How Much Fencing Costs To You By Material?Adam Walsworth
A new fence costs between $2,600 and $8,000 on average, depending on the size and type you buy.
A survey recently reported spending an average price of $4,578 for standard privacy fence installation.
However, there are many fence options and contractors to choose from in different price ranges. Also, it’s necessary to figure in long-term costs and return on investment, such as the required maintenance and security, when picking a fence material.
Here are some of the most common options in fencing:
Vinyl/composite: Often a top choice among homeowner associations in newer neighborhoods, this type of fencing tends to have clean, uniform lines. It also is a cost-effective option because it is easy to maintain — no painting, staining or sealing required. In most cases, vinyl fencing or composites have a longer warranty than other types of fencing.
Brick/masonry: Though an expensive option, brick fencing is appropriate for historic neighborhoods and more stately properties. It also provides a high degree of privacy and security.
Metals: Materials in this category can include aluminum, steel and traditional wrought iron — an expensive, but beautiful choice. These options are ideal if you want to establish boundaries on your property but would rather maintain your views. They also can be highly decorative and enhance the overall aesthetic of your property.
Wood: One of the most common types of fencing, wood can give homes a traditional look. However, the lifetime of wood fences varies. Many types have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years and require regular maintenance, ranging from cleaning and sealing to painting and staining. It’s important to understand the different types of wood and which are preferable for your purposes, tastes and climate. Bamboo is among the most recent newcomers to the range of fencing options. It is highly touted because it’s considered environmentally friendly.
Other fencing factors that play into the overall cost include your yard’s slope or grade, type of post installation and any obstacles in the way. Labor is also a big cost factor if you choose to hire a contractor to install the fence.