Installing A New Fence? Find Out What Factors Affect The Installation Price

Posted on: 25 August 2014

Two people with equal sized yards may be quoted different prices to have a fence installed. This is because there are many factors that affect how much your fence will cost to install. Learning about what factors can affect the price can help you understand why the price you are quoted may vary drastically from the price a friend or neighbor was quoted. 

How Much Preparation is Needed

Before a fence can even be installed, the area the fence is being installed in needs to be prepared. The amount of preparation that is needed varies, and as such, the price varies. If you already have a fence in place, that fence will need  to be torn down and removed. Some types of fences, such as wood fences, are easier to remove than iron or steel fences. Because of this, the removal cost varies based on the type of fence you have already and how difficult it is to remove. Additionally, the price will increase if there are concrete footings. If there are concrete footings in place, those can be time-consuming and costly to remove.  

If you do not have a fence in place, the area in question may need another type of preparation. Plants, trees or rocks may need to be removed to make way for a fence. The number and size of the plants and trees will affect the price you will pay for fence preparation. 

The Type of Fence You Are Having Installed

Another factor that affects how much you will pay to have a fence installed is what type of fence you are having installed

There are many different types of fences. Some of the most common include:

  • Aluminum
  • Brick
  • Iron
  • Steel
  • Wood
  • Vinyl

Each type of fence is installed in a different manner and takes a different amount of time to complete. For example, when a brick fence is being installed, each brick has to be laid by hand. This can be more time-consuming than installing a wood fence. Or, when an iron fence is being installed, a welder has to come out and weld the fence together, which is more costly than simply using a hammer and nails to put the fence together. 

On average, brick fences are the most expensive type of fence to install, with wood fences being the cheapest. 

The Terrain the Fence is Being Installed On

Having a flat, even surface to install a fence on makes the process faster and smoother. Unfortunately, you may not have a flat, even backyard. If your backyard is sloped, hilly or not level, the price to install your fence is going to be higher than if everything were level and smooth. 

A fence installation company will have to use different sizes of beams and footings to help make your fence look level if the ground in your yard is not. This takes a lot more time, which can drastically increase the cost of your installation process. 

In addition to slopes and hills, the type of soil you have makes a difference in how much you will pay as well. If you have hard soil, it will take an installation company longer to dig through your soil to install posts and footings. If you have soft soil, the soil may not be firm enough to support the fence, in which case concrete footings may need to be poured. As such, a fence installation company will always take samples of your soil when giving an estimate and this is the reason why. 

When it comes to fence installation, there are many factors that can affect how much you will pay. How much preparation work is needed, what type of fence is being installed and the type of terrain the fence is being installed on are just three of the factors that can greatly affect the price. If you are looking to have a fence installed, always get quotes from at least three different companies and compare those quotes. This will help you find a fence installation company that is charging a fair amount.