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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Wood Fence?

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$2,730
Typical Range
$1,698 - $3,985
Low End
$880
High End
$6,000

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Homeowners pay an average of $2,730 to install a wood fence. The average range for this project is between $1,698 and $3,985, but it can cost as little as $900 or as much as $5,950 depending on the fence’s length and structure.

Installing a wooden fence is a big project. Most people realize the expense of the posts, pickets, and rails but fail to account the price of gates, hardware, and sealant. The costs can vary widely depending on size and height; taller structures can be quite a bit more expensive. Even the type of wood used can influence the overall price of the job. A professional contractor can ensure you end up with the right materials and a fence that will last.

On This Page:

  1. Costs per Foot & Linear Foot
  2. Average Prices to Install or Build
  3. DIY Building Materials
  4. Replacement Estimator
  5. Other Considerations
  6. Wood Costs vs. Vinyl, Metal, & Chain Link
  7. Hiring a Pro

Wooden Fencing Costs per Foot & Linear Foot

Expect to pay $8 to $16 per foot for the lumber to build a fence. The biggest price factor will be the type of wood you choose. If you work with a professional, he/she will provide it. Pros can usually purchase materials for less than a homeowner can.

Wood is one of the most commonly used fencing materials, and it can last a long time if treated correctly and maintained. Fences are often made from pine, redwood, cedar, or other lumbers that are resilient when wet. Though it usually has a natural look, you can stain or paint it any color.

Average Fence Prices
Wood TypePrice per 6-Foot Tall Picket
Pressure-Treated Pine$1-$5
Cedar$2-$3
Cypressabout $2
Western Red Cedar$6-$8
Redwoodabout $8
Spruceabout $5
Composite$6-$10
White Oak$5-$10
Black Locust$5-$10
Tropical Hardwoods$8-$15

Pine, Cedar, & Cypress

Not all wood is equal. Pine, cedar, and cypress are common choices with cedar and cypress costing more at about $2 to $3 per 6 feet compared to lower-quality pine that ranges between $1 and $5.

Because of how the materials themselves differ, some builders recommend using pine for the posts and cedar for the pickets to maximize overall durability and longevity. The reason behind this is that treated, decay-resistant pine performs better in the ground while cedar is more resistant to the effects of sun and rain. The lower expense of pine posts compared to cedar posts that run twice as much can make a difference in the project budget without compromising quality.

Western Red Cedar

At a price of $6 to $8 per 6 feet, western red cedar is a good, mid-priced option. It is also resistant to weather damage, moisture, and rot.

Redwood

More expensive than other choices at $8 per 6 feet, redwood is one of the most appealing materials to the eye. Stain or seal it to avoid color change with time and exposure to the elements.

Spruce

An economical choice at $5 per 6 feet, the whitish-gray color of spruce is attractive without painting. However, it’s not as durable as other varieties and, without treatment, is prone to warping and insect infestation.

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Composite

Manufactured, composite fencing consists of recycled plastics and wood fibers, making it durable, versatile, and environmentally friendly. Some brands even come with warranties. The cost for 6 feet of wood generally ranges $6 to $10.

White Oak

White oak is priced in the middle to high end of the range at $5 to $10 for 6 feet, but it is also weather resistant. In some cases, it will warp or bow.

Black Locust

Tough and requires very little maintenance. Many horse owners use it. Black locust averages between $5 and $10 per 6 feet of wood.

Tropical Hardwoods

Creates beautiful structures that are extremely hard, durable, dense, and heavy. However, they are some of the highest priced woods, ranging between $8 and $15 per 6 feet. Budget 20% to 50% more for this type.

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Average Costs to Install or Build a New Wood Fence

No matter which type of lumber you choose, labor will run between $30 and $50 per hour for several laborers. The type of fence you need and the fence design you choose will determine exact labor rates.

Privacy Fencing

A 4- to 6-foot tall privacy fence typically runs between $10 and $30 per foot to install, including materials. Depending on the type of wood you choose and the type of structure you need, installation can cost range from $8 up to $100 per foot. Materials alone usually run $7 to $15 per foot but be $4 to $75 per foot.

Full privacy fences feature boards with no space in between, prohibiting both visual and physical access to your yard. In semi-private fencing, boards have spaces in between them, allowing some visual access to the yard as well as added sunlight and wind.

6-Foot-Tall Privacy Fence Costs
MaterialEstimate Cost Per FootFeatures
Full Privacy Treated Pine$12pressure-treated, concrete posts
Semi-Private Treated Pine$192” spacing
Full Privacy Western Red Cedar$15pressure-treated, concrete posts
Semi-Private Western Red Cedar$262” spacing

Picket Fence

Expect to pay $10 to $75 per linear foot for a 3- to 4-foot tall unit, including professional installation. Depending on wood type, structure height, and options, materials alone cost between $3 and $30 per foot. Exact price will depend on variables such as inclusion of a gate and complexity of the design.

Split Rail (2, 3, or 4 Rails)

Also known as ranch-style or post-and-rail, a split rail fence with two to four rails costs about $8 to $25 per linear foot, including materials and installation. Materials typically run between $3 and $9 per foot.

Exact price will depend on factors like type of lumber, number of rails, and type of terrain. For example, less expensive pine will require treatment, while more expensive cedar or redwood is naturally insect resistant. Structures on sloping or difficult-to-access properties will likely take more time to install.

