Picture a yard fence. What’s it made of? How do the fence posts appear? What color is it? These are all rhetorical questions to have you realize there is far more design options to fences than most people consider. Height of a fence is an important factor, along with material, color and post design. Plus, you’ll probably want a gate, depending on how much the fence encloses the yard, or other segment of your property. Each of these items comes at a cost, and we’ll walk you through that to help plan your project and determine reasonable cost expectations for 2017.
Average Price per Linear Foot
The average cost has a very wide range, from $3 to $24 per linear foot installed. While that isn’t exactly helpful, it does help to understand which materials are more expensive. The average yard fence fits into a range of $1,800 to $3,500, which is based on 200 linear feet, or enough to fence a quarter acre lot.
The average lot size in the U.S. is 17,590 sq.ft. or about .4 acres. This is according the 2010 Census information. Outside of metropolitan areas, it goes to over a half acre (.64 to be exact). Fencing though is not measured by square footage, as presumably it would be around the inner edge of the perimeter. Instead, costs are determined by linear foot.
Before we get into the many factors that contribute to fencing costs, there are preliminary considerations.