Picket Fences/Fence Panels for Privacy Fencing
Everyone loves a good privacy fence, right? When you build a privacy fence on your property, you are doing it for any number of reasons. Security, privacy, noise reduction, curb appeal, or a means to protect your pets and children or at least keep them penned in- these are all great reasons. Maybe that neighbor that stares out their windows, directly at you every time you’re in the backyard, has finally gotten to you. We don’t blame you. Whatever your reason for building a privacy fence, one thing is for certain- the right privacy fence will increase your property value.
Not all privacy fences are equal. Obviously, a chain link fence doesn’t provide much privacy. A fence that’s too short won’t either. When you build a privacy fence, you want to make sure that you have all the components of design, function, durability and security.
A privacy fence is one of the most common fence styles around. Most privacy fences are built with spruce, pine or fir pickets, but we only sell cedar pickets because they are best suited for Colorado’s dry climate.
Cedar Privacy Fence Pricing
After being in business for over 40 years, there’s one question that we’ve heard more than any other. “What does an average fence cost?” Then we usually have to clarify what they mean by average fence, and in many places, that means a cedar privacy fence. Many customers want to know the average cost per linear foot to build a fence. Obviously this varies due to market fluctuations in the lumber market, but let’s work out an average cost of a privacy fence as a starting point.
How to Calculate Average Price of a Cedar Privacy Fence
- Calculate the total amount of linear feet that your fence will be: This is pretty straight forward. You just need to know the lengths of the 3 sides of your box (ie: yard). To keep things simple, let’s imagine you measure the 2 sides of your backyard and get 25 feet each and the back side of the yard comes to 50 feet. You would need 100 linear feet of fencing.
- Calculate the number of posts you’ll need: When building a privacy fence, you usually want to place a post every 8 feet. So take your 100 linear feet divided by 8 and you will get 12.5 posts, or rounded to 13 posts.
- Calculate the number of 2×4’s: We recommend putting 3 2×4’s down the length of your posts in order to have optimal support, although we get a lot of people that want to cut costs and only use two. You’re the boss here, but we’re going to calculate for three. You take each 8 foot section of your fence and you’ll have 13 of those multiplied by 3 2×4’s down each section, giving you 13 x 3 = 39 (2×4’s)
- Calculate the Number of Pickets: Cedar pickets are sold in nominal dimensions of 1×4 or 1×6. The true dimensions of these after milling are 1×3.5 or 1×5.5. So now we take our 100 linear feet and multiple by 12 to get 1200 inches. Now divide that by 3.5 inches to 343 ( 1×4 ) pickets for your job.
We recommend buying more fencing than you actually need, because every board in not always usable. Talk to your fencing specialists about what a good order would be. And that’s that. Now you have your fence sorted out and you just need to dig the post holes, pour the cement and get to it!
Let’s calculate some average prices for these materials:
$1.75 /mid-grade cedar 1x4x6 fence picket: $1.75 x 343 pickets = $600.25 plus tax
$15.00 /post: $15.00 x 13 posts = $195 plus tax
$7.00 /2×4: $7.00 x 39 = $273 plus tax
What kind of materials are best for a privacy fence?
Here at Rocky Mountain Forest Products, our number one seller is a cedar picket fence with cedar rails and post. Cedar will last longer than pine and, in our opinion, looks better for the cost. We offer the largest selection of cedar fencing in the state. This allows us to meet any budget or quality need.
What if I only need a few boards?
No problem. Whether you need 10 boards or 10,000, we are happy to help. Before you just replace one bad section in your fence give us a call and speak to one of our fence guys. They will help you determine how many pickets you need and help you match our current stock with the type and style you currently have.
I need a new fence, but I am not sure how to build or fix it. Can RMFP help me install my fence?
We can help in a variety of ways. We work with over 2,500 contractors annually and can connect you with a reputable contractor for your new project!