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How much does a chain link fence cost?

How much does a chain link fence cost?

On average, it costs between $8 and $18 per linear foot to install a chain link fence nationwide. The length and height of the fence are the primary factors that affect the total cost of the fence installation project.

Most pros can also install gates along with a new chain link fence, including rolling gates that allow cars in and out of a driveway or decorative gates for the entrance to a front walk. Chain link fence prices vary, so let's look at the factors that determine the average costs for fencing materials and fence installation.

What’s in this cost guide?

Chain-link fences on average cost between $8 and $18 per linear foot, making them the most cost effective type of fence you can install. They're made of steel that may be coated in zinc (galvanized), aluminum, vinyl, or another coating that will protect the metal from rust and corrosion. Here are a few examples of how different materials and lengths affect the total cost of fence installation:

Chain Link Fence Installation Cost (National Average)

  • 4-foot-high galvanized chain-link fence: $8 - $14 per linear foot
  • 4-foot-high, black powder-coated, galvanized chain-link fence: $15 per linear foot
  • 6-foot-high galvanized chain-link fence: $10–$16 per linear foot
  • 10-foot-high galvanized chain-link fence: $17–$18 per linear foot

How Fence Length Affects Cost

Chain link fence costs are calculated by counting the linear feet. If a future chain link fence will surround an entire yard or property, it’s possible to determine how much fencing material is required by simply measuring the property lines. It’s important to make sure the chain link fence is installed within the property lines. Many regions also have local building codes that apply to fence heights. Toni-Ann Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair in Orlando, Florida, says that the price per linear foot of chain link fence can change depending on the features selected and type of fencing materials used. Here are two examples of chain link fence prices from Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair:

  • Galvanized chain link fence: Approximately $12 per linear foot
    • The price includes fence installation and material costs.
    • Galvanized steel is treated to be rust- and corrosion-resistant, making it durable in all weather. This choice is commonly used in commercial spaces.
  • Black powder-coated galvanized chain link fence: Approximately $15 per linear foot
    • The price includes fence installation and material costs.
    • Powder coating adds a more polished finish that is commonly used in residential fence installations.

How Fence Height Affects Cost

The height of the chain link fence also affects the total cost. Chain link fences can be anywhere from 4 to 10 feet high. Tall chain links are fairly uncommon, however, because local building codes often require front yard fences not to exceed 4 feet. According to Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, someone might have a 4-foot chain link fence in the front yard and an 8-foot privacy fence in the backyard. For this reason, the cost per linear foot of a fence installation can vary based on height.

The number and type of gates also affect the total cost for chain link fence installation. Gates have a higher material cost than standard chain link fencing material stretched between posts. They can also require specialty posts that have more strength and may require more hours of installation. Gate styles range from simple swing gates for entrances into front yards to large commercial rolling gates that operate on a caster system. Here are some starting costs from Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair:

Cost to Install a Chain Link Gate

  • Standard swing gate: $100 for fencing materials and fence installation.
  • Commercial rolling gates: $800–$1,000 for fencing materials and fence installation.

How to Estimate Labor Costs

According to Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, chain link fence installation is relatively simple. If the fence is under 150 linear feet, it can usually be installed in one day. One way to estimate the time it will take for chain link fence installation is to add one day of labor for each additional 100 linear feet of fence after the first 150 feet. Most fence installation pros dig post holes one foot deep into the earth for the chain-link posts. The fence installers then fill that post hole with concrete, before pounding the post into the (still wet) concrete with a special tool to provide the strength and rigidity that pole needs to hold the chain link fencing taut between posts.

Labor costs can increase if there is an excess of foliage, debris or ground covering that must be cleared before the chain link fence can be installed. Not all fencing professionals provide removal services, says Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, so don’t assume they will handle it. Before you start this type of home-improvement project, it’s a good idea to find out whether a fence installation pro provides landscape removal services.

Tips Before You Start Your Fence Installation Project

  • Contact your city and check if a permit is required. If a building permit is required for installing a fence, that cost will be rolled into the total price. Toni-Ann Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair says that each municipality has its own rules and regulations. Costs in the Orlando area range from $25–$300 for a permit, depending on which municipality issues the permit.
  • Check if your land is graded (even and level). If your land is tilted, labor costs may increase because fences are more challenging to install on uneven land.

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