Many people who want a vinyl fence will ask us: “What does a vinyl fence cost?” Vinyl fence pricing varies, depending on how much you need (in linear feet), what decorative features you want, and the average cost of labor for your area. This article will break down those costs and give you a rough estimate of what the average vinyl fence costs.
The Average Vinyl Fence Cost
Prices for fencing are usually given in linear feet since this determines the amount of material and helps estimate the amount of labor needed for installation. Prices tend to range from $25 to $40 per linear foot installed. This means that a 200-foot fence would run between $5000 and $8000.
So how many feet do you need? Of course, this depends on the size of the yard or area you are looking to fence in. Most fencing projects for the average home are between 100 and 200 linear feet.
Here’s a breakdown of vinyl fence pricing:
- Materials – fencing. $17 to $21 per linear foot, just for the fencing itself. This includes typical “overage” for a job and assumes 6’ wide panels.
- Additional materials. $350 to $450 total. This includes other incidental materials needed for the install, like concrete to set posts, connectors, and fasteners
- Labor for install. $5 to $11 per linear foot (or $35 to $40 per hour). This includes drawing up the plans, laying out the post locations, digging the post holes, and then installing and securing the panels, as well as clean-up. This assumes there are no complications during the install process, and that the site has been adequately prepared for the fence.
- Removal of old fencing. If you need to remove older fencing, expect $500 to $1000 more needed.
Overall, the national average for a vinyl fence project is about $3500. Again, there is a wide range for this though.
Factors That Affect Your Vinyl Fence Cost
The best way to get a sense of the cost of a fencing project is to have a professional come out and give you a bid. (If you live in the St. Louis area, we would love to come out and do this for you for free.) In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to get multiple bids to compare…But when you do, make sure you are getting bids for the exact same type of fence, and be sure to compare warranties and other factors that change form company to company. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples!
Here are some of the factors that can make your fencing project more or less expensive:
- Type of fence. A picket vinyl fence cost might only be $15 to $20 per linear foot installed, while a full privacy fence would be $20 to $30 (almost double the cost, depending on the brand… but a full privacy fence is often worth it!)
- Decorative features. Decorative features, like scalloped edges, can easily add $2 per linear foot installed.
- Gates. Many times prices for gates are included with your estimate…but make sure to ask. Adding a new gate can easily add $200 to $350 to your total. (Still, adding a gate might be worthwhile, especially for the safety and convenience it provides).
- Where you live. We wish it weren’t so, but prices do vary depending on what area of the country you live in, and what the local competition is like. If you want to get a feel for fencing costs in your zip code, try this pricing tool from Homewyse. In our experience, urban areas tend to be a little more expensive than rural ones, and the coasts tend to run more expensive than the Midwest or South. St. Louis actually has pretty affordable vinyl fence pricing across the metro area!
- Service and guarantee. Does your contractor guarantee their work? What happens if there is a problem or dispute? Will the contractor pull permits for you? Will they advise on ways to save costs? Many times, you will pay a little more for a reputable contractor that provides excellent service. 9 times out of 10, it is worth every penny.
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Vinyl Fence Cost vs. Wood Fence Cost
Many people considering a vinyl fence will compare them to traditional wood fences. On average, wood fences cost about $10 to $30 per linear foot installed. This does make wood fencing a bit cheaper than vinyl fences, though the type of wood makes a big difference. For example, sturdier kinds of wood, such as cedar or oak, will cost more than “value” wood such as pine.
But Is the Cost Worthwhile? Your Overall Investment in Vinyl
When shopping for a fence, don’t just look at the sticker price for installation. It makes no sense to install a slightly cheaper fence, only to have to replace large parts of it 5 or 6 years down the road.
One big issue here is maintenance. Vinyl fences are fairly easy to maintain: They need a washing from time to time– a good hosing off will usually do it, with an occasional scrubbing when they need it. You can even use diluted bleach to remove stains (though check first if you get a colored fence.)
Wood, on the other hand, requires much more maintenance. A wood fence will need painting or staining every few years. This isn’t just to make the fence look “new”: It is needed to keep the fence from rotting and degrading, especially when exposed to the weather. (Some wood fences are treated with special chemicals to help it resist the elements, but these are often unsafe for children and pets.) This maintenance cost needs to be factored in to the lifetime cost of a wood fence.
Get Your Vinyl Fence Estimate Now
If you are seriously considering vinyl fencing for its safety and durability, you should get a specific estimate that clearly lays out your vinyl fence cost and the options you have.
Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions provides free in-home estimates throughout the St. Louis metro region. Plus, our friendly fencing experts are ready and willing to answer all your questions. Start now, and start planning ahead: