Fence: Ultimate Guide To Selecting, Buying, Installing


ultimate fence guide

In this guide, you’ll learn how to select the best fence for your yard.

Selecting the right fence can be fun but also overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for. We have distilled the plethera of pages, posts and videos on fences – into this comprehensive guide..

So if you’re having trouble finding the right fence for you or you’re just getting started, or you’re looking to hone your skills — don’t worry.

You’re in the right place.


Chapter 01 – CHAIN LINK FENCE

Chain Link Fence

Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fencing for residential and commercial applications because it is affordable and easy to install. 

Chain Link Fence

The fence is available in different sizes, materials, and appearances.

 A chain link fence is suitable for temporary fencing or as a protective shield for restriction in a particular area.

We show you the costs breakdowns as well as detailed installation instructions, FAQs and maintenance answers so you can quickly install your own Chain Link Fence or know the full cost if you hire it out.

Chain Link Fence: Cost

The cost of installing a Chain link fence varies and ranges between $1,241 and $5,194 (including professional labor cost).

Where To Purchase?

Online

  • Home Depot
  • Lowes
  • Walmart
  • Amazon

In-store

  • Home Depot
  • Lowes
  • Walmart
  • 84 Lumber
  • Ace Hardware
  • Your local fence company

Chain Link Fence: Types

Chain Link Fence: Installation

Chain Link Fence Installation: Steps

  • Confirm Fence is within the property line
  • Check with HOA, County (possible permits)
  • Check with neighbor
  • Call 811 to locate utility cables before digging
  • Walk fence line and remove debris
  • Cut back tree branches

1. Layout

Step 1

  • walk your fence line and mark out where your gate and posts will be located.
  • Use a string and stake to stake out the entire fence before you dig the 1st hole.

Step 2 – square corners.

  • Use the 3, 4, 5 method to square corners.
  • Measure out 3′ on one side and 4′ on the opposite side.
  • The measurement in the middle should be 5′.

Check out our Chain Link Fence Cost & Installation guide for extensive details on the 13 Extra Steps to complete the installation process.

Chain Link Fence: Maintenance

Metal fences require less maintenance than wood fences. 

Paint all scratches and recoat to prevent rust.   People using metal fences made with rustproof aluminum have the least maintenance work to do. 

RELATED POST: Chain Link Fence Cost & Installation guide for extensive details on the 13 Extra Steps to complete the installation process.

Chapter 02 – METAL FENCE

Metal Fence: Cost 

The cost of metal fence installation varies. 

Homeowners spend between $2,203 and $5,592 on metal fence installation and may possibly spend over $8,000. 

The linear per foot range is between $7-$32 per foot. 

Metal fences

Metal Fence: Types

Metal Fence: Maintenance

Metal fences require less maintenance than wood fences. 

Paint all scratches and recoat to prevent rust.   People using metal fences made with rustproof aluminum have the least maintenance work to do. 

Metal Fence: Accessories

Fence posts

Your new panel won’t look ravishing the way it should if it is surrounded by old, haggard posts, so a high-quality fence post will compliment your panel aesthetic.

 Apart from complimenting the external structure of your fencing, it also plays a part in environmental aesthetics. 

Gate posts

You’ll need a new gate post along with your new fence post. 

Gates posts are designed to hold the latches and hunches together when connecting the gates to the fence. 

Most posts are wider and strong to withstand the extra weight. 

Because it is the support that determines the gate strength. 

So having strong, durable support is a priority. 

Gravel boards 

Gravel boards are positioned above the ground, below the fence panel, and between 140mm-150mm in height to protect against insect damage, wet soil effect, and debris. 

Not only do gravel boards close unnecessary fencing gaps, but also improve durability and aesthetics – plus privacy. 

Slats

Also called the privacy slat, a fence slat is a plastic or metal material inserted into the metal fence to optimize privacy.

 Slats are made from plastic or aluminum. 

In addition, slat offers more than just privacy – they are also available in different colors, design and customized branding. 

Top lock, bottom lock, hinged lock, and fence weave are some of the popular types of slats. 

RELATED POST: Metal Fence guide for 11 Answers to must know FAQs.

Chapter 03 – WOOD FENCE

Wood Fence

Apart from beautifying the environment, wood fences provide security, privacy, and containment for the kids.  

On the flip side, they’re less durable and require a bit of maintenance. 

Cheaper wood is prone to shrinking rot, crack, warp, or pest damage, wood fencing usually has a limited life span, especially in wet climate regions. 

Apart from these shortcomings, many people love woods for their aesthetic offering, and if Installed the right way – can last for multiple decades. 

Here’s where we answer all your questions about wood fencing.

Wood Fence: Cost

Putting these variables into consideration, the average cost of installing a wood fence is around $3,222. 

But the price usually ranges between $1,996 – $4,448 or $14 – $31 per foot.

