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Reviewed & Approved on July 6, 2020 by Jenny Halasz CMO, Artisan Construction Services, Inc. & President, JLH Marketing, Inc., Raleigh, NC.

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Wood Fence Costs

Homeowners pay an average of $2,878 to install a wood fence, or a range between $1,676 and $4,086. Wood fences cost $17 to $45 per linear foot. Lumber averages from $7 to $15 per foot while labor ranges from $10 to $30 per foot. The largest cost factors include the fence's length, height and wood type.

Installing a wooden fence is a big project. Most people account for the expense of the posts, pickets, and rails, but they may fail to consider the additional cost of gates, hardware, and paint or stain. Choose a local, professional fence builder to give you an accurate quote and ensure you end up with the right materials for a fence that will last.

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Wooden Fencing Costs Per Foot

the cost of lumber for a wood fence is $7 to $15 per foot

Expect to pay $7 to $15 per linear foot for the lumber to build a fence. Once you select your fence style and height, the biggest price factor will be the type of wood you choose. A professional builder will provide the wood along with any necessary fasteners or equipment. Pros can usually purchase materials for less than a homeowner can because they have bulk discounts available to them that homeowners do not.

Wood is one of the most commonly used fencing materials, and it can last a long time if it is treated and maintained properly. Fences are often made from treated pine, redwood, cedar or other lumber that is resistant to water, but you may need to seal it so that it does not warp or rot. Though it has a natural look, you may stain or paint lumber 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
White Oak$5 - $10
Black Locust$5 - $10
Composite$6 - $10
Tropical Hardwoods$8 - $15

Pine, Cedar, & Cypress Fencing

Pine, cedar, and cypress are common choices. Cedar and cypress cost about $2 to $3 per 6 foot picket, while pine ranges in quality and price at between $1 and $5 per 6 foot picket.

Because of how the materials themselves differ, some builders recommend using pine for the fence 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. Because cedar is typically twice as expensive as pine, using pine posts can make a big difference in the project budget without compromising quality.

Western Red Cedar Fencing

At a price of $6 to $8 per 6 foot picket, western red cedar is a good, mid-priced option. It is also resistant to weather damage, moisture and rot. This wood weathers naturally without the need for stain.

Redwood Fence Material

More expensive than other choices at $8 per 6 foot picket, redwood is one of the most attractive materials. To preserve the color and beauty of the natural wood, stain or seal it before installation.

Spruce Fence

An economical choice at $5 per 6 foot picket, the whitish-gray color of spruce is attractive without paint or stain. However, it's not as durable as other varieties and without treatment, is prone to warping and insect infestation.

White Oak

White oak is priced in the middle to high end of the range at $5 to $10 for a 6 foot picket, but it is also a more weather resistant wood. However, if it is exposed daily to the elements, it will likely warp or bow with time.

Black Locust

Black locust wood averages between $5 and $10 per 6 foot picket and is a very hardy wood. Because it requires very little maintenance, many horse owners use it for paddocks and fencing around training rings.


While the cost for a 6 foot picket of composite generally ranges from $6 to $10, it does not need to be sealed, painted or stained. Other than some fading of the color over time, the composite material will typically last 20 years or longer.

Manufactured, composite fencing consists of recycled plastics and wood fibers, making it durable, versatile and environmentally friendly. Most brands even come with warranties.

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods are some of the highest priced options, ranging between $8 and $15 per 6 foot picket. Budget 20% to 50% more for this type of fence.

Tropical hardwoods are the most durable type of wood for outdoor projects. Because they are harvested from the rainforest, they withstand the elements better than any other variety of wood. They are typically beautiful in their grain and color in addition to being extremely hard, durable, dense, and heavy.

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Average Labor Cost to Install or Build a New Wood Fence

the average cost to install a wood fence is $17 to $45 per square foot

No matter which type of lumber you choose, you will need to factor in the cost of labor for installation. The average labor cost to install a wood fence will run between $17 and $45 per linear foot of fence. Gates are also priced separately, per gate. The type of fence you need and the fence design you choose will determine exact labor cost.

Privacy Fencing

A 4 to 6-foot tall privacy fence typically costs between $27 and $60 per linear foot total, including labor. Depending on the type of wood you choose and the type of structure you need, materials alone can range from $7 to $15 per linear 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.

