The average cost of installing a fence is between $13 and $50 per linear foot. The average total cost of installing a fence is approximately $1,100, but costs can go over $5,000. Length of the fence, materials used and add-ons such as gates can affect how much you end up paying for a fence installation.
Average cost of fence installation:
|National average cost||$1,100|
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What's in this fence cost guide?
- How to estimate the cost of installing a fence
- How much does a chain link fence cost?
- How much does a wood fence cost?
- How much does a vinyl fence cost?
- How much does a wrought-iron fence cost?
- How much does a pool fence cost?
- How much does adding a gate cost?
- Tips before starting your fence installation project
You can estimate the cost of installing a fence by determining how much fencing is required to surround your yard or property. Fences are measured and priced by the linear foot, so simply measuring your property lines can give you an idea of the price range to expect. It can also help contractors provide you a more accurate bid.
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Information on property lines can be found in your deed, or in land surveys provided to you when you purchased the property. Identify the property lines, then measure and record the linear feet. You want to make sure to stay within your property lines to avoid legal troubles (or unfriendly glances from your neighbors).
Fence height can also affect price. Fences can be any height as long as it adheres to local building codes, though they typically range between 4 and 8 feet tall. Professionals can also install any number and type of gates in a new fence, including walk-throughs and larger gates on rolling caster systems that permit cars to enter a property.
Cost of fence installation per linear foot can also vary depending on the materials. Chain link is often a cost-effective fence type, while wrought iron is the priciest. Wood, vinyl and composite materials are also great options, and their prices vary by quality of material. Here's a look at the total cost -- not the per-linear-foot cost -- of installing chain link, vinyl and wood fences.
Average fence installation costs, by material:
Chain Link Fence
Keep reading to learn more about the per-linear-foot cost of installing different types of fences.
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How much does a chain link fence cost?
On average, chain link fences 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.
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We surveyed some of our pros, Secure Superstructures and Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair, on the installation cost of a chain-link fencing project in different zip codes.
|Fence Height||Fence Type||Average Cost Per Linear Foot||Location||Thumbtack Pro|
|4 Foot High||Galvanized Chain Link Fence||$8 - $14||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|4 Foot High||Galvanized Chain Link Fence||$12||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
|4 Foot High||Black Powder-Coated Galvanized Chain Link Fence||$15||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
|6 Foot High||Galvanized Chain Link Fence||$10-$16||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|10 Foot High||Galvanized Chain Link Fence||$17-$18||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
Slightly more expensive, wood fences cost between $15 and $50 per linear foot on average, and are often considered more eye-pleasing than chain-link fences.
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Popular wood choices include pressure-treated pine and cedar—these deter bugs and rot and are more affordable than specialty choices such as redwood, although cedar costs more than pressure-treated pine. Keep in mind that wood requires regular maintenance such as annual staining or painting. We surveyed Thumbtack pros on the cost to install a wood fence:
|Fence Height||Fence Type||Average Cost Per Linear Foot||Location||Thumbtack Pro|
|4 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence||$13-20||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|4 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence||$18||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
|6 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence||$15||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|6 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence||$17||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
|6 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence, Double Sided||$25||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
|6 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence with Custom Lattice Top||$25||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|12 Foot High||Pressure Treated Pine Fence with Custom Detailing||$75||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|N/A||Cedar Fence||$25||Martinsville, Indiana||Secure Superstructures|
|N/A||Cedar Fence||$18-19||Orlando, Florida||Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair|
On average, vinyl fences cost between $19 and $35 per linear foot. Though more expensive than wood, vinyl fences are growing in popularity. Vinyl can replicate wood fence styles, comes in a variety of colors and designs, and is easy to clean and keeps its luster without the annual maintenance required of wood.
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Expect to pay between $24 and $34 per linear foot in material costs to build a wrought-iron fence. Wrought-iron is a durable fencing material that can withstand harsh conditions and will require few repairs throughout the years.
Pool fences are typically 200 to 350 feet in circumference, and most cost approximately $2,500 and $10,000, based on a national average, including build and materials. Pool fences must meet specific safety codes that affect their base height and space between bars. A lower base height and smaller gaps help prevent children or pets from gaining unsupervised access.
Luke Beerman of Freedom Fence Builders in Raleigh, North Carolina, says that most pool fences are constructed of black aluminum. For a 4-foot-high, black aluminum pool fencing, Freedom Fence Builders charges approximately $20 per linear foot, including build and materials.
Expect to pay roughly $16, on average, per linear foot to install a privacy fence. These types of fences are more like thin walls, so you'll pay more in material costs to install privacy fences compared to standard fencing.
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Privacy fences are designed to separate your space from surrounding neighbors, and provide a comfortable enclosure for your yard or patio. Privacy fences also keep pets and children safe in the yard.
Wood privacy fences are popular choices for backyards and patios as they provide an effective barrier without distracting from the overall design of the outdoor space.
Gates come in all shapes and sizes, from simple swing-style to elaborate custom creations. The style and material affect the total fencing project cost. Here are a few examples of gate costs in different fencing materials, each based on national average pricing:
|Type of Gate||Installation Cost|
|4-foot chain-link swing gate||$100|
|28-foot chain-link wheeled gate||$800-$1,000|
|Single wood gate||$75|
|Double wood gate||$150|
|4-foot vinyl gate||$300-400|
|8-foot vinyl double gate||$800|
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- 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.