How Much Does PVC or Vinyl Fencing Cost to Install?
$15 – $30 Per Linear Foot
The average cost to install a PVC or vinyl fence is $15 to $30 per linear foot with most homeowners spending $2,848 to $5,696 for a privacy fence and $1,528 to $3,056 for a picket fence. Get free estimates from vinyl fence installers near you.
Vinyl Fence Cost
The average cost to install a PVC or vinyl fence is $15 to $30 per linear foot with most homeowners spending $2,848 to $5,696 for both materials and professional installation. A typical 6-foot vinyl privacy fence costs $3,702 to install on average. The final price you pay is calculated by the length of the fence in linear feet, the type, and if there are additional elements like gates, solar post cap lights, hanging flower boxes, or other accessories.
|National Average Cost||$3,702|
|Average Range||$2,848 to $5,696|
Investing in a new vinyl or PVC fence is a long-term investment since the materials are generally maintenance-free and are much more durable than wood. There are many options when it comes to vinyl (PVC) fencing, and this guide will cover all the types, styles, colors, and average costs that can be selected. To compare more types of fences, check out our fencing prices cost guide.
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Vinyl Fence Installation Cost
For a typical 1/5 acre yard, a 150-foot long vinyl privacy fence costs $4,272, while a picket fence runs $2,292 for both materials and professional installation. Vinyl picket fences are typically short at 4' high which has large gaps between each slat, whereas privacy fences typically range from 6' to 8' feet tall and don't allow neighbors to see in while also reducing noise.
|Type||Average Cost By Linear Feet|
Vinyl Fence Cost Per Foot
Vinyl fencing costs $8 to $35 per linear foot to install with most homeowners spending $15 per linear foot for a picket fence and $28 per linear foot for a privacy fence for both materials and labor. The chart below compares the total cost of a vinyl fence per foot—using the national average for fencing materials and labor costs—for a picket fence, privacy fence, shadowbox fence, and a rail fence.
|Type||Cost Per Linear Foot|
Vinyl Fence Labor Cost
Labor costs for vinyl or PVC fencing construction averages $4.68 per linear foot or around $936 to install a typical 200 linear foot privacy fence. These labor costs include preparation, professional installation, cleanup, and a warranty. If you need to remove an old fence first, expect to add $3.50 per linear foot to your final price.
Vinyl & PVC Fence Pricing By Style
Once you've selected a type, there are a few picket colors and styles to pick from: white, wood grain, and black. White is the most popular and go-to choice for vinyl fencing and costs an average of $17 per linear foot, while wood grain look can run $40 per linear foot, and black being the least common can cost as much as $60 per linear foot.
White Vinyl Fence Cost
White vinyl (PVC) fencing is the most popular choice and costs between $15 to $30 per linear foot or as much as $35 per foot for a shadowbox fence for both materials and the cost to install it.
Wood Grain Vinyl Fence Price
Wood grain vinyl fencing costs $40 per linear foot installed. A wood-look vinyl fence cost will about double the cost of a standard white fence at $111 to $235 per panel which is an 8-foot section. Many manufacturers charge more for a fence that has the appearance of wood grain either as a surface texture or with different colors.
Black Vinyl Fence Cost
Black vinyl fencing is not as commonly installed by homeowners as white or other light colors, and as a result, it carries a higher cost than the more traditional options you might see at up to $60 per linear foot. For example, one 8-foot-wide and 6-foot-high privacy fence panel in black vinyl costs $369 at Home Depot, while wood colors range from $185 to $285, and white panels start at $93.
Vinyl Fence Cost Per Panel
Vinyl fencing can also be built using panels which are usually 8-foot-wide and 6-foot-high. White vinyl fencing costs $111 per panel, wood-look costs $235, and black vinyl costs $369 per panel. The chart below shows the average fencing material prices for different color options in panel fence construction using average prices from home improvement centers like the Home Depot.
|Color||Panel Cost||Post Cost|
How Many Fence Panels & Posts Do I Need?
When using 8’ panels (96”) and a 5” fence post between each panel, you will need approximately 12 panels per 100 linear feet of fence.
|Linear Feer||# of Panels||White||Wood||Black|
Vinyl Fence Cost Calculator
When estimating the costs of your vinyl fencing, one of the most significant factors is the type of fence you're building. With the most popular being a privacy fence, we've estimated the costs based on 4', 6', and 8' heights below.
Vinyl Privacy Fence Cost
For homeowners seeking to maintain privacy around their home, privacy vinyl fences are made of solid panels and cost between $20 and $35 per linear foot for the materials and labor. Most homeowners spend $2,848 to $5,696 depending on the size and height of the fence. A 4' vinyl privacy fencing runs $20 per linear foot, 6' costs $28, and an 8' tall averages $36 per foot.
|Linear Feet||4' ($20/LF)||6' ($28/LF)||8' ($36/LF)|
In regards to the price differences when comparing vinyl fencing, there is no national average as it varies so much between manufacturers, and then even, within their own product line. Some manufacturers have a price difference of between 25%–55% to go from white to cedar or chestnut, or as much as 95% for almond or Brazilian wood finishes.
