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Cost to install a fence

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2014

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How much does it cost to install a fence?

Cost of fence installation vary from $15 per linear foot for standard 4’ high chain link on 2-3/8” in diameter 16-gauge galvanized steel posts fence to $460 / Ln. Ft. or even more for custom build 6 Ft. high stone fence. Accurate estimate can be provided only after on-site inspection and analyzing work complexity.

Fencing prices chart

Type of fence
Cost of materials1
Labor cost2
Total price3
Vinyl fence
$15 - $30
$17 - $25
$32 - $55
Wood fence
Pressure-treated pine
$11 - $23
$15 - $26
$26 - $49
Exotic wood
$29 - $36
$18 - $29
$47 - $65
Metal fence prices
Aluminum fence
$15 - $23
$16 - $32
$31 - $55
Chain link fence (4' high)
$7 - $12
$8 - $14
$15 - $26
Wrought iron fence
$16 - $31
$19 - $43
$35 - $74
Cast iron fence
$14 - $32
$19 - $43
$33 - $75
Steel fence
$13 - $29
$18 - $44
$31 - $73
Electric fence prices
Invisible electric fence
$520 - $3200 per unit
$390 - $990 per unit
$910 - $4190 per unit
Wired electric fence (farm fence)
$18 - $65
$15 - $44
$33 - $109
Stone fence (up to 6' high)
$95 - $220
$140 - $240
$235 - $460
Brick fence (up to 6' high)
$115 - $190
$130 - $220
$245 - $410
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1 Cost of materials is a charge will be added to the gross expenses to build a new fence if a contractor will purchase and supply all necessary materials at his own discretion for the standard fence installation. If a homeowner has a preference besides material type the final price will be discussed.

2 Labor cost is a charge per linear foot for basic installation of minimum 120 Ln. Ft. of fence excluding building gates or any additional elements on the fence. Smaller projects and building custom designed fences will be priced at higher rates.

3 In the total fencing prices included installation of new fence posts and new fence installation.

Additional costs and extra fees associated with new fence installation

Demolishing and disposal of an old wood or vinyl fence as well as cleaning the area will add an extra $6 - $11 per linear foot to the final price of fence replacement. But in some cases preparation work will double the gross expenses to get a new fence installed. The area surface condition will be one of the major factors which determine the cost to build a new fence. If it is a hard soil with a rocks or tree roots the price will increase due to time spend on a fence posts installation.

How much does it cost to install a custom made fence?

There are endless possibilities in fence designs. If you are planning to incorporate a couple or even a few materials for creating unique fence style the price will be much higher. Custom work cannot be estimated before analyzing the design and how complicated installation of a new fence will be.

Summary of fence prices – the costs comparison chart

Average cost of a new fence installation (prices per linear foot)
Type of fence
Average cost of installation4
Cost in %
Difference in cost5
Vinyl fence
$43.5
116%
+ 16 %
Wood fence (pressure-treated pine)
$37.5
100%
Base price
Exotic wood fence
$56.0
149%
+ 49 %
Aluminum fence
$43.0
115%
+ 15 %
Chain link fence
$20.5
55%
- 45 %
Wrought iron fence
$54.5
145%
+ 45 %
Cast iron fence
$54.0
144%
+ 44 %
Steel fence
$55.0
147%
+ 47 %
Wired electric fence (farm fence)
$71.0
189%
+ 89 %
Stone fence
$347.5
927%
+ 827 %
Brick fence
$327.5
873%
+ 773 %

4 Average cost of fence installation includes labor cost and materials expenses for standard installation excluding possible preparation work.

5 Difference in cost show what you will save or how much more in % you should expect to pay for different types of fence installation in comparison with a wood fence.

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* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.