Fence Costs

Various types of fences are made up of various materials and with various objectives. Fences are typically located near property lines in order to provide privacy and boundary-closure security. Good fences make good neighbors!

You will find that the typical cost of an average fence installation varies by fence type, material, length, terrain, number of gates and corners, labor rate, and decorative quality of the finish.

In the following table are listed the common Type choices and their typical cost per linear foot of 48” tall fence line with one driveway entry type gate, and all fully installed using good quality products and practices:

TypeProsConsCost
ChainlinkGreatest closureMore obstructed view$14per foot

Galvanized no paintMay require privacy upgrade






PicketStylish, theme matchingPartly obstructed view$26per foot


Small animal passage






Split-railRustic lookLeast closure security$28per foot

Less obstructed viewMedium animal passage


Possible no painting



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

Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 linear feet of 48” 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; including waste.$5.28per foot380$2,006
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 48" tall and with closing latches.$211each2$423
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day4$100
Material Cost$7.02per foot360$2,529
+ Labor Cost$38per hour60$2,280
Total Cost$13.36per foot360$4,809


Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 linear feet of 48” tall vinyl picket fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Vinyl picket fence: 1-1/2" pickets with 2"  spacing, 2  rails of 2x4 , 4x4  posts at 8' OC; concrete post holes; including waste.$14.23per foot380$5,408
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 48" tall and with closing latches.$397each2$794
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day5$125
Material Cost$17.57per foot360$6,327
+ Labor Cost$38per hour80$3,040
Total Cost$26per foot360$9,367


Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 linear feet of 48” tall redwood split rail fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Redwood split rail fence: 4" round rails and 8" posts at 8' OC; concrete post holes; including waste.$17.65per foot380$6,708
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 48" tall and with closing latches.$461each2$923
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day4$100
Material Cost$21per foot360$7,731
+ Labor Cost$38per hour60$2,280
Total Cost$28per foot360$10,011


Other considerations and costs

  • Adding vinyl privacy weave into the chainlink will add about $6 per linear foot of fence including labor, or about $2,160 extra in the 48” chainlink example above.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • 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 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.

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