You may be wondering about backyard fencing costs if you are landscaping or just replacing a dilapidated border. This guide provides all the cost information needed to decide what materials to use for the fence, as well as whether it’s something you can do yourself or if you should ask a contractor to help.
The breakdown of how much it costs to fence a backyard will depend on a number of factors. This includes the size of the fence needed, the materials and whether you need to buy any tools for the job. All for those who take on the project of building a backyard fence themselves. If you prefer to call in a contractor, add labor costs as well.
“The cost of fencing a backyard will depend on a number of factors,” confirms Andre Kazimierski, CEO of Improovy Painters Plano (opens in new tab), ‘such as the size of the fenced area and what material you use, as well as whether or not you have hired a professional team for the job. On average, it will cost about $3,000 to fence a backyard. If you want to save some money, vinyl fencing is the cheapest material, although it will cost more to install than wood.’
How much does it cost to fence a backyard
As with all backyard landscaping costs, the cost of fencing a backyard will primarily depend on the materials and your ideas for garden fencing, as wood, vinyl, composite, chain link, wrought iron and aluminum all come with different price tags.
The price will also vary depending on where you live. You’ll save money by doing the work yourself, but it may take longer than calling the experts, so consider whether it’s better to pay a contractor and save yourself valuable time.
‘On average, it costs between $1,500 and $8,000 to install a fence,’ explains Rupa Mehta, housing expert at Angi (opens in new tab). ‘The costs mostly depend on the size, materials and labor for the installation. Other factors that affect costs include permits, your distance from the service area and whether or not you need to remove an existing fence.’
What do different fence materials cost?
In addition to the size of the fence, it is the materials that affect the total cost. Larger fences need more materials, so the final price will be higher than a small fence area. As a guide to install a 200 linear feet fence costs the following:
Vinyl: DKK 3,800
For metal fences, the price per sq. ft is as follows:
Chain link: $15
Wrought iron: $30
How do you calculate labor costs for fencing?
Labor costs for fences are between $5 and $15 per linear foot; bank on a contractor who takes about four days to install 200 linear feet of fence. It might sound expensive, but if you want to save time and get the job done faster, it’s best to call in the experts.
For those on a budget, however, you can save around 10 USD per sq. ft on labor costs if you do the work yourself. Keep in mind that you will need certain tools though, and these can run around $300 if you don’t already own them. Before you splash out, ask friends, family or neighbors if they have tools you can borrow.
Do I need permission to fence a backyard?
You will need to check locally to see if you need a permit, and doing so will also add to the cost. Plus, removing existing fences will also add to the total if you use a contractor. Of course, you don’t need a permit, but always check and if you do, it will cost between 50 USD and 500 USD so factor this into your budget as well.
Which is the cheapest fence material?
To save money, the cheapest fence material is PVC. As well as costing less than wood, it has a similar appearance and is low maintenance and easy to clean as it does not need to be treated or stained with a preservative as wood does. However, it is not environmentally friendly, so it should be avoided if a more environmentally friendly option is available.
What can I put up instead of a fence?
If you want something different or to save money, there are plenty of other options for installing a fence. Use planters and fill with tall grass or plants or plant shrubs around your backyard. You can add privacy fences or add a simple lattice fence, which is less expensive.