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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Wood Fence?

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$2,737
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$1,692 - $3,979
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$850
High End
$6,000

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Homeowners pay an average of $2,737 to install a wood fence. The average range for this project is between $1,692 and $3,979, 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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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
I HAVE SEEN PRICES HERE FOR 23 DOLLARS PER LINEAR FT. THAT SEEMS REASONABLE CONSIDERING I GOT QUOTED ALMOST 6000 FOR 168 LINEAR FT WHICH IS CLOSER TO 36 PER FOOT. I HATE HOW THESE PRICES VARY SO MUCH FROM GUY TO GUY OVER THE SAME JOB.
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.
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?
Dianne Dirscherl More than 1 year ago
Need total price for wooden fence.approximately 40 feet
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
IF PRESENTED IN TABULAR FORM WOULD MAKE IT MORE CLEAR. LITTLE MORE DETAIL SPECIALLY ON PRICE DIFFERENCES. BUT GENERAL INFO.
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
MY FENCING REQUIREMENTS ARE 80 FEET OF WOOD FENCING , NO GATE ALL ON ONE SIDE

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