There is a lot to like about composite fencing. It never needs to be painted, is very durable, available in a nice range of colors and is easy to maintain. Composite provides a wood appearance without the hassles wood fencing brings to your back yard. The material is used to enclose entire back yards, gardens, children or pet areas, decks, patios and pools.
While there are cheaper fence materials available when the initial cost is considered, a composite fence has excellent value when considered over its 25-40 year lifespan. You’ll save on painting or staining costs, and the fence won’t have to be replaced as quickly as a standard wood fence would need to be.
This composite fence guide provides the details you need to make an informed decision about composite for your project. Our library of fence guides covers all the most popular materials, so comparing composite fence cost, styles, maintenance and care can be done right here.
How Much Does Composite Fence Cost?
The cost of the composite fence is determined by the quality of the composite material, the height of the fence panels or planks and the type of fence. Picket fencing, with less material than privacy fencing or shadowbox fencing, costs less per linear foot.
Here are prices for composite fencing in linear feet:
- Composite picket fencing: $9-$22
- Composite privacy fencing: $20-$32
- Composite premium fencing: $28-$45
When you receive fence estimates, they should be broken down into materials and installation costs, so you’ll see where your money is going and you’ll understand how much you could save by installing the fence yourself.
Here is the package price for 164 linear feet of fencing:
|Fence Type||Cost Of Materials||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Foot|
|Standard Composite Fence||$1476-$3608||$328-$648||$1804-$4256||$11.00-$26.00|
|Mid-Range Composite Fence||$3280-$5248||$615-$820||$3895-$6068||$23.75-$37.00|
|Top-Quality Composite Fence||$4592-$7380||$768-$984||$5360-$7464||$32.70-$45.50|
|Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot.|
Considerations for Installation
Your fence can be entirely composite, meaning the posts are composite with wood or steel inserts for strength, or you can use a pressure-treated frame to which composite planks are attached. The total-composite fence is more common, but using a pressure-treated frame is a money-saving option. Composite decks, for example, are under girded with a pressure-treated base.
DIY installation is quite possible if you’ve got experience installing fence. Most composite fence manufacturers provide installation instructions that are easy to follow. The Home Depot has a set of instructions too that give you a tools and supplies list along with a step-by-step guide. You’ll save the $3-$6 per linear foot cost of installation by doing it yourself.
Composite Fence Style, Details and Usage
Composite fencing comes in many styles and heights from 3’ to 8’ in most lines.
To create a private space, use composite plank or shadowbox fencing in heights from 6’ to 8’. Some plank fencing has a section of 12” to 24” lattice on top. Composite fencing is also available in a fieldstone design that is among the costliest composite fence products but is very stylish.
The top lines of composite fence include accessory options such as your choice of slat design, top rail style, gates, post caps and wood-textured or smooth surfaces. Most are available in several colors offering the look of natural, stained or painted wood.
Browse manufacturers’ and retailers’ sites to see the range of styles available.
Common Uses of this Fence Type
Picket fence adds a decorative touch and is tall enough to enclose small dogs or a toddlers’ play area. Ranch rail fencing can be used for cattle, but is also chosen simply to give the landscape a rustic ambience.
Plank and shadowbox fence is ideal for enclosing an area as small as a patio or as large as a big back yard. It offers privacy and keeps pets and children in a safe area.
Maintenance and Upkeep of Composite Fences
The top reason for choosing composite over wood is that it requires very little maintenance while wood is quite demanding in terms of labor and cost over the lifespan of the fence.
Each manufacturer provides direction for how to best care for its products. Most often, occasional washing with mild detergent, a soft cloth and garden hose is all that is required.
There are a few types of vinyl composite fences, including picket, privacy and premium, the cost will vary depending on which you choose. A composite fence however will average around $23 – $37 per linear foot.