it an advantageous choice for those seeking a budget friendly option that won’t need frequent replacement down the road. Aluminum has also become increasingly popular due its low-maintenance nature while providing more security than chain link fencing against intruders. Despite its initial high cost on installation fees and materials, aluminum should last around 20 years before needing replacement over time due you won’t have much more upkeep needed beyond occasional cleaning.

Cost of Materials

Building a fence around your backyard can be a big undertaking – from the research and planning that comes before the construction to the actual installation. An important factor in determining the project cost is the cost of materials. Knowing exactly how much you need and the associated cost can help you plan and budget for the project.

Let’s take a look at the cost of materials for a fence:

Wood Fences

Wood fences are a popular choice for residential properties, due to its natural aesthetic appeal, affordable cost and customizable design. Regularly treated pine is used for construction and can be stained or made with pre-painted panels. Other options include cedar, redwood and composite materials which last longer and require less maintenance.

The cost of the material you choose can be anywhere from $9 to over $100 per linear foot depending on the type of wood you choose, how tall your fence is and how much installation support you need. Depending on your region, however, certain materials may be more widely available than others. When it comes to budgeting for a new fence, other factors like regional labor costs (the cost of installing a fence) should also be considered before making a decision about material selection.

When estimating the cost for a fencing project using wood boards as the material to cover an area of 250 feet or more, customers can expect to pay around $20 per linear foot when using standard lumber or around $25 per linear foot when using premium quality materials. For shorter projects that use higher quality wood such as metal caps or treated wood boards, customers tend to pay closer to $26-$30 per linear foot. Furthermore installation support may vary from company to company so it is important to get quotes from multiple contractors before making your final decision.

Types of wood

The cost of various types of materials for building a fence can range widely depending on the type of material selected. Wood is one popular choice for fences, and there are many different types of woods that can be used. Factors such as durability, weather resistance and color availability all play a part in choosing the right type of wood for your project. Each type varies in cost with select woods being more expensive than others.

Common fence building woods include:

  • Pine, the least expensive option, but it is also more susceptible to damage from weather or insects over time.
  • Cedar, slightly more expensive than pine but is far more durable making it worth the extra cost up front in many cases.
  • Redwood, tends to be the most expensive choice due to its beautiful appearance, long-term durability and natural resistance to rotting or insect infestation.

Using pressure-treated wood can also add longevity and save some money compared with other non-treated wood varieties over time as well since they are usually pre-treated with chemicals that help protect them from rot or other damage from weather elements.

Depending on construction permit requirements in your area, you may need to use certain species defined by local building codes – review local regulations carefully before starting your project for specific requirements regarding use of certain lumber species for fence constructions projects.

Cost of wood

Wood is one of the most popular fence materials due to its classic look and affordability. The cost of wood fencing can range from $11.25 to $21.25 per 6-foot tall panel, depending on the type of wood used and the style of fence chosen.

The most commonly used woods are cedar, spruce, and pine, though cypress and redwood are also great options for a cost-effective fence. Generally speaking, cedar is considered to be the strongest option and provides the longest lifespan, making it more expensive than other material options. Spruce is a lighter weight choice that allows for more installment flexibility while pine is an affordable option that can still provide strong security and privacy features when installed properly.

Additionally, some woods require regular treatment or maintenance to prevent decay or insect infestation while others are naturally higher resistant such treatments or issues so take this into consideration when looking at your chosen material options for your fence as it may impact pricing in different ways with each type of wood.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fencing is a great alternative to wood, offering a variety of advantages. It’s easy to install, doesn’t require painting and won’t rot, splinter or warp. Vinyl fencing comes in several styles including solid panels and picket fences. Though more expensive than wood, vinyl fencing is an attractive, low-maintenance option that requires no painting or treating.

The cost of vinyl fencing varies depending on the height of the fence, corner posts and other customization options you choose. Generally speaking, vinyl fence panels come in 8-foot sections with post caps to match; the average panel costs between $20 and $25 per section (one 8-foot section). Separate post caps may cost between $3 and $5 each (for both sides). Corners posts may cost up to $15 each for both ends; vinyl fence gates can cost up to $400 for an entry size gate with a door knob; upgrades include extra holes for installation and heavier frames for windy areas – these can add around another $200–$500 per gate depending on their size.

For a basic look that adds privacy without breaking your budget, you may want to opt for a prefabricated picket fence or rail fence which will cost significantly less compared to other options such as full panel or split rail fences. It’s important to consider all aspects of your intended use when selecting the right type of fence – longevity and aesthetic appeal are two major factors that affect how much you’ll need to spend. Be sure to get quotes from multiple vendors before making any purchasing decisions.

Types of vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most popular materials for residential fences because it is attractive, durable and relatively low-maintenance. There are a variety of styles and colors available, so you can find an option that fits your budget and personal preferences. Depending on the type and quality selected, vinyl fencing costs range from about $4 to $15 per linear foot but typically average around $10 per linear foot.