Wood Fence : Types

RedwoodCedarPine
$50$34$40
Very durable
Resists shrinking,
warping, cracking
Durable
Resists shrinking
warping, cracking
More prone to shrinking
warping, cracking
Resistant to termitesNot resistant to termites
Life expectancy:
30 years
Life expectancy:
25 years
Life expectancy:
Low
5-10 years

Wood  Fence Types: Redwood Fence

Cost: $50-$150 panel depending on design. Most are under $75 panel

Longevity. Redwood fences last a long time, 25+ years with many lasting 30+ with the right maintenance.

Durability (very high)

  • Shrink? Very little. Redwood fences are some of the best fences to resist moisture. So they will not easily expand and then shrink when it is dry.
  • Swell? Redwood fences have a natural chemical that prevents it from absorbing too much moisture.
  • Will it warp? Redwood fences have a straight grain pattern which makes them straight over time so they won’t warp. 

Pro Tip: Seal the end of the boards to prevent mositure loss, the boards drying out which leads to warping. 

Does redwood rot easily?

No, not easily. After several decades it will be more susceptible to rot and deterioration.

Maintenance. A typical redwood fence will last around 25 years without any staining or painting. That doesn’t mean you should not stain it.

  • Staining. You can stain your redwood fence to further protect it against the elements and excess drying out. 
  • Painting 

Eaten by termites? No. Termites do not generally eat Redwood fences as redwood is naturally resistant to termites.

Cons:

Wood  Fence Types: Cedar Fence

Cost: $30-50 panel depending on design. Most are under $40 panel

Longevity.Cedar fences last a long time, 15-30+ years with the right maintenance.

Durability (high)

  • Shrink? Very little. Cedar fences are some of the best fences to resist moisture. So they will not easily expand and then shrink when it is dry.
  • Swell? Cedar fences will not absorb much mositure.
  • Will it warp? Cedar fences have a straight grain wood which makes them straight over time so they won’t warp. 
Does cedar rot easily?

No, not easily. After several decades it will be more susceptible to rot and deterioration.

Maintenance. A typical redwood fence will last around 15 years without any staining or painting. That doesn’t mean you should not stain it.

  • Staining. You can stain your redwood fence to further protect it against the elements and excess drying out. 
  • Painting 

Eaten by termites? No. Termites do not generally eat Cedar fences as they are not attracted to cedar wood.

Cons:

Wood  Fence Types: Pine Fence

Cost: $30-35 panel depending on design. Most are under $35 panel

Longevity. Pine fences last a long time, 5-10+ years with the right maintenance.

Durability (low)

  • Shrink, warp, split? Yes, a lot. Pressure Treated Pine fences are famous for shrinking, warping and even pulling off the post and falling over. 

Does pine rot easily?

Yes. After a few years it will deteriorate much quicker than cedar or redwood fences.

Maintenance. A typical pine fence will last around 3-5 years without any staining or painting. That doesn’t mean you should not stain it.

  • Staining. You should stain a pine fence to further protect it against the elements and excess drying out. 
  • Painting. You can paint a pine fence but they look much better with an rich stain. 

Eaten by termites? Yes. Termites will eat Pine fences much quicker than cedar or redwood.

Cons:

Wood Fence: Maintenance

Wood Fence Installation:

  • Confirm Fence is within the property line
  • Check with HOA, County (possible permits)
  • Check with neighbor
  • Call 811 to locate utility cables before digging
  • Walk fence line and remove debris
  • Cut back tree branches

1. Layout

Step 1

  • walk your fence line and mark out where your gate and posts will be located.
  • Use a string and stake to stake out the entire fence before you dig the 1st hole.

Step 2 – square corners.

  • Use the 3, 4, 5 method to square corners.
  • Measure out 3′ on one side and 4′ on the opposite side.
  • The measurement in the middle should be 5′.

Check out our Wood Fence: 11 Answers You Must Know guide for extensive details on the 8 Extra Steps to complete the installation process.

RELATED POST: Check out our Wood Fence: 11 Answers You Must Know guide for extensive details on the 8 Extra Steps to complete the installation process.

Chapter 04 – COMPOSITE FENCE

Composite Fence: Cost

Composite Fence : Types

Composite Fence: Installation

Composite Fence: Maintenance

RELATED POST: Metal Fence guide for 11 Answers to must know FAQs.

Chapter 05 – VINYL FENCE

Vinyl Fence: Cost

Vinyl Fence : Types

Vinyl Fence: Installation

Vinyl Fence: Maintenance

RELATED POST: Metal Fence guide for 11 Answers to must know FAQs.

Chapter 06 – PRIVACY FENCE

Privacy Fence: Cost

Privacy Fence : Types

Privacy Fence: Installation

Privacy Fence: Maintenance

RELATED POST: Metal Fence guide for 11 Answers to must know FAQs.

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