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Installing a wooden fence is a big project. Most people realize the expense of the fence posts, pickets and rails but may fail to take into account the price of gates, hardware and sealant. The costs can vary widely depending on the size of the fence and its height; taller fences can be quite a bit more costly. Even the type of wood used can influence the overall cost of the job.


Not all wood is created equal. Pine, cedar and cypress are common choices for fence building with cedar and cypress costing more than lower-quality pine. Because of how the woods 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 resist to the effects of sun and rain. The lower expense of pine fence posts compared to cedar posts that cost twice as much can make a difference in the project budget without compromising quality.

Redwood is another choice, although it is far more expensive than other options. The primary advantage redwood has is aesthetic value, although it must be stained or treated to avoid turning grey with age and exposure. In the short term, redwood is certainly more eye-catching than other natural woods.

Wood Fence Sealants

In addition to painting or staining, it's always a good idea to apply waterproof sealant to a wooden fence to protect it from the elements. The sealant is applied after a stain or alone. In general, most sealants should be reapplied every six to 24 months, depending on manufacturer recommendations. Clear products are the most common, although sealants with pigment are growing in popularity.

Size in Linear Feet

The length of a fence, usually given in linear feet, is another factor that determines the overall cost of the project. Longer fences cost more, of course, but polygonal fences that are not square or rectangular involve additional costs associated with more posts, hardware and labor. These must be factored into the budget for the project.

Height of the Fence

The height of the fence also affects the 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 fences, varies from a few pennies per individual picket to much more than that; however, even those few cents will add up, especially for longer fences.

Homeowners should ask themselves how much fence they really need. For those trying to fence in the family dog, few small dogs can leap a 6-foot fence, but without proper precautions, digging underneath is a possibility best thwarted with the installation of reinforcing bar. For those who are seeking to block road noise or prying neighbors, 8-foot fences might prove the better choice, depending on the topography of the lot.


As a rule, gates cost more than standard paneling but are a useful feature, even for fenced areas that are accessible through the exterior door of the home. In addition to function, gates can also be decorative showpieces that significantly enhance the appeal of the fence. As a rule of thumb, gate costs start at about 25 percent more than a single panel of the same material.

Gates do not necessarily need to be made of wood. They can be constructed 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, this is a place where some money could be saved by choosing a lower-cost option such as chain link or a plain wooden gate.

The size of the gate required also influences the price. In general, a standard gate is 4 feet wide. Gates large enough to move a vehicle through can cost much more, especially for automated driveway gates. For most yards, a standard gate works well and will generally accommodate a wheelbarrow and riding lawnmower if necessary.

Additional Features

Lattice work, post caps and fence toppers are popular add-on items for wooden fences, giving them more individuality and flair. Of these options, fence panels with lattice work are the most expensive; however, they add height and style to the fence. 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.

Post caps and fence toppers can be somewhat more affordable, depending on the type and number used in the project. At the high end of the range are products such as solar-powered post caps for illumination.

Fence toppers include rails for the top of the fence to give it a more finished appearance. These cost a few dollars per section depending on the wood type, length and widths required, and beam ends make the rail even more polished-looking. Lattice fence toppers are also available as an alternative to pre-assembled latticed panels.

Cost Considerations for Wood Fencing

A number of important factors go into calculating the final cost of a wood fence. These include the length and height of the fence, 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, cost-saving choices.

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Bill Blazek More than 1 year ago
Needs cost per linear foot, materials vs installation, type of fencing, etc. etc. The range of number given is meaningless without this info.
Robert ( Bob ) Dengler Jr. More than 1 year ago
Although a lot of this information is helpful, the bottom line is what people really want to know, like, how much do the different types of fence cost per linear foot, then we the customer, can figure out at least a ballpark figure to see if we want to take the next step of calling somebody to come to the house, give us some kind of clue as to what things cost !
Andy Marshall More than 1 year ago
Price per foot for cedar fencing would be helpful
Laura Pruitt More than 1 year ago
I have received quotes such as $3000 to $5000 (really a $2k spread, unbelievable) to $30, $25, $23 a linear foot to $14 for Pine and $17 for Cedar per linear ft...I really hate that there is such a large range and it all seems random with arbitrary numbers just thrown out there to see if you are willing to pay whatever price pops into their head. There should be a standard and when Home Advisor screens these guys they should be told that price gouging is unprofessional and unacceptable.
CARLOS ROBLES More than 1 year ago
Horst Jung More than 1 year ago
Need some pric per foot to install wood fence food 100feed long incl poles and one gates
Anthony Tucker More than 1 year ago
Total cost for materials and insulation per linear foot type of wood
Carolyn Chambers More than 1 year ago
I would like quote to include all material cost AND option quote if I buy all materials and have someone to install.
Kefa Wainaina More than 1 year ago
Give me a call and lets talk about this project

John Dobson More than 1 year ago
Need a quote to into include all material cost AND installation
Joel Garner More than 1 year ago
Food for thought. This presented several options I had not considered.
Dianne Dirscherl More than 1 year ago
Need total price for wooden fence.approximately 40 feet
nancy lentis More than 1 year ago
all I wanted was an estimate for a fence of most inexpensive material with only 1 gate and no frills or extras.  If wood will do sealant ourself - just put a fence up
Dinah Burton More than 1 year ago
Good information for planning. What is the cost?
Suzanne Burns More than 1 year ago
The fence is to keep small dogs in the 12 x12 fenced area 
Gregory Cole More than 1 year ago
I need 75 ft of wood PRIVACY fence one side no gate wooded area. Any cost estimates.

