How Much Does It Cost To Put Up a Chain Link Fence?

How Much Does It Cost To Put Up a Chain Link Fence

Chain Link Fence Installation Minneapolis

Chain link fences are the go-to option for affordable residential and commercial fences. Not only can they fit within most budgets, but they also offer a reasonable amount of security, privacy, and customizable options. The national average price for chain-link fencing is $2,750, according to Thumbtack. But a lot of different factors go into that number. The length of your property’s perimeter, the type of material, and labor costs can all reduce or increase the final price. Keep reading so you can calculate the expected cost for a chain-link fence around your property.

Measure the Linear Footage Requirements

The national average cost of installing a chain-link fence can tell you a lot about the relative cost of different fence types, especially if you know their average costs, too. But it doesn’t give you a lot of information about your specific fencing needs. That’s why it’s important to get estimates for the average cost per linear foot. Every yard has a slightly different perimeter; if you have a larger backyard or commercial property to enclose, your total budget will need to be bigger than if you’re working with a smaller property.  

Galvanized chain-link, one of the most common types of chain-link fencing, runs for approximately $12 per foot. This includes the material and the installation. Deviating from standard materials and heights will increase the cost. Most companies also charge a flat fee for the project and are willing to adjust their per-unit pricing for large properties. Make a list of contractors in your area and ask for the cost per linear foot for a clear measure of the total price.

Don’t Forget About Height

Height is one of the biggest variables in any fencing project. Standard variations of chain-link come in these heights:

  • 3 feet
  • 3.5 feet
  • 4-8 feet
  • 10 feet
  • 12 feet

The taller it is, the more expensive it is. Commercial properties, which often need a height of 10 feet, will pay an additional $5 or so per linear foot. Conversely, most residential communities and homeowners associations put a cap on how tall a fence can be (if they even allow chain-link fencing in the first place).

Different Types of Chain-Link Fencing

Basic chain-link fencing uses galvanized metal. It’s designed to be rust-resistant, but rust can still build up where the chains interlink and scratch against each other. Most people also don’t like the look of bare chain-link fencing. If you want sturdier protection or the appearance of the final product matters, that doesn’t mean chain-link is off the table. Opt for powder coated chain-link, which is far more resistant to rust damage and water. You can also select fencing that has vinyl material coating the metal. This gives more protection. It also lets you choose from a wide array of colors such as white, green, brown, and black. Just like when you select taller fencing, however, different types of chain-link fencing will add to the total price. 

Add-Ons That Make Your Fence Better

There’s more to fencing than just the fence itself. Don’t forget to incorporate the cost of potential add-ons to your budget. If you live in an area with lots of erosion, you may want more frequent support posts to keep the fence upright. Fences in rural areas often have an underlayer barrier that stops rodents and wild animals from getting under the fence. Homeowners should also consider adding ground guards that stop dogs from digging out of the yard. 

If you’re not sure what you want your fence to look like, browse through the options at Security Fence and Construction. Our team can also help answer any questions you have about specific costs so you can plan out your budget for your new fence.