Looking for a way to make your backyard a bit more private and separated from your neighbors? Want to allow your furry friends to have full range of your yard without a leash? Looking for a little added security? If you answered yes, then a privacy fence might just be the perfect addition to your backyard.
Building a privacy fence can make your backyard a private oasis, but they do require an investment from the homeowner. Whether you are choosing to install a privacy fence yourself or go with a professional fence company, there are a couple of factors you have to take into consideration when estimating privacy fence costs.
Here are some suggestions to consider when estimating the cost of a privacy fence. Use this list to help guide you when making calculations.
1. Check Your Zoning Laws and HOA
Before purchasing any materials, you should make sure your fence will meet your local county requirements and that you have permission to install it. Permits for building outdoor structures are often an overlooked expense when estimating the total cost of installing a privacy fence. It’s a good idea to check your local zoning laws before seriously investing time and money into fence installation.
Depending on where you live, there are height limitations and boundary requirements for fences. For example, some counties allow fences directly on the property line while others require you to offset the fence. If you have any doubts about where your property lines are, have a survey done. After verifying your local zoning laws, it’s not a bad idea to check with your local Homeowner’s Association (HOA) too. They might have strict guidelines about the types of fences, including materials and colors, you can build on your property.
2. Mark Off Your Utilities
If you do not have a fence around your property already, you are going to have to mark the utility lines before building a privacy fence. If you don’t mark off the utility lines on your property, you could accidently hit pipes or wires underground while installing your fence, which could end up being an expensive mistake. You also don’t want your fence directly on top of utility lines either. If the county has to do repair work, your brand new fence might be torn out. Before you dig, call 811 to get in touch with your local utility companies.
3. Land Area and Grading
Alright, so now that you have the go-ahead to install a privacy fence it’s time to figure out where it’s going to be on your property. For those that live a townhome community or subdivision, you probably already have a plat that shows the divisions of your land drawn to scale. If you do not have a plat, you can purchase a measuring wheel to determine the amount of fencing materials you will need.
While measuring, remember that you are probably going to install a post about every six to eight feet depending on the style of fence and panel size selected. Many DIY fence builders forget to account for posts, which are often the most expensive part of the installation. Fence posts must be buried at least three feet into the ground and set with concrete, adding to the cost.
If you are building a privacy fence on a slope, you are also going have to consider how to install the fence on an angle. A sloped landscape means more work, as you have to dig, plant, pour, and balance the fence. For DIYers, building on a slope can be a time-consuming challenge to tackle. If you hired a professional company, this additional work could lead to higher costs due to longer installation time.
4. Privacy Fence Materials
Now that you have the area measured, you’re ready to select your materials. Typically, privacy fences are about six feet in height and come in pre-built panels. A popular choice for homeowners is a wooden privacy fence, as they come in a lot of styles and are easier to customize than other fencing materials. Here are the types of wooden privacy fences we offer:
- Stockage: The sharp top edge prevents climbing.
- Tongue & Groove: The interlocked boards stay in position, adding stability.
- Lattice Top: The crisscrossing design provides a decorative touch.
If you’re interested in customizing your wooden fence, you can apply a stain to protect the natural wood or paint it a color that matches your decorating style. Remember, stain and paint are not permanent and will need to be reapplied. If you want a privacy fence that needs little to no maintenance, a vinyl privacy fence might be a good choice.
Vinyl privacy fences are one of the more expensive fencing materials, but have a longer life than wood and require little maintenance. Vinyl comes in similar styles to wood privacy fences, including solid boards and panels with a lattice top.
For pricing, wood is a less expensive material than vinyl. Choose the material that suits your needs, but remember that going with the cheapest option might not be the best idea long term. A less expensive wood often means it’s of a lower quality and will have to be replaced sooner. A cheaper vinyl fence can mean that the vinyl is thinner and requires more support, leading to additional cost. Building a privacy fence as an investment, and consider possible upkeep in the future as well as the initial price of installation.
5. Labor vs DIY
Installing your own fence is where DIYers can save the most money. Just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your fence won’t be either. If want to get the most out of building your own fence, research how to install a fence, grab a buddy, and take your time.
To eliminate costly mistakes, DIYers should seriously consider getting a friend to help with installation. For example, it’s hard for a person to attach panels evenly alone. Taking your time during construction is important too, as attaching panels before the cement around your posts is completely dry will make the fence crooked.
If you want to install a privacy fence right away with no hassle, consider contacting a professional fencing company. While the cost of labor will be higher than doing it on your own, the fence will be installed faster, and you’ll avoid getting frustrated over a DIY job gone wrong.
Want to install a privacy fence?
If you’re ready to install a privacy fence around your property, we’re here to help. We can provide the materials you need to get the job done. One of our consultants can help you determine the cost of building a privacy fence. If you want the construction of your privacy fence to be hassle free, we can build it for you. Let us know how we can help you make your backyard the private oasis you’ve always wanted.