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A chain-link fence around a residential or commercial property adds security, provides child and pet safety, and defines property boundaries. Fencing professionals can replace an existing fence that’s been damaged or install a new fence around property lines. Most pros can also help with gates for chain-link fences, including rolling gates that allow cars in and out of a driveway or decorative gates for the entrance to a front walk. Installing a chain-link fence is a relatively quick process that often can be completed in one day. Several factors affect the cost of installing a chain-link fence.

Linear feet

Fence lines are measured in linear feet. If a future fence will surround an entire yard or property, it’s possible to determine how much fencing is required by simply measuring the property lines. It’s important to make sure the 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 fence can change depending on the features selected. Here are two examples from Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair:

  • Galvanized chain-link fence: Approximately $12 per linear foot

    • The price includes installation and materials.

    • 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 installation and materials.

    • Powder coating adds a more polished finish that is commonly used in residential installations.

Height

The height of the fence affects the total project cost. Chain-link fences can be anywhere from 4 to 10 feet high. Often local building codes require front yard fences not to exceed 4 feet. According to Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, someone might have a 4-foot 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 could vary based on height. Here are two examples of how height impacts price per linear foot from Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair:

  • 4-foot-high galvanized chain-link fence: $12 per linear foot, including installation and materials

  • 10-foot-high galvanized chain-link fence (for use on an outdoor basketball court): $17–$18 per linear foot, including installation and materials

Gates

The number and type of gates in a chain-link fence affect the total cost of the project. Gates have a higher material cost than standard chain-link stretched between posts. They can also require specialty posts that have more strength and may require more installation labor. 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 price examples from Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair:

  • Standard swing gate: $100 for materials and installation

  • Commercial rolling gates (such as a 28-foot gate on a wheeled caster system): $800–$1,000 for materials and installation

Installation

According to Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, chain link is relatively simple to install. If the fence is under 150 linear feet, it can usually be installed in one day. One way to estimate time 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, they fill that post hole with concrete, then pound 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 taut between posts.

Labor charges can increase if there is an excess of foliage, debris or ground covering that must be cleared before the fence can be installed. Not all fencing companies provide removal services, says Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, so don’t assume they will handle it. It’s a good idea to find out upfront whether or not a contractor provides landscape removal services.

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