ERIKA Handley More than 1 year ago
I need the price just for the labor since I already have the fence. And $1000.00 is too much to much 25 feet of fence.
Will Hobdy More than 1 year ago
Cost per lf would be an improvement
Debra DeFazio More than 1 year ago
Very thorough and now I hope to get a call.
Kyle Parks More than 1 year ago
The information helped me get and idea how to talk to the fence company.
delores fish More than 1 year ago
we were estamated 6385.00 for labor materials for 6fr cedar fence was 1972 for concrete screws fencing and posts. also rental of auger 304.00..  sprinkler was a problem  and said it would cost 
1100. and sprayer rental 300. so ar the total is 7284.13  comes to 64.00 sq dr  this seems 
excessive . please advise frustrated   delores
bob williams More than 1 year ago
yes excessive,  2 man auger is $70 a day with rental protection. expect to pay 1 to 1.5x the cost of materials. that's what i charge.
Jeffrey Ikerd More than 1 year ago
Split rail fencing is not mentioned. Also how much per 10ft section
saifut khan More than 1 year ago
Fernando Estrada More than 1 year ago
consider weather conditions  on where the fence sit ,how much exposure to the elements  ,water ,snow etc ... these are important when considering the types of timber and size and style
Joyce Nelson More than 1 year ago
The information on wood types was most helpful. I will have to get information from the city regarding building codes and additional requirements.  This will be an interesting process.
Kartik Subramanian More than 1 year ago
Looking for approx pricing to replace a 93 linear feet of fencing and additional 10 feet gate - all 6 feet high with 2x12 kickboards, 4x4 posts, 4x6 post for gate, board-on-board style with 1 feet triple lattice using redwood
Marilyn Wright More than 1 year ago
I agree with all of the previous comments regarding the absence of pricing numbers. I would have thought that anyone writing an article on this topic would know the range of prices per LF for the 3 primary woods. Then the author could have normalized all the data to the cheapest wood's LF pricing to create a table of 4', 6', and 8' tall fences. Add the price factor for lattice work and then provide a range for the cost of materials and cost of labor. This was a fluff piece
frank ryan More than 1 year ago
Have sent the address I need a real estimate to fix up the fence in a shourt interval...
MARCIA BARNETT More than 1 year ago
I agree with the others that commented. It would be nice to have more details, so that we could compare average prices with the estimate we got. It might save time in getting several estimates. 
Tracey Marshall More than 1 year ago
I am having a privacy fence installed, or re installed actually. Its 240 ft poles are already there, I live in TX. What should labor cost? 
Louise Pierce More than 1 year ago
The fence cost are not really helpful if they are not putting in length and height of fence of price per SQ FT
LUIS PIERROTT More than 1 year ago
Needs cost per linear foot with cedar or Redwood material
Alex Valverde More than 1 year ago
I would like to have costs for 1.  All supplies (with 2 gates) and labor; 2.  Just labor and I personally buy the supplies.  I would like to install cedar fencing.
Remy Arenas More than 1 year ago
Need to know the price per linear foot, for 102 feet and 3 gates.  If possible need to know the total cost.of the project.
marilyn Singh More than 1 year ago
does the pricing referenced include material and labor?
Patricia DiSimone More than 1 year ago
thank you.  i will go out to Loews on Clements Bridge Road this week and talk with a rep. there.
Brodie Leap More than 1 year ago
This isn't very helpful to homeowners. In my experience the average TOTAL cost per linear foot equals $22.32. This includes materials, labor, consumables, equipment coverage, and insurance factor.
James Hotaling More than 1 year ago
Can I get a price per lin ft
Angel Sierra More than 1 year ago
Needs cost per linear foot, materials vs installation, what if i supply the materials? just need instalation
Susan Dykema More than 1 year ago
I agree, needs to be a way to list linear feet and height of fence....good grief,  
Roger Lankheet More than 1 year ago
What about a temp fence during construction?  Neighbor has a pool and we have a shared fence - also concerned about some sort of deterrent (for security purposes).
susan cristelli More than 1 year ago
Price per foot would be helpful.
I also need cost to remove existing
Clifton Prickett More than 1 year ago
Needs average cost per linear feet.
John Delaney More than 1 year ago
need estimate remove & disposal install new 6ft x 112ft fence. no gate. life expectancy at lease 10 years.
Lynne Daniel More than 1 year ago
I would like to buy the materials myself and have someone install the fence
Debbie Crowell More than 1 year ago
I only have 42 total feed to install and I am buying the panels and poles from Lowes. it is 21 feet per side of driveway. So what would that cost . 900 dollars is way too high. you are only having to dig a few poles and hammer or these poles have attachments . So what would the cost be.
Grace Taylor More than 1 year ago
This gives me an idea of how much I am expected to spend. Thank you great site.
Loretta Favell More than 1 year ago
I am looking forward to having someone come out to help me with this project.
ELOISE ELFAND More than 1 year ago

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