The Average Cost of Fencing

By Jay Leone

Chain link fences, three-rail fences, picket fences and private fences are some of the most popular types of fencing on the market. Private fences prevent your neighbors from seeing what's on your property. Three-rail fences can be for decoration but are widely used to keep livestock within a specific area. The costs can vary depending on what kind of fencing system you want. Material used and height of the fence are the largest cost factors.

Cost

Installing 300 feet of chain link fence will cost you between $1,800 and $2,500, according to CostHelper. Three hundred feet of three-rail wood fencing costs between $4,500 and $5,500. It can cost between $6,000 and $9,250 to install 300 feet of picket fencing. A 300-foot private fence costs between $3,300 and $5,400 to have professionally installed.

Cost Per Acre

Installing a chain link fence around an acre of land can cost you between $9,000 and $12,000, according to CostHelper. A three-rail fence surrounding the same area will cost between $11,500 and $13,500 (low maintenance, three-rail vinyl fencing will cost twice as much). Having picket fence around the same area can run between $20,000 and $30,000, according to CostHelper. An acre of private fence can cost you anywhere between $12,100 and $19,800.

Installation

The cost of professional installation of fencing can also vary. CostHelper states that installing a 300-foot chain link fence can be over $600. CostHelper claims that you can save between 40 and 50 percent of a three-rail fencing project by doing it yourself. You can also save the same amount if you install private fencing yourself.

Additional Costs

Your fencing project's cost will increase if you install a gate.Other additional costs are moving shrubbery and using pressure-treated wood. Building a fence on slopes and around obstacles also increases costs.

Facts

Since the price of steel fluctuates, the cost of chain link fencing is more likely to fluctuate compared with other fences, according to Service Magic, a company that provides information on home improvement. The United States Department of Commerce claims that chain link fences are the most popular, accounting for around half of the total fencing market sales.