Types of vinyl include:

  • Standard Vinyl – Typically available in 3 to 6 feet heights and sometimes up to 8 feet in height, standard vinyl is usually a semi-privacy fence or shadowbox style design. The top and bottom rails are enclosed in slats or pickets with small gaps between them. This type of fencing typically costs around $12 to 14 per linear foot.
  • Privacy Vinyl – This type of fencing usually ranges anywhere from 6 feet high and up in order to provide true privacy. It’s usually only sold as high as 8 feet tall, with prerouted rails that interlock as they fit into posts that have slots cut into them for assembly. Privacy vinyl will cost about $20 per linear foot installed on average.
  • Heavy Duty Vinyl – This grade of fence is designed for extra strength when used in extreme weather conditions or when higher fences are required such as those over 8 feet tall where more structural support is needed. Heavy duty vinyl can go from 10ft to 20ft high depending on the builder’s preference; it will cost approximately $35 per linear foot installed on average though there may be additional labor costs depending on the project requirements.

Cost of vinyl

Vinyl fencing is a popular choice for home fencing due to its low upkeep, durability, and ability to withstand inclement weather. Vinyl fences are also available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colors to match any outdoor aesthetic. However, it can be one of the more expensive options, so understanding the cost of materials in advance is important when budgeting for a fence.

When deciding on vinyl as your fence material, it’s important to understand that there are different grades of vinyl available which can affect pricing. Generally speaking the price can range from $18-$30 per linear foot depending on the grade chosen. The more expensive grades will have additional plasticizers added to increase resistance against extreme temperatures and uv rays but may not be necessary if climate conditions are milder. It will often depend on where you live and what kind of exposure the fence will get from the elements.

In addition to vinyl mesh panels or pre-made panels, it’s important to consider other related costs such as:

  • Posts/poles for installation
  • Caps/post covers (if installing large posts)
  • Fasteners and connectors (if attaching individual panels)
  • Gate hardware (if adding a gate)
  • Panel reinforcement (stakes or angle brackets)
  • Security locks (again if using gates)

It is common practice for installation providers to include these extra costs in their quote with no additional fees unless certain requests are made or additional materials used by choice.

Aluminum Fences

Aluminum fences are durable, classic-looking fixtures with limited upkeep. In comparison with other fencing materials, aluminum is one of the more expensive fencing solutions. Prices vary depending on the style, height and type of fencing you choose. However, aluminum fences typically cost more than traditional chain-link or wood fences.

For an affordable solution, consider a basic budget fence beginning at $18 per linear foot for a 3-foot high fence and going up to $40 per linear foot for a 6-foot high fence. More ornate designs can range to $75 or higher per linear foot for higher security purposes. Assembly is generally not included in price estimates but post installation may be available if requested in advance. Labor costs may run from $30 to over $50 an hour, depending on the local labor market situations.

In addition to the costs of materials and labor associated with your aluminum fence project, there may also be associated fees such as permit fees or home owner’s association (HOA) fees related to necessary planning approvals associated with your project location. It’s always best to consult a qualified professional before initiating any major home improvement project.

Types of aluminum

Aluminum is a popular choice of material when building a fence due to its durability and longevity of life. Depending on location and type of fence, various types of aluminum may be used. There are two main types – extruded or wrought aluminum – each with their own benefits and cost considerations.

Extruded aluminum is the most common type in fencing applications. It is created by pressing heated metal through a series of individually shaped dies in order to produce the desired shape. The result is a fairly uniform product from batch to batch; however, extruded aluminum also tends to be relatively soft, which makes it prone to being bent or dented over time. As such, it should be reinforced with additional materials in more demanding installation areas such as near the beach or along highways and commercial buildings. The cost for extruded aluminum will vary depending on retailer, but can range anywhere from $25-$80(USD) per linear foot assuming 6-foot heights with 4-inch spaces between panels (depending on strength).

Wrought aluminum provides better performance at greater thickness than its extruded counterpart. Rather than being pushed through molds to achieve consistent shapes, this process involves taking individual pieces of metal – typically unheated sheets – and pounding them into the desired shape using heavy tools and equipment such as industrial hammers or presses. Wrought aluminum can also be tempered for extra strength if needed, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas where extra durability is required; however, due to increased manufacturing labor costs associated with tempering processes, the price estimate for this type of metal typically ranges from $50–$90(USD) per linear foot (depending on strength).

Cost of aluminum

Aluminum is a sleek, modern looking material that can be used for a variety of fence designs. It is often used as an accent material in combination with other materials like wood, vinyl or steel. While aluminum is low maintenance and offers protection from rust and corrosion, it does come with a higher installation cost than some other materials.

The cost of aluminum for fencing will depend on the size of your project and the style of fence you choose. Fencing can range from basic panels to more intricate ornamental designs. Generally, more complex designs will cost more than straightforward fences. The cost per linear foot can range from $13-$24 depending on the quality of the fencing and design elements you choose. Other fees associated with installation such as grading fees may also apply depending on where you are located and the complexity of your terrain.

