Fencing Cost & Pricing Guide
We understand installing a fence is a big decision. Our goal is to empower you with honest and reliable fencing cost information to help you budget for your project and choose the right fence for your project.
This fencing cost and pricing guide will help you develop an initial budget and plan for the costs associated with each type of fence.
Costs of Fencing: A Few Things to Consider
There are four main factors to consider when looking at a fence project:
- Is this a new installation or replacing an existing fence
- How long do you want the fence to last
- What kind of terrain is the fence being built on
- Is a permit required to build the fence
Maybe you want to keep kids safe, keep animals out of your garden, would just like some privacy from neighbors, or need security for your property. There are lots of reasons for wanting to put up a fence, but not all created equal.
1. Is this a new installation or replacing an existing fence
Pricing a fence will have a lot to do with whether or not you are removing an existing fence. This decision is not an easy one, and depends on several factors:
The biggest factor is cost. You will probably want what is the most cost-effective. Repair costs will depend on existing damage. Wood fence will last longer with proper care, treatment, or stain. Asheville Fence offers a warranty upgrade with stain package with a fence contract. How many touch-ups needed will be determined by the number of storms and moisture in the past few years, along with any insect damage.
Repairing an existing fence can sometimes be cheaper, but can take a long time. Repairing a wooden fence usually involves hours of scraping chipped paint, cutting new boards, and replacing old ones.
If you no longer want this type of fence, you may be better off to take it down and install a new one. Generally, if you need to replace 20% of your fence, it will be more cost-effective to build a new one.
It most likely will require multiple people to demolish an old fence and bigger equipment to remove stubborn polls. Doing it yourself will be cheaper, but you may need to call in the pros if things get complicated.
Desired Final Result
If you have a certain type of fence, like a chain link, and are ready for a new look of wood, you will need to replace the existing fence to get the aesthetic you want. Sometimes look and personal preferences come into play, and they take precedence over cost and time spent. Some fences are forgiving if not installed perfectly, but others may require a professional to be installed correctly, look great, and last as long as intended.
2. How long do you want the fence to last
If you have an existing fence, you may find it less expensive to repair the existing fence yourself, but may find that you will be doing similar repairs in the next five years. Is it worth it to continue the maintenance of the older fence, or should you just go with a more durable material that requires less upkeep? There are other options besides wood fence that last much longer and require less upkeep over the years, including vinyl or aluminum.
3. On what kind of terrain is the fence being built
If your fence is being installed on a flat piece of property with soft soil, installing fence posts will be a breeze. In Western North Carolina, however, flat properties and non-rocky land are hard to come by. Installing fence posts in the mountains can often lead to challenges. Depending on the total height of the fence, a post should be buried 2-3 feet in the ground for stability.
If you are installing near a home or business, make sure you are nowhere near buried cable, phone, gas, water, and power lines. Most structured cable lines have a minimum of 24 inches to be buried. Water and gas lines may vary. Call 811 to get some of the lines marked on your property before digging. Private lines will need to be found as well and may require professional help to ensure nothing is cut by accident.
Before installing any fence, make sure you are putting it up only on your own property and allowed to put it up. You can check with a land surveyor to get the boundaries of your property in writing. If you’re wanting to put up a fence on your neighbor’s property, talk to them and potentially come to an agreement that the fence is OK with them. Be sure to have them sign something proving that they agree to this, however.
Some cities and municipalities require a permit to build a new fence. Check with the permitting office in your jurisdiction to see if you need one to start your project. Most permits to install a fence run a little under $1,000, so you need to take this cost into account when figuring out your budget. In the City of Asheville, start here.
Also, check for your homeowner’s association if there are specific guidelines for fencing before you start the installation. Nothing could be worse than building your new fence only to hear you would have to make changes or remove it.
Next, let’s look at the types of fences to get an idea which may be the most appropriate for the project.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fence offers great variety, value, and durability to beautify and protect your home or business. Chain link is secure, provides low maintenance over time, installs quickly, can be covered with vinyl, include privacy slats, and is the most affordable type of fence available. Chain link fence heights commonly include 3', 42", 4', 5', 6', 7', 8', 10', and 12', though almost any height is possible. A Chain Link fence provides no privacy or security at the lower heights, if that is a concern, a taller fence might be better.
