Fencing Cost Guides

For some, the American Dream has a picket fence around it. For others, it's wrought iron. Most homes have some kind of fencing. Fences can serve as decoration, property line markers, security features or all three. How much you'll pay for your fencing will depend on the height and length you need as well as the materials you choose. Most fencing installation professionals will charge a cost per linear foot that will include both their labor and the materials cost.

Wood Fencing

Wood is one of the most commonly used fencing materials and, if treated correctly, can last a long time. Wooden fences are often made from woods, such as redwood or cedar, that are resilient when wet. Pine is the most common wood for fencing. It's cheap and sturdy but must be pre-treated for outdoor use. Wooden fence posts need to be embedded in cement below the surface of the ground to be strong enough to withstand water and high winds. Wood fencing retain a natural look with stain or can be painted any color. But be prepared to re-stain or repaint every few years.  Continue Reading

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Metal Fencing

If you're looking for strong, metal, and particularly steel, might be the way to go. Commonly used for commercial properties, steel is among the most durable fencing you can buy and will hold up well to abuse, though it might be susceptible to rust, especially if you live in a coastal region. Chain link fencing is some of the most affordable fencing you can install. A chain link fence works well for delineating perimeters of your property or keeping animals from getting out. It's fairly durable, and will hold up to the elements with little or no maintenance. But it won't win any beauty contests. This is material made for function, not form.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing is affordable, lightweight, durable and simple to install. Although this may make vinyl fencing sound like the perfect fencing material, it does have a few drawbacks. It is not a good material for security fencing, as it can be more easily cut than metal or many woods. Also, although some vinyl and other synthetic fencing attempts to mimic the look of wood, most still end up looking plastic.

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum won't rust, and the pre-coated fences require little repair or maintenance and can last a long time. But they're not the best for security, as aluminum is easily bent.

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron is some of the most artful and elegant fencing you can buy. Most wrought iron fences are custom made for the individual and therefore are designed specifically to match your style and home. If installed correctly, wrought iron will literally last, and look perfect, for a lifetime. That makes them a perfect choice for historic homes. But be prepared to pay quite a bit more.