Estimate How Much Your New Fence Will Cost
The cost of fencing can vary widely depending on what material and fence style is used, what the perimeter of the fence will be, and how difficult the terrain is to build on. A reputable fence contractor will provide you with a reasonable estimate, including costs of labor, before you sign a contract. If you are building the fence yourself, you can save on labor costs. Use these estimates to determine the approximate cost:
A manual post hole digger, commomly called clamshells, can be purchased at any home supply store. You can rent a gas-powered post hole digger which will make your job somewhat easier unless your are dealing with lots of rock. One typically marks 18", 24" and 30" depths on your digger handles to know how deep your hole is. Fence footings are much more sturdy if the hole is dug like an inverted bell, wider at the bottom then at the top. You will need cement. Unless you have a big job for which you might want to rent a cement mixer or even pour out of a commercial truck, it will be easier for you to purchase Ready Mix concrete bags. Allow one to two bags per hole depending on size. Finally, depending on the type of fence you install, you will need a variety of other common tools, such as a wheelbarrow, tape measure, stringline, hammer, saw, pliers, pipe cutters, and come alongs.
Fence materials can be purchased from multiple suppliers and at different heights, and prices can vary widely. Ornamental is usually the most expensive type of fencing, followed by vinyl, wood, and chain link. First, figure out the perimeter of your yard. Chainlink fence posts are generally set 10 feet or less on center. The toprail braces the ends of each stretch of fence to allow the wire to be stretched tight. Chainlink fence fabric is usually left two inches off the ground to allow for trimming.
Wood Fence can be purchased in already assembled eight foot sections that can be nailed on to wood or fastened to steel posts. Wood posts, rails and pickets can also be purchased individually and the fence built from scratch in the field. Western Red Cedar is the preferred wood for fencing because of it's good look and resistance to rot. Pressure treated wood products will last longer, especially in more humid environments. Wood gates are the achilles heel of a wood fence. Build them with mitered 45 degree corners and a diagonal brace running up from the hinge side to the latch side. Make sure the gate doesn't get left open in a windstorm and don't let the kids use them as a swing. Ornamental steel and aluminum gates are an attractive and durable alternative to wood gates.
Vinyl and ornamental fencing are often sold in six or eight foot sections, with posts at the ends, between each section and on each side of any gates. Figure out how many fence sections you will need, how many posts, and how many gates, and add that to your total cost figure.
You will be able to get quotes on your DIY installation from fence contractors and home center stores in your area. Many times local companies can supply higher quality materials at a very competitive price.
Before determining the final cost, make sure to include any necessary or desired accessories, such as gate latches (if not included with the gate purchased), post caps (if not included), scrolls, or flanges. You will also need to consider the cost of stain, if you plan to finish your wood fence. Also, if you are ordering fence supplies online, be sure to take into account the cost of shipping.
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