This fence can be installed DIY if desired. Asheville Fence provides full-service installation or a full array of DIY supplies for chain link fencing.
Uses: Playground enclosures, backyard perimeters, dog kennels, athletic fields, dumpster enclosures, construction sites, high-wind areas, and more.
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Material Pricing: The average price nationwide for materials of a 4-foot chain link fence is $7-$12 per linear foot. Adding height to the fence will add on average $1-$2 per linear foot. There are different gauges of fence to consider that will play a part in pricing. Vinyl coated fencing will double the price of materials. Privacy slats will add around $3-$5 per linear foot plus the cost of installation. Fabric screen is available on average for $3 per linear foot, depending on the quality.
Labor Pricing: Chain link fences are pretty straightforward to install and can be done DIY if desired. Holes must be dug for the posts, which are generally set into concrete. The chain wire is then strung tightly between the posts using brackets. Professional installation nationwide costs between $8-$14 per linear foot.
Gates: You’ll most likely want to install a gate on the new chain link fence so you can get in and out. A typical gate costs around $60 for a 4-foot gate, plus install costs.
Split Rail Wood Fencing
Split rail fencing is one of the leading options on the market. The natural wood material is aesthetically appealing and offers a number of benefits including rustic charm, affordability, low maintenance over a 25-year period, flexible for almost any terrain, and safe for animals.
Uses: Yard enclosures, farm, and horse enclosures, decorative border
Material Pricing: Depending on the quality of the split rail, costs for materials can average between $8 and $12 per linear foot. Split rail typically includes three rows of split wood between posts. Wood types can include cedar, yellow pine, locust, and composite. Cedar is significantly more expensive.
Labor Pricing: On average, installation costs between $5 and $7 per linear foot nationwide. Split rail takes great care to ensure posts are set correctly and rails are perfectly aligned to ensure low maintenance for years. If you’ve never installed split rail, it’s highly encouraged to have it professionally installed.
Board on Board Wood Fencing
These fences provide a complete barrier visually and physically. Board on board fences are constructed on an overlapping pattern of vertical slats. Board on Board fences are designed for the ultimate visual privacy. Over time, you will need to maintain the fence by staining or painting to keep in good condition. Weather takes its toll on wood fencing, and you may notice rotting or warping due to excess moisture. Insects can cause destructive infestations if not treated properly.
Uses: Privacy, property demarcation
Pricing: Depending on the type of wood, the materials for a board-on-board fence on average will cost $11-$15 per linear foot and professional installation is on average $4-$6 per linear foot.
Ornamental means “decorative,” but don’t let the name fool you—this is not just a fence for decoration. Ornamental fences are made of aluminum or steel fashioned in an aesthetically pleasing style to add both character and security to your property. Not only do these fences make your home or business stand out in the neighborhood, but they’re also exceptionally durable, able to stand up well against the elements with a limited amount of maintenance.
Uses: Security, low maintenance, aesthetics
Ornamental fencing is available in a variety of designs to match nearly any architectural style or motif.
Pricing: Pricing for ornamental fences will vary greatly, depending on the amount of customization and the materials, which include aluminum or steel.
Don't forget to add a gate, which can cost anywhere from $300 - $3,000+ depending on size and material.
PVC Vinyl Fencing
PVC products are long-lasting and low-maintenance, specialty engineered to retain their freshly-painted appearance for decades, PVC fencing comes in a wide variety of style options similar to some wood fence designs but without the maintenance. PVC components are impervious to insects and moisture and will never rot, split, splinter or decay. The vinyl products will never need sanding, sealing or painting.
No fencing material is perfect. Vinyl, like aluminum, has a higher upfront cost. However, the lack of maintenance should make up for that over the years. In addition, it lacks the formidable strength of some other fencing materials, and it can turn brittle and crack in extreme temperatures.
Uses: Picket, privacy, shadowbox, rail, horse enclosure, Affordable and durable fencing, low maintenance
Material Pricing: Depending on the type of PVC fence you are installing, materials for PVC fencing is between $8 and $35 per linear foot.
Labor Pricing: On average, installing a new PVC fence costs $4.68 nationwide. The cost increases depending on the type of fence and if you are removing an old fence.