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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Chain Link Fence?

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Chain link fencing is a relatively cheap option to check out if something needs to be confined in one area. This fencing is a popular option for pet owners. It provides them an easy way to keep their animals in one space at all times. When exploring chain link fencing options, make sure to check out different prices from different stores. One store might be offering a discount on a certain type of fencing at any given time. Chain link fences might differ in the way that they are sold. Some might be sold by the foot while others are sold at different lengths. It all depends on who is selling the product. When shopping, keep the labor costs and additional costs in mind.

Chain Link Versatility for Pets

An effective use for chain link fencing is to keep pets confined in one area. Most animals do not like being caged up all day inside. They need to experience the fresh air and be able to run free. Many owners fear that they will run away if they are kept outside. They also fear that other wild animals might attack them. Letting a dog run around in a confined backyard for only 30 minutes a day will help to keep them much healthier. Most owners will just keep an eye on them or play with them during this period of time. It is easy to get their exercise in for the day with chain link fencing. Some owners will use invisible fencing because there is nothing taking up their space. These fences are known for their inability to work during the most crucial times.

A chain link fence will always keep a pet under control. There are no electronics used with a physical fence. If the dog has dug under the fence, this is a potential danger. It is important to keep an eye on them and check for spots that they might have dug out. They are easy to spot because a dog is usually not smart enough to cover up their tracks.

Different Pricing Options

Chain link fences have been used for a long time in many different applications. They are used in steel cage matches in professional wrestling. They can also be used for baseball field backstops. This gives the baseball hitter a mark to aim for. They need to hit it over this fence to score a home run. What all of these uses have in common is that they require different lengths and sizing. A wrestling match cage will need to be much higher than a baseball backstop, although it will need less feet than a backstop. A backstop will need to be much longer but still have some height to it. This information, in addition to labor costs, can really drive up the price of this fencing option.

When checking out the prices in a store, make sure that the price they give is taken with a grain of salt. They will want to make the price as attractive as they can to potential customers. After the customer bites the bait, they will try to do everything they can to sell their fencing. It is something that many companies use as a tactic. Car dealerships might put $78 on the windshield of a car. This price is the ownership cost per week. This adds up to almost $280 per month in the end. Be careful to not get too excited at the opening cost of owning a certain fence.

Labor Costs

Most companies will try to get the overall price of a total package down as much as they can. This is not an easy thing to do when labor costs are almost as much as the fencing cost. Five hours of labor is almost as much as the cost of the fencing itself. Installing chain link fencing requires many fine adjustments at first. The foundation posts need to be mapped out and installed to less than an inch of perfection. Without these precise measurements, the fence might not stand up for too long. The posts also need to be cemented into the ground. Some companies will take further measurements while this is drying.

It is important to keep an eye on the installer to make sure they are not getting paid to watch the cement dry. This can really rack up the total costs. Most legitimate companies will set the posts and come back the next day to start installing the fencing. The pricing of five hours of labor is just an estimate of what it might cost to install a fence. The type of fencing plays a large role in how much the labor costs will be.

Other Hidden Costs

There are many other hidden charges in a chain link fencing job. The fencing and labor will be the majority of the cost total though. Other factors that need to be taken into consideration are the cost of installation tools and parts. The installer will need to purchase different rivets, screws and bolts to complete a job. This adds up over the length of a fencing job. The tools they use will also need to be rented most of the time. The customer will be charged for this tool rental fee.

When checking into an estimate, make sure to find out if the company uses their own tools or rents them. It can save a lot of money in the end by asking this simple question. Sales tax is another cost that needs to be factored into the total. This is usually 6 percent of the total cost.

No Question Is A Dumb Question

Most people do not ask enough questions when they are looking to install a chain fence. They usually just call up the company and ask them for a quick quote. People who are on a budget will benefit greatly from asking lots of questions. It is better to ask too many questions than to not ask enough. A person's wallet will thank them in the end for asking them during a quote interview.

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Terry Mey More than 1 year ago
 Chain-link fence is also come in different thickneses of wire or "gauges" this also effect the cost of materials 
TONY DULLEY 12 months ago
How big were the yards in those price ranges? 
gail kiser More than 1 year ago
you were so right about the invisible pet fences not working at crucial times. I lost three dogs due to there collars not working , or running straight thru the line chasing another animal or the main computer going down. Really wished I had paid the extra money for chain link instead.
james roy More than 1 year ago
very helpful and appreciated the cost analysis.
Roberta Jackson More than 1 year ago
This was great information. I feel that I know the questions to ask with this project!
Nick Messina More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the info.
Kathleen Gilroy. More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the information on hidden costs.
Lori Lambrecht 4 months ago
wondering how big the yards were in the estimates given.
Megan Hines 5 months ago
Thanks for all the thoughts!
Gerard Caporale 5 months ago
Great info thanks
P Kenny 8 months ago
Thanks for the info
RITA HOLLOWAY 8 months ago
Good info.  Very helpful.
Carol Flanagan 9 months ago
Check zoning regs. I want an 8 ft fence but zoning allows only 6 ft. 
Also, I've found that labor is very much more than the cost of materials. You are paying for the expertise and experience. It's worth it when you get the right company.
Linda Gottschalk 10 months ago
Good information.  I know what questions to ask.
emilio abella 10 months ago
thank u for this info big help for us to make decisions for our projects.
Jason Lincoln 11 months ago
Very helpful with the cost analysis
Joelene Cheshire More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the information, we are wanting a fence to contain pets and allow them to get fresh air  and exercise at the same time.  Had a bad experience with the neighbor's dog attacking my daughter's men pen.  
marilyn kunzog More than 1 year ago

Thanks for all the info on "hidden" costs to ask contractor.

Helen Barto More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the information.