A budget-friendly wood fence can be a reality. Multiple factors impact the cost of fence installation. By choosing lower-cost options for a few of these you can save quite a bit of cash on your new fence.
1. Wood Type
There are several wood options for the pickets. Untreated pine is often the least expensive, but it is also the most likely to rot or suffer damage. Pressure-treated wood is the next low-cost option, and it will resist pest damage and rot. Redwood and cedar may be attractive but they are some of the more expensive options. Generally, pressure-treated wood is the best compromise for price and longevity.
2. Fence Style
One way to save on materials is to opt for a fence style that requires fewer pickets. Open picket fences are an option. The wider the space between pickets, the fewer that are necessary. Narrow openings still provide for some privacy and security while still using fewer pickets than a solid fence. Another way to save on fence style is to choose plain rectangular boards that don't have decorative tips.
3. Layout Complexity
The layout of your landscape is another factor that contributes to cost. A relatively level yard with no trees or other obstructions will cost much less to fence than one with varying slopes and trees to go around. You may be able to save some money if you design the layout to bypass obstacles. For example, placing the fencing inside a row of a couple of trees instead of having the fences bump out around them.
4. Post Spacing
One of the more expensive components of a fence is the fence posts. These are large pieces of wood that are pressure treated to ensure they won't rot once sunk into the ground. If your area isn't especially wind-prone, you can increase the distance between posts so fewer are needed. Just keep in mind that local building codes will likely have a maximum spacing you must follow.
5. Finish Options
Fences should have a finish applied to protect the wood. There are many ways to finish a wood fence, but paint may be the least cost-effective. It will show wear the fastest and repainting can require costly scraping and sanding. A wood stain with sealant or a weather-proofing sealer are both less expensive options. They don't show wear and tear because they bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Further, you rarely need to have the fence sanded before it is re-stained.
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