Installing a fence can be a worthwhile project, but can also be an expensive one. As a homeowner, you may feel the need to budget for your fencing project well in advance. So you'll need to have an idea of how much it costs. Here are some of the factors that can increase or decrease the cost of a fencing project.
1. Fence material and size
Some fence materials, such as chain-link fencing, are popular for their versatility and affordability. Wood fencing can also be affordable, depending on what type of wood you choose. However, choosing a fence made out of expensive materials, such as aluminum or wrought iron, can raise the price of your fence installation considerably.
The size of the yard you want to fence will also affect the cost of the project because a larger yard will have a larger perimeter that requires more fence materials and labor. And building a higher fence can be more expensive since it requires more material as well.
2. Complexity and add-ons
A more complex fencing system will take longer to install. For example, if you need to have your fence partially buried underground to keep out moles, your fence contractors will have a lot of extra digging to do. This will raise the labor costs and the total cost of the job.
Add-ons, such as an automatically opening driveway gate, will also increase the cost of the project. To install an automatic gate, fence contractors have to install the gate itself and other components like the opening arm. They also have to set up the control box, which needs to be connected to electricity and protected from weather, and they need to make sure everything is properly connected. This process can add considerably to the cost of your project.
Other extras that can increase the price of your fence include things like decorative fence toppers or specialized fence finishes.
3. Difficulty of the terrain
If you're installing a fence up a hill, your fencing contractors may need to use special equipment and techniques. For instance, they may need custom-cut boards for the fence, depending on whether you want a racked fence construction or a stair step fence construction.
In addition, the project may take longer (thus increasing labor costs) if the contractors have to get materials and equipment to an inaccessible location.
As you can see, different fence systems will require different materials and different types of skilled labor. These are some of the factors that can alter how much the installation (including labor and materials) for your fence project will cost. Contact a local fence contractor today to request a quote for your fence installation project.