Estimate the Cost of Your Privacy Fence in 3 Simple Steps

Privacy Fence

How much will it cost to install a privacy fence at your home? For most homeowners, pricing is one of the most important factors when considering a home improvement project.

The easiest way to determine how much to budget is to contact a professional fence company, like Outback Fencing, for a free estimate. But, to give you a rough idea of what your costs may be, we have put together this handy guide.

Step 1: Determine How Much Privacy Fence You Need

How much land do you plan to enclose? The larger the property area, the more your fence will cost, as more fence panels and posts will be necessary to enclose the area.

If you live in a planned development or subdivision, determining the amount of fencing you need is simple. When you bought your home, you likely received a plat (survey map) drawn to scale, that shows the property divisions. If you can’t find yours, contact your realtor or the title company for another copy. Or you can check to see if your County tax records provide online access to your property’s plat map.

If you don’t have access to your home’s plat, you can rent or buy a measuring wheel and walk the distance of your planned fence installation to figure out how much fencing will be needed. As an alternative, you may be able to download a smartphone app that can assist you in measuring the perimeter as well.

Step 2: Choose a Material for Your Privacy Fence

Most privacy fences range between 4 and 6 feet in height, and the height you choose will help determine the cost. Your pricing will also vary depending upon the material you choose.

Metal or chain link fencing is typically the most affordable option, but that won’t give you any privacy. Wood is likely the most economical fencing material. However, keep in mind that certain types of wood, like redwood, cedar and cypress, are more expensive than others, such as pine or spruce.

Your other material choice for privacy fencing is vinyl. Vinyl fencing usually costs more; however, it is highly durable and requires less maintenance over time than wood fencing. Even though you pay more for vinyl fencing upfront, that investment will likely make sense in the long run.

Step 3: Consider Other Privacy Fence Cost Factors

Many homeowners forget about pricing out the fence posts, which can be the most expensive part of a fence.

Depending on your lot and the type of material you select, you’ll need a post every 6 to 8 feet. Gates will also increase the cost of privacy fence installation.

Do you want to customize the look of your fencing? Adding a decorative latticework top or applying a stain can give you a beautifully unique look, but you will pay a bit more for extras like those.

When you are ready to determine exactly how much it will cost to fence your property, give us a call. Outback Fencing offers free privacy fence estimates to homeowners in northern Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Contact our West Jordan office to schedule an appointment today for a cost breakdown and more information about adding a privacy fence.