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Picket Fence Cost Comparison Guide

This page of the Fence Guides website takes a look at your options for materials and styles, as well as picket fence cost comparison tables for types and grades of picket fencing.. We discuss installing the fencing yourself or hiring a fencing contractor to do the work, with picket fence cost breakdowns included. You’ll have all the information you need to evaluate this type of fencing and decide if it’s a good choice for your project. The average cost of picket fence is $2500 – $4172, including installation for a 164 linear foot project.

Picket Fence Cost for a 164 Linear Foot Project
Low Cost$1312 – $2296
Medium Cost$2460 – $3280
High Cost$3936 – $6232
Average Cost$2500 – $4172

Picket Fence Costs Compared With Other Fence Types

Picket fences remain a very popular fence style, but now you’ve got more options for the type of material that is used. Painted wood is still a top choice, but because it is high-maintenance, low-maintenance materials are being used more than ever. Today’s picket fences are made from vinyl which is maintenance-free and from cedar and redwood which look very good left natural and can be painted or stained too. Our Pinterest board gives some ideas at the bottom of this page.

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How Much Do Picket Fences Cost?

You might want to start by considering the material you use for your fencing. For a traditional white picket fence, wood is the most obvious choice, but vinyl is growing in popularity. Wood costs less, with a wood picket fence price of $10-$14 per linear foot installed. The vinyl picket fence price will be closer to $20 per linear foot installed. For a painted fence, you can find it pre-painted in white or you can paint it yourself. For better value, you might want to stay away from cheap picket fencing that has the planks stapled to the rails. It costs less but tends to fall apart fairly quickly – sometimes in just 3-5 years.

If you prefer the look of natural wood, a redwood or cedar picket fence is a very good choice. They both fall within the $10-$14 range and require little maintenance.

Table 1: Comparison of Picket Fencing Costs for Standard, Mid-Range and Top Quality Fencing.

Fence TypeCost Of MaterialsInstallation CostTotal Project CostCost Per Linear Foot
Standard Picket Fence$975 – $1170$525 – $639$1500 – $1800$10-$12
Mid-Range Picket Fence$1267 – $1462$683 – $788$1950 – $2250$13 – $15
Top-Quality Picket  (Inc Vinyl) Fence$1560 – $1950$840 – $1050$2400 – $3000$16 – $20

Table 2: Comparison of Picket Fencing Costs for Cedar, Pine and Vinyl Fencing.

Fence TypeCost Of MaterialsInstallation CostTotal Project CostCost Per Linear Foot
Pine Wood Picket $1334 – $1914$266 – $382$1600 – $2296$10 – $14
Cedar Wood Picket$1914 – $2460$382 – $492$2296 – $2952$14 – $18
Vinyl Picket$2050 – $3605$410 – $601$2460 – $3608$15 – $22

Table 3: A Price Comparison of Picket Fence Costs from Around the Web

CompanyCost Per Linear FootTotal Project Cost
Improvenet$11 – $14$1804 – $2296
Fence Guides$10 – $20$1640 – $3280
Home Advisor$8 – $15$1312 – $2460
How Much$23 – $29$3372 – $4756
Homewyse$24 – $38$3936 – $6232
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

Factors Which Affect the Cost of Picket Fences

There are a few factors which may determine whether you pay more or less for your picket yard fence:

  • Ground Quality and Accessibility  – Anything with the ground which required more labor will incur higher labor costs, this includes things such as harder clay type soild, steep slopes or large amounts of ground spoil to remove.
  • Addition of Gates – Each gate that you add will usually cost around 25-30% more than the cost of a single picket fence panel, with gates often costing between $150 and $500.
  • Height of the Fence – Usually picket fence panels will be supplied in 4, 6 and 8 foot panels, the taller the fence, the higher the cost. Overall the difference between a 4f.t. and a 6f.t. fence is usually around 25-30% as a rule.
  • Length of the Fence – The length of the fence will mean more materials, more labor, more fence posts and caps, and therefore a higher cost per square foot overall.
  • Fence Material – Pine wood is the cheapest picket fence material you can buy at around $10-14 per linear foot. Vinyl fences will cost more at almost double this price. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that pine fencing will require more maintanence than vinyl fence in terms of cleaning, painting and treating, as well as vinyl fencing lasting longer overall.
  • Fence Post Toppers  – Fence post caps or post toppers will usually add between $10 and $40 per fence cap, you will obviously need to multiply these by the number you require.

Considerations for Installation

If you’re considering doing the work yourself, you should be comfortable digging post holes with uniform depth in a very straight line. You’ll need a quality level, power saw for cutting wood or vinyl fence sections to length, a drill or driver for securing fasteners and other common tools many homeowners already possess. The installation costs of the total project can exceed 35% which is one of the highest percentages of any fencing type. The reason for this is the relative affordability of the material rather than greater difficulty in installing picket fencing.

Before you tackle the job, you might want to get several written estimates from fence contractors in your area. You can then make an informed decision that compares the cost of installation to the time and effort it would take you to do the work. Also consider other types of fence and compare fence prices which may be cheaper, easier to install and more suitable for your needs.

Picket Fencing Details, Style & Usage

Standard picket fence height is 4’, but it can be found in height as low as 18” or 3’ as well. If you prefer a taller fence, you can find picket fencing up to 6’ high from some sellers, though it is not very common. For styles, you can select a standard picket fence with planks all the same height or one with a concave pattern to the planks. The planks are cut to form a concave rounded pattern, starting high, dipping low and then rising again. Gates and decorative posts are easily included in any design.

Common Uses of this Fence Type

These fences offer both quaint style and practical purpose. A white picket fence in front of a home gives it timeless charm, especially when the home features traditional or antique architecture and styling. The fence can be used to form a practical boundary for the front yard or a perimeter to the entire property. Picket fencing around the yard or play areas will establish good limits for young children and family pets. Many homeowners place them around their gardens to protect flowers and vegetables from rabbits, deer and other creatures that might enjoy feasting on them.

If you choose a shadow-box design, with offset planks, your picket fence can supply a fair amount of privacy. For security, there are better options than wood or vinyl, especially in 4’ height.

Maintenance & Upkeep of Picket Fences

Vinyl fencing is maintenance-free except for periodic washing with the hose or power washer. Bare wood fencing is also low maintenance, though with time, you’ll need to tighten or replace fasteners or possibly some of the fence planks or posts. If you paint or stain the fence, expect to apply a fresh coat every 3-6 years depending on weather conditions where you live.

Picket Fence Ideas on Our Pinterest Page

  • Picket fences are perfect for heritage homes, and can be modernised with a coat of grey paint. Photography: Derek Swalwell
  • Wood fencing can be crafted in so many ways and painted or stained any number of colors. Likely to last many years, a wood fence costs significantly less than vinyl or composite, at least initially, but its maintenance is more demanding.
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  • I want a white picket fence. daisies. red door. the beaach and country at the same time. land. a porch that wraps around. drinking out of mason jars. a swinging bench on the porch. land for kids to play safely on. a 4 wheeler. a barn to party in. San Diego with southern love. a big modern kitchen. to cook and clean for my man. to run around the woods. a grey/black bathroom.
  • A simple arch (with gate!) leading into the deer-proof garden, with much longer pickets of the fence, would be lovely.  Don't need overly fancy stuff.
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