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What Does Chain Link Fence Cost?

What does chain link fence cost? It's one of the most common questions about fence, and it's one that we get very often. The answer is: it depends.

In this article, we look at what chain link fence costs, and what affects the price of your fence, so that you can make informed decisions.

What Does Chain Link Fence Cost?

The cost of chain link fence depends on a variety of factors. The height of the fence. The finish. The specification. Whether you plan to self install or hire a contractor. But as a basic rule of thumb, an installed, four foot high galvanized chain link fence in a major city will cost you anything from around $18 per linear foot, not including any gates, and assuming your site is clear, level and doesn't have too many corners.

The material for the same fence, purchased from the Rite Way Online store, will cost you around $6 per linear foot, not including concrete and tools. That is also based on fence product collected from one of our shops.

That's a big difference, it's true, but when you factor in the labour and the convenience factor, there are still plenty of people who are more than happy to leave their fence to the professionals, and depending on the size of your yard, you might well think it's worth it too!

But labour isn't the only thing that affects the price of your fence, so when we answer the question "what does chain link fence cost" there are several other questions we have to ask first.

How High Is Your Fence?

This one is the first, most obvious question. We've covered the cost of four foot high fence, but five foot and six foot high fences have more material in them, so they're naturally more expensive. We're not talking huge differences, but you will pay a dollar or two more per foot for higher fences.

What Finish Do You Want?

Another big factor in determining what your chain link fence will cost is the finish. If you opt for standard galvanized fencing, you will pay less than you would for a powder and PVC coated version, but you will be sacrificing on the aesthetic appeal of the fence. Coated fences also have some advantage in corrosion resistance, although unless you're at the coast or in an extreme industrial environment, that's not usually a factor.

What Specification Do You Want?

When it comes to chain link fences, there are a vast array of fence specifications, and the truth is, the fence you buy from a professional fence company like Rite-Way is not the same as what you get at a big box store like Home Depot, Lowes or RONA.

Their fences are typically imported from China, and are made from lower grade materials. They're also lighter weight and the steel tubing elements of the fence are typically a 1/2" or more smaller in diameter than what you would get from a professional fence company. All of that translates into a much shorter lifespan, and a less effective fence system.

How Complicated Is Your Site?

When you get a per foot price for fencing, you're typically looking at a straight line on a flat site, on a sunny day. No fence is ever going to be like that, and every additional obstacle to easy installation will affect both material and labour to install the fence (if you're hiring a fence company to install for you.)

Extra corners and ends mean extra end post assemblies. Steep slopes mean additional tension posts. Changes in directions mean more corners. Gates mean more posts, and of course the gates.

On the installation side, hard ground, hand digging, complicated layouts and other factors will all affect the final price that you pay for your fence, and often, those things aren't known before the job starts, so depending on who does your install, you might be surprised with extra costs on labour too.

The Best Way to Save On Chain Link Fence

The best way to save on the cost of your chain link fence is not to ask what chain link fence costs, but to figure out how you can simplify your project.

Purchasing materials from Rite-Way Online can save you a bundle on professional grade materials, and if you're handy, doing the install yourself is absolutely an option.

Consider the layout of your fence, and whether you can change the position of fence lines or gates to eliminate unnecessary corners, ends and other costly items. Long straight lines of fence are the cheapest in materials and labour (and your time if you install your chain link fence yourself!)

As always though, if you need help figuring out the best chain link fence for your project, we're happy to help. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..