How Much Does Vinyl Fencing Cost?

Typical Range:

$2,270 - $5,712

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Updated May 18, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Vinyl fencing typically costs between $10 and $40 per linear foot. Expect to pay $3,975 on average, or between $2,270 and $5,712 for professional installation. Designer-grade fences cost the most at $17,000 or more.

Typical styles of vinyl fencing include variations of picket and privacy fences with heights ranging from 3 to 12 feet but most fall in the 4- to 6-foot-tall range.

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National Average $3,975
Typical Range $2,270 - $5,712
Low End - High End $940 - $9,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 4,670 HomeAdvisor members.

Vinyl Fence Cost per Square Foot

For most 4- and 6-foot-high vinyl fences, you’ll pay $15 to $40 per linear foot. Materials make up $10 to $30 per linear foot, with labor making up about $5 to $10 per linear foot.

Length in Feet Typical Cost
100 $1,500 – $6,000
200 $3,000 – $12,000
300 $4,500 – $18,000
500 $7,500 – $30,000
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Vinyl Fence Installation Cost Factors

Various design and fitting aspects influence the final price of your vinyl fence installation. Talk to your designer or fence installer for specific pricing since they vary significantly between brand, area, and installer.

Design

These upgrades can add anywhere from $1 to $30 per linear foot

  • Colors: Popular white is usually the least expensive option, with unusual dark shades sometimes costing almost twice as much. 

  • Thickness: High-end brands tend to have thicker, more durable panels and posts that increase the price.

  • Hardware grade: You can choose from builder-grade to designer-grade handles, hinges, and posts.

  • Faux-granite, wood, or stone styles and textures: Adding a finish that looks like wood grain or stone may add to the price.

  • Decorative touches on the tops of slats: This includes latticework, woven patterns, and ornate work.

  • Embellishments on the posts: Designer caps and lights.

Height

Height in Feet Cost per Linear Foot
4’ $15 – $25
6’ $25 – $40
8’ $30 – $45
10’ $35 – $50
12’ $40 – $60

Number of Posts

The number of posts you’ll need varies depending on the width of your panels. You can space the posts on 8-foot wide panels further apart than those on 6-foot panels. Although 8-foot wide panels usually cost more than 6-foot panels, because they require fewer posts and less labor to dig post holes and fill them with cement, they can work out less expensive overall.

Local building codes can also dictate posts’ spacing, burial depth, and adequate amount of concrete.

Post Height

If you live in a cold region, you might need to dig posts below the frost line to avoid upheavals. This increases costs as and requires taller posts and more concrete and labor.

Gates

Vinyl fence gates cost $300 to $1,500 to purchase and install. That’s on top of the per linear foot price of your fence. Large, ornate double fencing might cost up to $2,500. You’ll want to match your gate to existing styles.

Slope

It’s more challenging to build a fence on a slope, so pros often charge more for the extra time and effort this type of installation requires. If your yard is on a major slope, it may require grading work to level it out. The cost to level land for fence installation is $10 to $18 per cubic yard.

Permits

Every municipality has different rules regarding if and when fence permits are a requirement. The height, position, materials, and location can all influence whether you’ll have to apply. For example, if your fence is 4 feet rather than 6 feet, you might not need one. Fortunately, in terms of building permit costs, fence permits are one of the least costly. Expect to pay between $20 to $60.

Your fencing contractor may be able to apply and obtain a permit when it’s necessary. However, always check directly with your local authority before progressing with any work.

Fence Removal

If you’re replacing an old fence and you don’t have the time or skill to remove it yourself, factor in labor costs of $3 to $5 per linear foot to have it taken away.

Removing Landscape

Shrubs, debris, tree stumps, or even whole trees that are on or close to the planned fence line might need removing. For single tree clearing costs, expect to pay an average of $700, and an average of $345 for individual tree stump removal costs. For basic yard clean-up work, like removing debris and shrubs, a landscaper might charge $45 to $75 per hour.

Location of Fence

A fence at the top of a terraced yard or another hard-to-reach location where it is difficult to bring in materials and work on the installation often means extra charges from the professionals.

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Vinyl Fencing Cost by Type

Style Cost per Linear Foot Total Average Price
Privacy $25 – $60 $3,000 – $18,000
Three Rail or Horse $15 – $25 $1,500 – $7,500
Picket $15 – $20 $1,500 – $4,500

Privacy

Standard 6-foot-tall vinyl privacy fences cost $25 to $35 per linear foot. Taller styles with upgraded designs may increase the price up to $60 per linear foot. You can upgrade these with decorative features at the top. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Horizontal patterns

  • Lattice effects

  • Criss-cross patterns

Place these taller styles to create privacy and reduce noise from busy roads. Privacy fences don't allow users to see through the material. Instead, slats form a solid wall of vinyl that helps secure your home and yard’s privacy.

Three-Rail or Horse

vinyl picket fence material costs average $15 to $20, for fencing 3 to 4 feet tall

Three-rail vinyl fencing costs $1,500 to $7,500 on average, with pricing depending primarily on the length. Three-rail, also called split rail, ranch, or horse fence, takes its name from the distinctive three horizontal rails running between posts. This vinyl style has grown in popularity in recent years for its budget effectiveness.

Picket

You’ll spend $15 to $20 per linear foot for most vinyl picket fencing. Typically 3 to 4 feet tall, this is one of the most popular front-yard fence styles. Although not effective for privacy or pets, it adds a classic aesthetic to your home while clearly defining property lines.

DIY Installation vs. Pro

On average, labor costs $35 to $50 per hour or $5 to $10 per linear foot. Labor makes up only a small part of your budget for vinyl. For similar lengths of fence, you’ll pay more since vinyl materials run two to three times more than that of a comparable wood fence, while the labor budget remains nearly the same.

While you can save some money learning about vinyl fencing basics and doing this project yourself, it’s often better to involve a pro. Compared to wood, vinyl installation requires a greater degree of precision and understanding of the process. You can trim wood to fit as you need it, but vinyl comes pre-cut, requiring more planning. It’s impossible to hide accidental cuts, mistakes mean purchasing additional sections, and the average cost to repair a vinyl fence is $545.

FAQs

What is the difference between PVC and vinyl fencing?

You’ll find PVC and vinyl used to describe the same fencing material. PVC is a type of vinyl. For purchase and installation purposes, there is no difference between the two.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a vinyl fence?

Pros Cons
No maintenance Expensive to install
Limited variety of colors Can’t paint it
Won’t rust or rot Can fade over time
Installs quickly Repairs mean replacing pickets or panels
Can recycle it Not good in extreme climates (heat, cold and wind)

Is a vinyl fence cheaper than wood?

Vinyl fencing is more expensive than wood. However, vinyl fencing typically lasts much longer than wood fencing, often making it a better long-term investment. Wood is a more DIY-friendly installation option than vinyl but requires more work and ongoing maintenance. It takes slightly longer to install, but it’s more forgiving of mistakes. However, you’ll need to paint, stain, or oil it every few years to keep it from rotting.

Are vinyl fences worth it?

Vinyl fences tend to get about a 60% ROI, depending on their condition and regional pricing differences. You’ll find that ROI varies a bit from location to location, based on a variety of local real estate factors. They’re also a good investment when looking for complete privacy with zero maintenance.

How long does a PVC fence last?

Vinyl fencing lasts anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the quality of the material and installation and the weather in the region.

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