What to Consider When Installing a Wooden Fence

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Wooden fence installation is a huge task. While many people understand the expense of the rails, fence posts, and pickets, they may not consider the added costs from the sealant, gate(s), and hardware. The price is dependent on the height and size of the fence as well as the type of wood used. 


Cypress, pine, and cedar are popular options for building a fence, though cypress and cedar are a bit pricier than lower-quality pine. Due to how the woods vary, some builders advise on using pine as the posts and cedar for the pickets to optimize overall permanence and sturdiness. This is because treated pine is decay-resistant and works better on land while cedar better resists the effects of rain and sun. Pine posts are cheaper than cedar fence posts, which cost twice as much as pine, and will therefore make a large difference in the budget without affecting the quality.  

Another good choice is redwood though it is very pricey compared to the options mentioned above. The main benefit of redwood is its aesthetic value but it should be treated to avoid becoming grey after aging and exposure.  


In addition to painting or staining, it is advisable to apply a waterproof sealant to your wooden fence to shield it from the elements. It can be applied alone or after painting or staining. Most sealants need to be reapplied every 6 – 24 months, but it depends on the advice from the manufacturer. The most common sealants are clear though the pigmented ones are currently becoming popular.  


Normally the length of a fence is measured in linear feet. Length is a factor that determines the total cost of the wooden fence installation task. A longer fence will obviously cost more than a shorter one. However, polygonal fences that do not have square or rectangular shapes will have extra costs due to increased labor, hardware, and posts. 


As with longer fences, taller fences will obviously cost more as well due to the increased size of the materials needed. Homeowners should consider how tall a fence they require. For people attempting to fence in their dog, very few small dogs can jump a 6-foot fence. However, you will still need to consider certain precautions to avoid other risks like burrowing underneath. For a dog that likes to dig, consider adding reinforcing bars at the base to prevent escape. For those looking added privacy or larger dogs that can jump higher than most, 8-foot fences are a better option so long as the topography allows it.   


Gates are more expensive than average paneling though they are useful even for fenced regions that are easily reachable through the exterior home door. Gates can be decorative complement the beauty of the fence. Gate cost is approximately 25 % more than one panel of similar material. 

It is not a must to have a wooden gate. They can also be made from chain link, mixed materials, or wrought iron though some of these options are more expensive than wood. For gates at the front of your house, you should consider spending more on an upgraded look to enhance your curb appeal. For side or rear-facing gates, consider saving some cash by selecting a cheaper option such as a plain wood or chain link gate. Gates’ price also depends on their size. Normally an average gate has a width of 4 feet, though gates wide enough to let through vehicles can be more expensive and are mostly used for automated driveway entrances.  

Extra features  

Some common add-on items for fences made of wood include fence-toppers, post-caps, and latticework. These features can add elegance to a traditional fence. Fence panels that have latticework are very expensive but can be worth it for the aesthetic appeal and height they add to the fence. The more complex the design, the costlier the panel will be. 

Fence toppers and post caps are somewhat affordable but vary depending on the kind and number used for the job.  There are also solar-powered post-caps for illumination.  

Fence toppers comprise of rails for the upper part of the fence to offer a more complete appearance. Cost will again depend on the type of wood and the width and length needed.  

Final Thoughts 

There are so many options available to customize your wooden fence. With so many size, material, and add-on options, you can easily customize your needs and wants to fit your budget. Wooden fences can serve both function and beauty for all budgets.