Another style of privacy fence is called a shadowbox fence which costs between $31.55 and $35.38 per linear foot. 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.
Vinyl or PVC Picket Fence Cost
Picket vinyl (PVC) fencing costs $15.28 per linear foot installed, with most homeowners spending $3,056 for a 200-foot long fence. The most common height for a picket fence is 4’, and installation labor is less at $3.68 per linear foot. This fence style is perfect for homeowners who want to keep children and pets in a safe environment and create a boundary between the neighbor's property.
|Linear feet||4’ Picket Fence Installed|
Vinyl Split Rail Fence Cost
Vinyl split rail fences cost $$6 to $8 per linear foot depending on the number of rails, and they are generally used to define property boundaries. Rail fencing does not give any privacy since you can see through the gaps between the rails. Labor costs to install a 2-rail fence is $3.68 per linear foot and $4.01/LF for a 3-rail fence.
|Linear Feet||2-Rail (42" high)||3-Rail (48" high)||4-Rail (54" high)|
Vinyl Horse Fencing Cost
Vinyl horse fences costs between $8 and $14 per linear foot, with most spending between $964 and $1,212 per 100 feet depending on the number of rails. The materials in a horse fence are thicker and stronger than you see in a residential rail fence. This chart details the vinyl ranch fence price per foot installed.
|Linear Feet||2-Rail (42" high)||3-Rail (48" high)||4-Rail (54" high)|
Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence Cost
Vinyl coated chain link fencing costs $12 to $15 per linear foot or between $1,200 and $1,500 per 100-feet for both materials and labor. A thicker gauge metal or going from a 4' to 6' height will increase your cost.
Vinyl Pool Fencing Cost
A permanent vinyl pool fence will cost an average of $15 per linear foot, with most homeowners paying somewhere between $13 and $18 per linear foot. The average pool size is around 600 square feet, so you can expect to pay between $1,273 and $1,763 for your pool fencing.
Vinyl Fence Cost vs. Wood
Vinyl fencing ranges from $15 to $30 per linear foot installed, while wood fences cost $12 to $27 per linear foot. In many home wood fence installations, cedar is a popular material choice, and in comparing cedar vs. vinyl fence costs, cedar materials average $6 per linear foot, and vinyl privacy fence materials average $24 per linear foot.
Vinyl Fence Pros and Cons
- Durability – Within both product options, there will be outliers, and in the case of cheap vinyl, it may not last as long as expected. In the case of high-quality wood fencing that is professionally installed, and well maintained, in ideal climate conditions it could last as long as vinyl. In vinyl fence quality, the thickness is often touted by vendors as the measure to determine fence strength, but the materials used are more important factors for strength and durability.
- Vinyl Quality – 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 PVC constructed from recycled scraps.
- Longevity – 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 ten parts TiO2 to 100 lbs of resin, and while lower-quality brands might list that they have it as an ingredient, it is essential to know the ratio to determine the quality of the product from a longevity perspective.
Additional Vinyl Fence Costs
The other material costs with PVC fencing are additional elements like gates, lights, and other accessories.
Vinyl Fence Gates Cost
The typical vinyl fence gate will cost about $300 installed. Not every fence installation will have gates, but it does complete the look and is a valuable addition. Below is a chart which details vinyl fence gate hardware for five types of vinyl fence.
|Fence||Vinyl size||Materials||Labor||Total Cost|
|Picket 4' high||1 1/2" Pickets||$271.00||$33.44||$304.44|
|Picket 4' high||3 1/2" Pickets||$262.00||$33.44||$295.44|
|Shadowbox 6'||5 1/2" Pickets||$476.00||$40.13||$516.13|
|Rail 48" high||2" X 6"||$250.00||$33.44||$283.44|
|Rail 60" high||2" X 6"||$280.00||$33.44||$313.44|
Gates often come with hinges, or you can buy a fence gate kit which converts a fence panel to a gate and includes all necessary gate hardware and hinges for $77–$100.
|Gate Hardware||Average Cost|
|Bolts and Rods||$9–$23|
|Hinges||$4–$5/each and up or $29–$30/pair|
|Latches||$16–$24/set; child pool safety latch $65|
|Bracket or Gate Frame Kit||$35–$120|
Vinyl Fence Hardware
Choose from UV protected, vinyl coated, galvanized, or water-resistant fence hardware.
|Post Protection Guards||$6–$20/pair|
|Post Caps||$3 to $30 each|
Post caps are added on top of vinyl 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.
Cost to Paint Vinyl Fencing
If you prefer something more unusual than the standard colors of white, red, beige, or brown, and it is allowed by local HOAs, epoxy paint usually averages around $45 per gallon. Expect to pay $135 for the paint, or an average of $350, including the labor, to have it painted.
- Digging Difficulties – 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 to install the vinyl posts. If there is rock just below the clay preventing holes from being dug or elevation changes, then additional time will be spent on that portion of the install.
- Removing Old Fencing – Average cost of $3.50 per linear foot = $700 for 200 feet.
- HOAs – Before starting any fence project, check with your local HOA. Some authorities of homeowners’ associations may either not allow for any fencing, or have stipulations regarding their height or style.
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