Chainlink Fence Costs

Installing a fence around your property helps keep out strays and prying eyes, and keep in your own loved ones and other valuables. Good fences make good neighbors!

The chain link fence is a most utilitarian style that offers greatest boundary closure security.

You will find that the cost to install an average galvanized steel chainlink fence depends on the length of fence, number of corners and gates, the accessibility of the terrain to be fenced, and the labor rate.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 feet of 60” tall chainlink fence with one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Chainlink Fence: galvanized steel 2" mesh; 2-3/8" corner poles, 1-1/2" line poles and top rail; concrete post holes; including waste.$6.04per foot380$2,294
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 60" tall and with closing latches.$218each2$437
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day4$100
Material Cost$7.86per foot360$2,831
+ Labor Cost$38per hour60$2,280
Total Cost$14.20per foot360$5,111


Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 feet of 72” tall chainlink fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Chainlink Fence: galvanized steel 2" mesh; 2-3/8" corner poles, 1-1/2" line poles and top rail; concrete post holes; incl. waste.$6.98per foot380$2,653
Gates: 2 gates each 4' wide x 72" tall with closing latches; installed for drive-through.$227each2$454
Equipment rental: power posthole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day4$100
Material Cost$8.91per foot360$3,207
+ Labor Cost$38per hour60$2,280
Total Cost$15.24per foot360$5,487



Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Adding vinyl privacy weave into the chainlink will add about $8 per linear foot of fence including labor, or about $2,880 extra in the 72” chainlink example above.
  • Be certain of property line location and local regulations regarding fence installation setback and regarding concrete post-footing requirements.

DIY considerations

  • This installation may be suitable for able DIY persons.
  • It requires at least two physically able and prepared persons with special link-fencing tools and alignment skills in addition to concrete mixing and hole-digging.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to install chainlink fence in my city

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