Chain-link fences and wood privacy fences can be found in a variety of residential, commercial and industrial settings. There are benefits and considerations offered by both types of fences. Perhaps the biggest differences between the types of fences are cost and the materials used in their construction.
The cost of a fence is dependent on factors such as material, height and the total length of the fence. Chain-link fencing is commonly available in heights from three to 10 feet. Privacy fencing is typically constructed to a height of six feet. The website costhelper.com claims that fencing in a 50 x 100 square-foot property will require approximately 300 feet of fencing while 1,070 feet will be needed to fence an acre of property.
Chain-link fencing generally costs around $7 per square foot. According to costhelper.com, consumers can purchase 300 linear feet of chain-link fencing for anywhere between $1,800 and $2,500, or between $9,000 and $12,000 for an acre. Wood privacy fencing can cost up to $18 per foot. Three hundred feet of privacy fencing can cost the consumer up to $5,400 or just under $20,000 for an acre.
Do-it-yourself consumers can complete a chain-link or privacy fencing system installation project with relative ease and little additional help. Costhelper.com claims that professional installation charges alone on a 300-foot chain-link fencing project can run well over $600. Consumers who install privacy fencing themselves can save up to 50 percent on the overall cost of a privacy fence installation project.
The addition of gating to either type of fencing system can increase the overall cost of the installation project. Removing shrubbery or having to install fencing on difficult terrain or steep slopes can also have a large effect on the overall price of a fence installation.
Most chain-link fence prices are prone to fluctuate because they reflect the current general price of stainless steel, according to the website servicemagic.com. Using expensive woods like cedar or using pressure-treated woods can increase the overall cost of installing a privacy fencing system.