The American dream includes the place we call home surrounded by the white picket fence. However, the idea of the white picket fence has evolved to adapt to each unique owner’s preferences.
Fences can be built with materials ranging from wood to vinyl and in various styles. But there is something about installing wooden fences that make your home feel protected. A wood fence says ‘traditional home’ and looks great in its natural wood color or painted to match your home’s color scheme.
How much is wooden fencing? The cost can range from $17 to $45 per linear foot. Lumber is about $7 to $15 per foot, and labor costs range from $10 to $30 per foot. The exact answer depends on several factors that can make this project fit your budget when thought out properly.
Factors That Affect The Cost of Your Wooden Fence
The factors to keep in mind when shopping for a wooden fence include:
- Type of wood
- Type of fence
- Gates needed
- Zoning permits
Type of Wood
The type of wood used to build your fence will determine a big percentage of your wooden fence costs. The most common types of wood are:
- Cedarwood. Keeps its shape no matter the temperature or moisture that’s in the air.
- Pinewood. The most common type of wood for fencing, making it the least expensive option.
- Redwood. Although one of the most expensive wood types, if you have the budget for it, it will last much longer.
To determine the best type of wood, follow this link to see what you should consider.
Type of Fence
Homeowners decide to install a fence for various reasons. In most cases, they seek privacy and protection for their homes. With this in mind, the following styles are ideal:
- Dog-eared wood fencing. The traditional style where planks are hung side by side, providing a high level of privacy.
- ‘Shadowbox’ fencing. A lovely design where neither neighbor has to see the ugly backside of the 2×4 support boards.
Other homeowners want to add a fancy touch accent landscaping with picket fences. These types of fences leave a gap between each board. If you want a taller fence, you can add scalloping and add a wavy effect.
Other Factors That Can Increase Your Costs
Once you have determined the best option of wood and style for your fence, think about the following options:
- The number of gates. Adding a gate costs about 25% more than what you would pay for a single panel of wooden fencing. To reduce your cost, choose fancier designs for the house’s front and a cheaper style for the surroundings.
- Zoning Permits. Depending on where you live, these costs can be higher or lower.
- Land Conditions. Unleveled land and soil type will make a wooden fence project difficult and, therefore, more expensive.
Do It The Right Way The First Time
There’s a fantastic feeling that comes along with completing a do-it-yourself project around your home. But the reality is that there are many things to take into account when building the perfect fence.
With all the things we have on our plate, the task might seem more daunting. The experts at Liberty Fencing Co. would love to take all those worries off your hands by building your dream fence.
Schedule your contact-free estimate today!