6-Foot-Tall Privacy Fence Costs
MaterialCost per Linear Foot: Materials & Installation
Full Privacy Pressure-Treated Pine$12
Semi-Private* Pressure-Treated Pine$19
Full Privacy Western Red Cedar$15
Semi-Private* Western Red Cedar$26

* 2 inch spacing with pickets on both sides

Picket Fence

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

Split Rail (2, 3, or 4 Rails)

Also known as ranch-style or post-and-rail, a two to four rail split rail fence costs about $12 to $30 per linear foot, including materials and installation. Materials typically run between $4 and $12 per linear 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.

DIY Building Tools

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


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


  • 4x4-inch pressure-treated posts: $10$12 each
  • 2x4-inch pressure-treated lumber: $3-$10 depending on size
  • 1x6-inch pickets: See above for pricing.
  • Concrete: $8-$10 per 80 lb bag


  • Manual post hole digger/auger: $15-$110
  • Power auger: $60-$600 to purchase, $50-$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, It can cost between $2 and $5 per linear foot to remove and dispose of existing fencing. As an example, a 100-foot structure would cost $200 to $500 to remove.

Cost Considerations

"Beware of hidden costs in any construction project. You'll need to call 811 to have your utilities marked, and you may need to apply for permits, HOA approval, or even pay for a survey of your land before you can build your fence." Neil Halasz, President, Artisan Construction Services, Inc., Raleigh, NC.

When calculating the final price, you should consider a number of important factors:.

  • The length and height of the structure
  • The type of wood used in construction
  • The cost of the gates and other features
  • Additions such as post caps and lattice work.
  • Zoning permits
  • Land conditions

Because of this variety, it is possible to build a fence that fits into many budgets, from luxury options to more basic choices.

Size/Horizontal Length

A typical 200-foot structure will run about $3,200, or $16 per linear foot. Longer fences cost more, but structures that are not square or rectangular incur additional charges associated with more posts, hardware, and labor. Be sure to factor these costs into the budget for the project.


The height of the structure also affects project expenses, because shorter fences cost less than taller ones. The difference between 6-foot and 8-foot pine fences, both popular heights for privacy structures, varies from a few pennies per individual picket and post to much more than that depending on the length of the fence and the material you choose. Expect to spend an additional 20% to 30% overall on lumber for a taller fence.

Homeowners should ask themselves how much coverage they really need. For those trying to secure the family dog, few dogs can leap more than six feet. If you are concerned your dog may dig underneath, you can thwart this with a reinforcing bar. If it’s road noise or prying neighbors you need to block, an 8-foot fence might be a good choice.


Gates cost $200 to $600 depending on material and complexity to build or install. Generally, gate prices start at about 25% more than a single panel of the same material. A well-placed gate 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. Spending a little extra for gates that face the front of a property can add curb appeal. For rear- or side-facing gates, save money and choose a less expensive option such as chain link or wood.

Size also influences price. A standard gate is usually 4 feet wide, but if you need gates large enough to move a vehicle through, these can cost much more. Most people only need to accommodate a wheelbarrow and possibly a riding lawnmower, and a standard design works well for this.

Waterproofing Stain & Paint

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.

When you’re choosing your paint or stain, make sure you buy a formula that includes a waterproof sealer to protect your fence from the elements. In general, you should reapply stain or paint every 6 to 24 months, depending on manufacturer recommendations and the elements the fence is exposed to.

Lattice & Other Styles

Lattice work, post caps and toppers are popular add-on items, to give fences 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 toppers are also available as an alternative to pre-assembled panels.

Lattice Panel Prices
MaterialLow-Quality Price Per FootHigh-Quality Price Per Foot
Plastic/Vinyl$1.50 - $3.50$12 - $24
Wood$2 - $4.25$8 - $20

Post Caps or Fence Toppers Cost

At $5 to $50 each, post caps and toppers can be an expensive addition, depending on the type and number used in the project, but they do create a nice finished fence. Post caps made of low-end materials such as vinyl or wood will be less expensive. At the top of the range, you’ll find high-end versions made of copper and solar-powered models used for illumination. As with everything else on your fence, the exact price depends on material, size and features.

Horse or Farm Fencing

Horse fencing costs average between $2 and $20 per linear foot for materials alone. Farmers typically install split rail fences in farms and pastures. When housing livestock, homeowners may want to consider installing an electric fence to prevent animals from escaping.

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

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

Hiring a Fence Installation 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 fencing professional can save you time and money in the long run.

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