How Much Does a New Wood Fence Cost?

Jan 01, 2011 | Networx Team
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A fence is a great way to add safety, security and privacy to your home. Of all the types of fences available, wood is arguably the most attractive material. It can add to the appeal of your landscape and even raise the value of your home.

Depending on the type of wood you select, the style of the fence and the size of your property, the price of installing a wood fence will vary. You can have a professional fence contractor provide the materials and install the fence, or you can purchase the materials on your own and hire a contractor for the installation. Either way, be sure the lumber has a Forest Stewardship Council certification, which means the wood comes from a responsibly-managed forest.

  • Pine – Pine is among the most popular materials used for fences. The soft nature of the wood makes it easy to work with, and it resists shrinkage, swelling and warping. Pine typically costs between $8 and $10 per linear foot.

  • Redwood – Redwood is naturally termite and rot resistant. It’s long lasting, and absorbs finishes extremely well. However, it tends to be more expensive than most other types of fence lumber, costing around $10 - $12 per linear foot.

  • Cypress – Cypress is a durable, aromatic wood, with few knots. It has a natural preservative oil called cypressene which makes it resistant to insects and decay. It usually costs between $7 and $10 per square foot.

  • Cedar – Cedar has a sweet odor and a nice, reddish color. It’s easy to work with, resistant to decay and long lasting. It usually costs between $10 and $12 per linear foot.

If you have experience, time, and the proper tools, you can install a fence on your own and save money. However, this can be quite an advanced project, involving concrete, hole-digging and heavy lifting. If you don’t feel up to the task or you desire a quality, long-lasting fence, a professional contractor should be hired.

Depending on the type of fence you choose, the price will vary. Privacy fences, which are more condensed and taller than picket fences, for example, will require more wood, which will lead to an increase in price. Further, additional features like capping, lattice work, and specially-designed gates can be added if you want your fence to have a distinct look, but these will also cause an increase in price.

Once you’re adding a fence, consider hiring a landscaper to complete the look, and incorporate the new fence into the overall design of your yard.

Be sure to apply a weather seal and have your fence treated to prevent rotting and repel pests. If you seal your fence periodically and paint or stain it regularly, you’ll add to the life of your fence.

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