Labor Costs

The labor costs for building a fence will depend on the size and type of fence you want to build. The size will determine how many hours of labor it will take to build it, while the type of fence you choose will determine the specific labor required. Generally, a professional fence builder will charge around $15 to $25 per hour.

In this section, we’ll discuss the labor costs associated with building a fence:

DIY vs. Professional Installation

When it comes to choosing between DIY and professional installation for materials used in a fence, labor costs are a major factor to consider. Although DIY installation may appear cheaper upfront, it will likely require more hours of labor, taking away from time that could be spent doing other tasks and potentially result in more cost than hiring a professional.

For DIY installation, you’ll need to purchase all the materials necessary (posts and other hardware), as well as rent or buy any necessary tools. It’s also important to take into account your own labor hours both setting the posts and building the fence. Generally speaking, most fence installations take 1-2 days of labor spread over three weekends once all supplies are acquired. Depending on your skill level, it is possible you might need additional help, with an estimated hourly rate of $20-$30 per hour.

Alternatively, if you hire a professional fencing contractor, you can be sure that the job will be done correctly, with quality materials and within 2-4 days depending on the complexity of the project. You’ll also likely save yourself large amounts of time since all labor costs associated with assembling your fence will fall under your contactor’s responsibility rather than yours! While a contractor typically charges $14-$20 per linear foot for labor expenses alone (not including materials), this likely includes site preparation or leveling the terrain prior to installing your new fence. The total cost for both DIY and Professional installations vary based upon region or seasonality but typically range between $8-$30 per linear foot depending on style and size of your desired fence installation.

Cost of Labor

The cost of labor is typically determined by the number of hours needed to complete a job. When calculating the cost of labor for a fencing project, it’s important to consider additional factors, such as the type and height of the fence, soil conditions, and accessibility to power tools.

For smaller projects such as a picket-style fence or a low ranch-style fence made of PVC, the labor costs may be limited to two workers for one full days’ work with all materials being delivered to the worksite ahead of time. Labor costs for larger projects such as an ornamental aluminum fence or cedar split rail fence can require up to four workers over three full days due to more complex layout and installation needs.

Depending on various factors such as where you live and how accessible your property is from major street access points, you may need additional workers with specialty skills like welders or laborers for higher levels. Asbestos removal in more rural areas might require an environmental specialist that specialize in areas like containment and asbestos removal outdoors amongst other hazardous material tasks that are many times extremely expensive and specialized. Look into researching different quotes between companies before hiring any one company and be sure to have a clear understanding of what you’re paying for in terms of labor costs.

Additional Costs

When it comes to fencing your backyard, it is important to think about the overall cost of materials. In addition to the cost of your fencing materials, you may also need to pay for other associated costs such as shipping, delivery, and installation. These additional costs can add up quickly, so it is important to research and budget for them before beginning your project.

Permits and Inspections

When it comes to the cost of materials for a fence, there are several additional costs that homeowners should consider. Permits and inspections are a legal responsibility for many fencing projects, and can add several hundred dollars or more to the total cost.

Depending on where you live, you may be required to obtain a buiding permit for any fence installation. Local regulations can also dictate what type of material is allowed and the height of your fence. When in doubt it’s best to check with your local authorities first before proceeding with your project.

In addition, some professional contractors may require that an inspection take place after installation has been completed. This will ensure that the job was done correctly and without any safety hazards. Additional fees should be factored in as well when determining your overall cost estimate; mostly due to labor and permits needed for specific areas or projects if applicable.

Additional Supplies

In addition to the lumber and materials needed for the fence, there are a number of additional supplies that should be budgeted for. These include the following:

  • Fasteners and hardware such as nails, screws, hinges, latches and gate hardware.
  • Protective coating such as paint or wood stain, sealing to protect the wood from damage due to harsh weather conditions.
  • Posts and Corner posts used to anchor fence sections in place.
  • Gateposts which provide additional stability and guidance when installing a gate section in a fence.
  • Concrete footing mix used to set posts into the ground when fencing requires deep levels of security or durability.
  • Gravel used to accommodate drainage around foundation posts.
  • Rigid wire mesh may offer added protection against critters or animals that climb fences.

Budgeting for these items will help ensure your fence is properly secured, attractive, and properly maintained over time thus providing you with years of usefulness from your new installation.


In conclusion, the total cost of materials for a fence will vary, depending on the size and type of fencing required. The cost can be further affected by numerous factors such as geographic location, style and quality of materials used. When installing a fence, it’s important to consider the overall cost as well as any additional services required such as soil testing or related labor and equipment.

It’s also a good idea to research the local ordinances for any zoning laws related to installation of a fence; this might require you to acquire permits. Finally, always consult with local contractors for more detailed estimates on the cost of material for your specific fence project.