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DIY Building Materials

While a professional quote will be all inclusive, a DIY project will require the following tools, materials, and equipment:

Tools:

  • Finish nailer - $50 to $150
  • Portable air compressor and hose - $70 to $200
  • Finish nailer/air compressor combo packs - $200 to $300
  • Cordless drill - $50 to $200
  • Drill bits - $10 to $50
  • Screws - $10 to $20

Materials:

  • 4x4-inch pressure-treated posts - 4 at $20 to $25 each
  • 2x4-inch pressure-treated lumber - $3 to $10 depending on size
  • 1x6-inch pickets - See above for pricing .

Equipment:

  • Manual post hole digger/auger - $15 to $110
  • Power auger - $60 to $600 to purchase, $50 to $95 to rent for one day

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Wood Fence Replacement Estimator

In addition to the cost of labor and materials to build a new unit, removing and disposing of existing fencing can run between $2 and $5 per linear foot. As an example, a 100-foot structure would cost $200 to $500 to remove.

Cost Considerations

A number of important factors go into calculating the final price. These include the length and height of the structure, the type of wood used in construction, and the cost of the gates and other features or additions such as post caps and lattice work. Because of this variety, it is possible to have a fence built that fits into many budgets, from luxury options to more basic choices. Zoning permits and land conditions may also impact overall price.

Size/Horizontal Length

A typical, 200-foot structure will run about $3,200, or $16 per linear foot. Longer fences cost more, of course, but polygonal structures that are not square or rectangular involve additional charges associated with more posts, hardware, and labor. These must be factored into the budget for the project.

Height

The height of the structure also affects project expenses, with shorter fences costing less than taller ones. The difference between 6-foot and 8-foot pine pickets, both popular heights for privacy structures, varies from a few pennies per individual picket to much more than that depending on the material. However, even those few cents will add up, especially for longer fences. Expect to spend an additional 20% to 30% overall on lumber for the taller structure, putting your costs at the top end of the per-foot price range for the type of wood you choose.

Homeowners should ask themselves how much coverage they really need. For those trying to secure the family dog, few small dogs can leap six feet. Digging underneath is a possibility best thwarted by installing a reinforcing bar. For those who are seeking to block road noise or prying neighbors, 8-foot structures might prove the better choice, depending on the topography of the lot.

Gates

Gates cost $200 to $600 depending on material and complexity to build or install. Generally, gate prices start at about 25 percent more than a single panel of the same material. Even for areas that are accessible through the exterior door of the home, they are a useful feature. In addition to function, they can significantly enhance visual appeal.

Wooden fences do not necessarily need wooden gates. A homeowner may select a gate made from wrought iron, chain link, or mixed materials, some of which are harder on the budget than others. For gates facing the front of a property, spending extra can add curb appeal. For rear- or side-facing gates, save money by choosing a less expensive option such as chain link or wood.

Size also influences price. A standard gate is usually 4 feet wide. Gates large enough to move a vehicle through can cost much more, especially if automated. For most yards, a standard design works well and will generally accommodate a wheelbarrow and riding lawnmower if necessary.

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Sealants, Stains, & Painting

Staining runs from $1 to $2.25 per square foot, while painting runs from $1.50 to $3 per square foot. A homeowner can buy fence paint by the gallon for $15 to $30.

In addition to painting or staining, it's always a good idea to apply waterproof sealant to wood to protect it from the elements. Exterior stain sealant ranges from $100 to $200 for 5 gallons, which will cover ⅛ to ¼ acre of fencing. Apply sealant after a stain or alone.

In general, you should reapply sealants every 6 to 24 months, depending on manufacturer recommendations. Clear products are the most common, although sealants with pigment are growing in popularity.

Lattice & Other Styles

Lattice work, post caps, and toppers are popular add-on items, giving structures more individuality and flair. Of these options, fence panels with lattice work are the most expensive. However, they add height and style. It isn't uncommon for lattice work to double the price per panel. Generally, the more complex the design, the more expensive the panel will be.

Lattice Panel Prices
QualityMaterialPrice Per Linear Foot
Low-QualityPlastic$1.50-$3.50
Low-QualityWood$2-$4.25
High-QualityVinyl$12-$24
High-QualityWood$8-$20

Post Caps/Fence Toppers ($5 to $50 each)

At $5 to $50 each, post caps and toppers can be somewhat affordable or expensive, depending on the type and number used in the project. Post caps made of low-end materials such as vinyl or wood will be less expensive. High-end versions made of copper and solar-powered models used for illumination will be at the top of the range.

Toppers include rails for the top of the structure to give it a more finished appearance. Exact price will depend on material, size, and features such as beam ends, which make the rail even more polished-looking. Lattice toppers are also available as an alternative to pre-assembled lattice panels.

Horse or Farm Fencing

Farmers typically install split rail units in farms and pastures. When housing livestock, homeowners may want to consider installing an electric fence to prevent animals from escaping.

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Wood Fence Costs vs. Vinyl, Metal, & Chain Link

Wooden structures generally cost more to put in than wrought iron or chain link versions and less than those made of vinyl/PVC or aluminum.

Fence Costs
TypeEstimated Average
Wood$1,700-$3,900
Vinyl or PVC$2,000-$4,950
Chain Link$1,000-$2,800
Aluminum/Steel$2,000-$5,050
Wrought Iron$1,300-$4,225

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Hiring a Pro

Installing a wood fence is a physically demanding job that requires at least two people with a variety of skill sets, from pouring concrete to stringing line to using advanced power tools. In most cases, the average homeowner will not possess the equipment to do the job. Hiring a professional can save you time and money in the long run.

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