A yard that is truly cozy, stress-free and visually pleasing is a yard protected by a beautiful privacy fence. Choosing the best privacy fence for your yard can be a fairly simple process, but if you still need somewhere to start, just keep on reading.
You’ll read about some of the benefits of fencing your yard, followed by a breakdown of the three most common types of fencing. Each fence type has its unique pros and cons that will have to be considered, along with the pricing. Pricing includes the average cost of materials, labor costs and the total price you can expect depending on the size of your yard. With this information, you’ll be able to do cost-benefits analysis and make a sound decision on the best fencing option for you.
Benefits of Fencing Your Yard
There are many reasons why a person may choose to fence their yard. Their reason often determines the type of fence that they may want to get. Some of the benefits of getting your yard fenced include:
- Keep pesky animals out
- Deter intruders
- Keep children and pets safe within boundaries
- Privacy from neighbors and other onlookers
- Keeps your garden, yard furniture, tools, bikes, toys and any other equipment safe from thieves
- Can function as a wind breaker – protect plants, furniture and other objects from being blown away or damaged
- Provides some shading
- Can function as a sound barrier
Types of Fences
Probably the most recognizable fencing in U.S. is the chain link fence. Used nearly everywhere, from residences to industrial facilities to prisons, chain link fencing provides a durable, long-lasting and low-cost solution for its buyers.
- Cost affordable type of fencing
- Composed of strong, metal material
- The metal is galvanized, meaning it was pre-treated with chemicals that prevent rusting over a long period
- Simple enough installation for DIYers
- Low maintenance - requires little to no upkeep for the life of the fence
- Can be stylized with vinyl coating
- Appearance often associated with industrial areas; can be seen as pedestrian
- Would have to purchase and install slats, wood panels or mesh to enhance privacy
Vinyl fences are more decorative and residential than chain link fences and are available in a wide variety of styles that can fit an individual's’ taste.
- Durable, fairly weather-resistant option
- Low maintenance – only requires occasional washing to prevent the growth of mold
- Can last for several decades
- Available in a wide variety of designs, including tall privacy units
- Simple installation by professionals
- Easy to clean
- Not as durable as wood and chain link
- Some designs have a noticeably plastic look
Wood fences are a highly desired fencing option due to its aesthetics – its natural quality blends in better with surrounding trees, grass and/or plants.
- Strong and durable
- Several different wood fence types and designs ranging from classic picket fencing to contemporary wood and iron designs
- Typically available in tall, privacy panels
- Must be treated for weather resistance
- Will need repairs over the life of the fence, albeit inexpensive
- Requires skilled installation that may take longer than the other fence types
Chain link fence has the lowest price, at an average of about $10 per linear foot. Professional installation would run about $8 to $14 per linear foot of labor. For yards that are 100 to 200 linear feet in size, chain-link fence materials and labor would cost around $1,200 to $2,400 total. Wood fence has a slightly higher average price of $12 per linear foot, although there are wood types as low as $1.50 per linear foot. This large pricing range will have a direct impact on the total price you pay for wood fence material and installation. The range you can expect to pay in total is $1,500 to $4,000. Vinyl fence has the highest average price at $17 per linear foot. You can expect to pay $2,000 to $5,000 for materials and installation. The price is so high because vinyl requires very little maintenance and lasts for decades. Of course, these prices fluctuate due to exact materials, design choices and any enhancements.