Chain Link Fence Installation Cost

How much does it cost to install a chain link fence?

Known as a hurricane fence, cyclone fence, diamond mesh fence, or wire mesh fence, a chain link fence is an inexpensive fencing solution for homes and businesses. The fences are made out of galvanized steel wires that run vertically from top to bottom. The wires are bent at 45 degree angles around one another to form a diamond pattern that is durable and secure, but without wind resistance. This makes them a suitable fencing solution for areas that face frequent high winds and the damage that they can cause.

Chain link fences can be installed nearly anywhere. They are frequently used, however, in situations such as:

  • Utility areas or around HVAC units.
  • Playgrounds and other areas where line of sight through the fence is necessary.
  • High wind areas where a solid fence may sustain damage.
  • Industrial areas where security is necessary.
  • Homes and businesses that need a fence for security purposes or to contain animals, but that require a lower cost solution.

Chain link fences cost less than half what other wood, stone, or wrought iron fences do, making them a great alternative for those that need the security of a fence, but who don’t want the higher costs associated with other fencing materials.

Cost breakdown

Materials

Costs for chain link fences range from around $7 to $12 a linear foot for a 4-foot high fence, making a 200 linear foot fence cost roughly $1,400 to $2,400 in materials. Costs can vary depending on whether or not the fence is vinyl 1 coated and for taller fences, as well as for heavier wire.

Chain link fencing is available in 5- and 6-foot heights, for an increase of around $2 more per linear foot. The gauge or thickness of the wire will also impact pricing; the lower the gauge, the thicker the wire and the higher the cost of the fence. Chain link fencing typically comes in 11.5 and 9 gauge wire, with the 9 gauge wire typically costing close to double what the 11.5 gauge wire costs.

Vinyl-coated wire typically costs about twice as much as uncoated galvanized steel 2 wire - closer to $14 per linear foot while the same gauge and height wire fence uncoated will cost closer to $7 a foot.

Labor

Chain link fences are fairly straightforward to install, and can be done DIY if desired. Holes must be dug for the posts, which are set into concrete. The chain link wire “fabric” is then strung tightly between the posts and attached using brackets 3. To have the fencing professionally installed typically costs around $8 to $14 a linear foot in labor, or around $1,600 to $2,800 in labor for a 200 linear foot fence , making the total cost around $15 to $26 a linear foot or $3,000 to $5,200 for 200 linear feet on average.

You can expect it to take about a week to have the fence installed. The posts are set in concrete in about one day, then the concrete needs to cure for three to four more days before the fabric can be strung and the fence finished. Stringing 4 the fabric and hanging any gates takes an additional day for a total of 5 to 6 days start to finish installing the fence.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Gates

To make the most of your fence, you’ll likely want to install a gate to give you access to the area. A typical gate costs around $60 for a 4-foot gate and $100 for a 6-foot gate; gate install costs are usually included in the cost per linear foot of installation.

Privacy Slats

If desired, you may also want to install chain link slats on your fence, which helps provide some privacy to your yard or property. Chain link slat is usually sold by the box. Chain link slats come in a variety of colors to help your fence blend in with the rest of your property. A box of slats costs around $45, and to have it installed professionally adds $2 to $3 per linear foot to your installation costs.

Fabric Screen

If you want to temporarily give your fence some privacy, or if you want to add some color or interest to your chain link fence, you may opt for a fabric screen. Fabric screens are lightweight, printed material that are hung on the outside of the fence. They are meant to let air pass through, but not light giving you privacy. They do not last as long as slats, but may give you a more custom look. Fabric screens start at around $0.99 a linear foot, and custom screens are available for as much as $6 a linear foot.

Additional considerations and costs

Dig Safe

Because the posts for chain link fencing must be set in the ground, it’s always recommended that you call your local utility company before having fencing installed to make sure you will not be digging where there are utility lines, gas pipes, or other unsafe lines buried beneath your yard. Your utility company will mark unsafe areas at no cost to you so that you can safely install the fence.

Local Building Codes

Local codes and homeowner associations may have restrictions on the height of fencing installed in your area, particularly if that fencing will block sight lines. Always check with local authorities before installing fencing to ensure that you are in compliance.

Alternative Materials

Chain link fencing is just one option available to property owners. Other low cost fencing includes vinyl 1 fences at $5,000 to $7,500 for 200 linear feet installed and aluminum fencing at around $4,320 for 200 linear feet installed.

Maintenance

Chain link fencing is a fairly low maintenance fencing solution for most homes. Having a vinyl 1 coating on your fence makes it even lower maintenance and longer lasting. Chain link fences can be washed with soap and water to remove most dirt and debris.

Fencing Permits

Check with your town or city hall before having your fence installed to find out if a permit is necessary for installation. If so, submit the plans for your fence to the relevant office to obtain a building permit. Once your fence is installed, it will be subject to inspection to ensure that it meets all relevant building codes.

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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others

Cost to install a chain link fence varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

National average

$3,000

(200 linear feet of 4-foot fencing professionally installed with gate)

Low: $1,460
(DIY installation of 200 linear feet of 4-foot fencing and gate)
High: $6,400
(200 linear feet of 6-foot fencing with gate and custom fabric screen)

Cost to install a chain link fence varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from fence contractors in your city.

Alternatives
Cost

Fences - Install
$3,000
Chain Link Fence - Install
$1,600 - $4,500
Metal Fence - Install
$1,120
Pool Fence - Install
$240
$5,000 - $7,500
Vinyl Fence - Install
$860 - $1,100
Wire Fence - Install
$3,000-$5,700
Wood Fence - Install

Related
Cost

$200 - $425
$150 - $9,500
Driveway Gate - Install
 

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Abington, PA
+41%
Allentown, PA
+11%
Amarillo, TX
-15%
Antioch, CA
+30%
Arcata, CA
-19%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Bayonne, NJ
+23%
Blanchard, OK
-26%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Clearwater, FL
-14%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gainesville, FL
-12%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Gulfport, MS
-3%
Harrisburg, IL
-28%
Houston, TX
+24%
Hudson, NH
+33%
Irvington, NY
+40%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Katy, TX
+63%
Killeen, TX
-27%
La Fayette, GA
-37%
Langley, WA
-34%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Manhattan, KS
-11%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
Naples, FL
-3%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Park Hills, MO
-36%
Pasadena, TX
+16%
Pensacola, FL
-19%

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