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When homeowners start to plan a new home project, the first thing that always comes to mind is budget. There are many factors that can change the budget of any improvement, especially a new wood fence. Prices can vary significantly depending on the style and type of wood you’re using for your fencing project. For example, a 6’ wood privacy fence costs between $25 and $100 per panel, while a 4’ picket fence is between $3 and $75 per panel.
As you can see, there is quite a difference in those prices because there is a big difference in what material you choose. Premium wood fence choices, such as eastern white cedar or redwood, can cost around $100 per panel, while white wood can be as little as $28 per panel.
To properly budget for your project, determine what height you want your fence to be and what material you’ll be using. To help, use our Wood Fence Calculator to get a more accurate amount.
Many homeowners explore the idea of installing their wood fence as a DIY project. While it can be done, in order to make sure your wood fence is safe, long-lasting, and compliant with local codes, we advise against it. A fencing pro can help you have a smooth installation and is worth the investment. One of the most difficult parts of a fencing project is creating the post holes. They need to be exact so the rest of the installation goes in successfully and no utility lines are hit.
Start by researching fencing pros in your area. Keep in mind, the average cost to install a fence is $2,401, with most homeowners spending between $1,733 and $2,680. Look at reviews and ask friends, family or neighbors for referrals to fencing pros they’ve worked with.
If you’re considering a wood privacy fence, a large step in this process is how tall you’ll want it. However, did you know that most cities and home associations have restrictions on how high your wood fence can go? In most areas, the maximum height for a backyard privacy fence is 6’ and the maximum height for a front yard fence is 4’. This can vary by area, so check your local codes to make sure your fence is within the legal limits.
If you want to preserve the look of your new wood fence, you’ll want to give it a nice stain. This can help prevent weathering and water damage. Wood fence stain usually has to be reapplied every couple of years. A solid stain will last a long time, but may cover up the natural beauty of the wood. While a clear sealer will show off the wood you chose, it does not hold up well against the elements. I suggest going with a semitransparent stain that is a great medium between the two. You’ll likely have to restain your wood fence at least every two to three years to retain the appearance.
As I mentioned above, taking the time to re-stain your wood is a big part of keeping your wood fence in great shape. It’s important to know that wood fences do take a bit more maintenance than other types of fencing. Cleaning your wood fence is also important and necessary if you plan on staining your wood fence. The easiest and safest way is to use a cleaner applied with a scrub brush. Another tactic is to pressure wash your fence, which might be a good idea if you haven’t cleaned it in a long time. However, a pressure wash at too high of setting or too close to the wood panels can severely damage your wood.
Inspect your wood fence for any damage. Depending on where you live, termite damage can be a big concern for homeowners with wooden fences, specifically with the posts. To learn about how to detect insect damage, read How To Identify & Get Rid of Termites.
A part of your regular wood fence maintenance is inspecting the wood. It’s a good idea to do so at the start of spring and end of fall, as the changing weather may impact it. Common issues you may find are broken boards, damaged posts or nails that are falling out. While some of this you may be able to repair yourself, you may want to contact a pro. The average cost to repair a fence is $446.