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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Chain Link Fence?


Angi, formerly known as Angie’s List, wants to help you find the right solutions for your home improvement needs. If you are looking to fence in a front or back yard, or create a fence around your entire property, you may be thinking about installing a chain link fence.

Here’s what you need to know about chain link fencing, including its cost:

The Cost of Chain Link Fencing

The cost of a chain link fence can vary. Typically, the material cost for the fencing is around $5 to $20 per foot. Chain link fencing that is taller and of thicker gauge can go for up to $40 per foot. The height of the fence as well as the gauge, or the thickness of the metal, will affect the overall cost of the chain link fence. Chain link fences that are powder-coated or treated also tend to cost more.

The Cost of Chain Link Fencing Installation

Buying the materials for a chain link fence is only one of the costs associated with this type of fencing. The installation of a chain link fence typically costs around $10 to $20 per linear foot. Installation costs can also increase based on the terrain where the fence is being installed. If the terrain is flat and level, it makes installing a fence easier. If the terrain is rocky or uneven, installing a fence can take more time which can increase the overall cost. On average, installation costs amount to 25 to 50 percent of the total costs associated with the chain link fence.

Additional Costs

The cost of the chain link fence materials and installation are not the only costs you will incur when it comes to installing a chain link fence. Some people decide to place mesh around their chain link fence to fill in the holes or gaps. Mesh typically runs $2 to $15 per linear foot. Privacy slats can also be used to fill in gaps or holes in chain link fencing. This option typically runs about $3 to $5 per linear foot. Posts are needed to hold the chain link fencing up. Each post is about $15 to $25 and post caps typically cost $1 to $4 each. Lastly, you may want a gate in your chain link fencing. Walkway gates can range from $50 to $130 each, whereas driveway gates can range from $50 to $200 per linear foot.

The Benefits of Chain Link Fencing

Many people opt for chain link fences for a number of reasons. First off, chain link fencing is typically cheaper than other types of fencing, including wood and vinyl. Chain link fencing is also relatively durable and easy to clean and maintain.

On average, homeowners will pay $2,124 to have a chain link fence installed around their property, with a median price ranging from $1,180 to $3,086. If you’re interested in installing a chain link fence around your property, contact local fencing companies to obtain estimates.

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