How Much Does it Cost to Build a Privacy Fence?

Adding a privacy fence to your yard can be a great way to keep pets in your yard while giving you privacy from nosy neighbors. Yet, once you make the decision to add a privacy fence to your property, you will have to determine what type of fence will be best for your budget. This may lead you to ask yourself “how much does it cost to build a privacy fence?” Ultimately, the answer to this question will depend on a variety of factors including the type of fence you choose and the cost of labor. In fact, while the average 159-foot privacy fence costs about $3,000, prices can range anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000 or more. To help you determine how much you may end up spending on your privacy fence, here is a look at just a few of the factors that can influence the cost of installing a privacy fence.

Cost of Materials

The primary factor that influences the cost of installing a privacy fence is the material you choose. For instance, while the materials for a wooden privacy fence will cost between $5-$15 per linear foot (depending on the type of wood you choose), a vinyl fence will cost between $16 and $30 per linear foot. Privacy fences made of aluminum or another metal will be the most expensive with materials costing between $30 and $40 per foot. The material you choose will then greatly influence the cost of your fence installation, as materials can cost between $750 and $6,000. This makes it important that you determine how much you are willing to spend on your privacy fence before you start looking at materials, as you do not want to fall in love with a fence that you cannot afford.  

Labor Costs

Labor costs can also influence the overall cost of installing a privacy fence. While labor costs can vary depending on a variety of factors including how much site prep is needed, it is important to note that some materials are more expensive to install than others. For instance, while wood fencing materials are cheaper, wooden privacy fences require a longer installation time than vinyl and tend to incur greater labor costs. You will then want to discuss your options with an experienced fencing contractor who can help you to determine what will be the best option for your budget based on how difficult it may be to install a fence on your property. It is important that you do not try to cut corners by trying to install your fence yourself, as you may incur additional costs in the long-run if your fence is not installed properly.  

6ft vs. 8ft Privacy Fence

Height is another major factor that can influence the cost of your fence installation, as most privacy fences are generally either 6 or 8 feet tall. If privacy is a serious concern for you then an 8-foot tall fence may sound tempting, however, this can add between 25% and 35% more to the cost of your fence. So it is important to consider your budget when debating how tall to build your fence. Additionally, you will need to check with your local code enforcement agency as well as your HOA (if you have one), as there may be restrictions on how tall your fence can be, or on what materials you can use. 

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A variety of factors will determine how much it will ultimately cost to install a privacy fence on your property. This is why it is helpful to talk with a fencing contractor about your budget, as they can help you to determine what the best option may be for your property. Contact us to learn more about the things that you should consider when adding a privacy fence to your property.