The average cost for a vinyl fence is $25 – $40 /linear foot for materials and installation. Hiring a fence pro, you will likely spend $31 per linear foot on average for a new vinyl fence. The price can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from pros near you.
When considering fence options, homeowners want something that isn’t just functional, like a metal chain link fence, but also aesthetically pleasing; and the top two choices are wood and vinyl. While there will be differences in cost based on geography, the styles chosen, and the amount of fencing needed, the final price for vinyl fencing currently totals around $6,250 for 200 linear feet.
Ever since fencing first became an add-on for the family home, wood was the fence material of choice—affordable, in good supply, takes paint really well, and very strong. Since the introduction of vinyl fencing in the 1980s, though, preference is shifting among homeowners toward vinyl fencing. Globally, the plastic fence market will total $6BN by 2024, and it currently holds just under 30% of the market, with picket fencing accounting for 45% of all plastic fencing sold.
Fencing contractors will quote based on the linear foot measurement of the area you want fenced. If the fence comes off the property line to feature a gate, a hammerhead turning, or a parking area, the final total will be just a little more than the straight-line distance in feet along the property line.
For the sake of estimating average costs, the smallest average lot is a quarter acre. Assuming, for this estimate, it’s a square,
208.7’ x 208.7’ – 9’ (for the width of a driveway) = 200 feet of picket fence along the front of the property.
Estimated total – 200’ x $31.25 per linear foot installed = $6,250
Materials – On average, fencing materials are around $20 per linear foot for a picket fence.
Labor – Labor is around $50 per hour.
Time – For a typical install of this 200’ fence, it would take 4 x 8-hour days.
Any challenges in the terrain will amount to a variation in the expense you should expect to pay for your project. An auger, or post hole digger, is required. If there is rock just below the clay preventing holes being dug, or elevation changes, then additional time will be spent on that portion of the install.
Depending on your skill level and tolerance for your local weather system, and your flexibility on the completion date for the fence, consider:
Demolition requires much less knowledge or skill than doing an install, so this would keep the labor hours to a minimum for the install team. If you are removing a previous wooden fence, you may want to check with the installer if there are any considerations you would need to make to ensure the ground is in good condition for your new fence.
Fencing is available to be delivered as preassembled sections, or it can be delivered ready to be assembled onsite by your contractor. Preassembled sections are a bit more expensive than getting the materials delivered and then put together, but if they are being put together onsite, you should check with the contractor to see how much longer that will take and what the additional labor cost would be.
This will save you the most money, but also, quite possibly, take the longest to complete. If you are pretty skilled, or at best very courageous, then you could install the fence yourself and save around $800 to $1,500. For most people choosing this path, the amount of work to be done would likely take a first-time installer about four days to complete, as it’s a moderately complex task. That doesn’t include the one to two days for the post hole concrete to set.
If one complete payment is a problem, ask about installments. Serenity Fencing and Tree Service in Dallas, TX, says, “I enjoying satisfying my customers and giving them what they want and the best customer service offered. Being a family, I understand the struggle of finances and will work with you.”
In comparison to other fencing alternatives commonly used in residential settings (for 200’ of fencing):
No matter which you end up choosing, it can help to talk with a contractor familiar with all options, like Los Angeles Fence Builders in Los Angeles, CA, who say, “Our workers have years of experience and are trained in chain link, wood, iron work and vinyl. ... Even if you decide to have someone else build your fence for you, we love helping clients figure out what they want.”
Most newer suburban developments’ fencing choices will be restricted to wood or vinyl, and deviating from the color white may be frowned upon. If you live in an older development or a more rural location, you are likely to have fewer restrictions from local authorities or homeowners’ associations regarding the types of fence or color options.
There are three different style options for vinyl fencing, and with each style, there is a typical use associated with it because of the pros and cons common to each style.
Privacy - Most commonly sold option is 6’ tall. This fence completely blocks the view into your property. Average $27.50/linear sqft
Picket - Being only 4 feet tall, this is more about privacy and keeping pets and kids safe. Average $25/linear sqft
3-rail ranch style - An elegant option to distinguish property lines but not offering any privacy. Average @ $27.50/linear sqft
Many vinyl fence vendors will tout material thickness as the measure to determine fence strength, but the material ingredients are more important factors for strength and durability. A fence can often have the feel and appearance of strength, but that may not be the case.
An important point to clarify with the installer is about the ingredients in the fence’s vinyl. Virgin vinyl is always going to yield a stronger product than vinyl that is constructed from recycled scraps. Also, the addition of UV inhibitors to protect from the damaging effects of daily exposure to the sun—causing the vinyl to become brittle or cracked—and stabilizers for the prevention of melting or sagging, should be in the product list of ingredients to ensure a long life.
A good ratio of a UV blocker like titanium dioxide is 10 parts TiO2 to 100 lbs of resin, and while lower-quality brands might list that they have it as an ingredient, it is important to know the ratio to determine the quality of the product from a longevity perspective.
Typically, fence materials that cost less are imported from places like China, while much higher-quality materials are built by manufacturers like US based Bufftech, who have been manufacturing building products here for over 100 years, and have a solid reputation for quality. Their products include a titanium dioxide UV protection, and their fence products not only meet building codes but also meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Spending a little more now for quality materials is a lot cheaper than replacing an entire fence that doesn’t hold up to the expected lifespan for a fence. A good rule of thumb is that if the price for the fence materials is low compared to most, then the quality will also be low, regardless of the thickness of the vinyl.
Removing old fence - Average cost of $3.50 per linear foot = $700 for 200 feet.
Top accents - Design features, like a trellis feature, at an average of $6 per linear foot—can offer a little more privacy from a distance when added on the top of a privacy fence
Post caps - Ranging from $3 to $30 each, these can be added on top of posts as design elements, or even to hold plants or lights. Some fencing contractors include basic caps in their initial quotes and offer pricing details on a few upgrades.
Change of color - If you prefer something different to the standard colors of white, red, beige, or brown, and it is allowed by local governing authorities, epoxy paint usually averages around $45 per gallon resulting in $135 for the paint (or an average of $350, including the labor, to have it painted).
Fence finish - Some manufacturers offer finishes like stone look, faux granite, or wood grain texture.
A fence with optional extras can complete the final look you’re aiming for with your landscaping. Contreras Landscaping 2 in Paterson, NJ, says “Landscapers are not only used for gardens and lawn care, although this is an important part of any home design. Decks and fences are just as crucial when creating landscape architecture.”
MG Landscapes in Los Angeles, CA, say, “We do landscape and lawn maintenance, landscaping, hardscape, fences, irrigation work, landscape lighting, vegetable gardens, and clean ups.” If you want a good price for both landscaping and fencing, it might work in your favor to have it all done by one contractor.
Before you move forward with your project research, it is advisable to check with your local governing authorities to find out what, if any, permits are required. Some authorities of homeowners’ associations may either not allow for any fencing, or have stipulations regarding their height or style.
You will also need to check with your utility provider regarding easements or property line setbacks to make sure there aren’t electric, water, or gas lines where you intend to have the fence posts installed. Working with a company that has been doing this for years can make this part of the project flow seamlessly.
Home Genie in Loveland, CO, says, “We uphold a standard of integrity bound by fairness, honesty, and personal responsibility. ... Demonstrating accurate knowledge of our trade combined with ability is what makes us true professionals.”
Once everything is approved, and the presence of underground utilities are known, and highlighted, the project can proceed. Normally, once the post holes are dug, your installer will set the posts in either concrete or gravel to hold the posts in place. If concrete is used, the contractor will return in 1–2 days once it is set to mount the fence, and install any gates you may have included.
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