Before you search for “Broward fence installers near me,” you might want to investigate the cost of installing fences in your area first.
So you need to make sure that your budget fits your ideas of what fencing style you may want and how much fencing you may need for your job.
I’m going to be straightforward right now before you read any further and let you know that no self-respecting Broward fencing installation company is going to list their prices on their website.
You need to actually schedule a fencing estimate for that.
What this article is going to talk about is the various information that goes into your fencing estimator pricing your job.
So, let’s get into it.
Price points of different fencing styles
Different types of fencing typically represent different pricing and quality levels.
For instance, a wood fence is a privacy fence that is of lower quality than a vinyl privacy fence.
Vinyl privacy fencing is also about twice the price of wood privacy fencing.
Now that you understand this, I’ll discuss those different styles and why they cost as much as they do below.
Vinyl fence installation
Vinyl (PVC) fencing comes in a few different variations that are also differentiated by price point. This is the most expensive standard type of fencing but is also the nicest looking and longest lasting.
Vinyl privacy fencing
Vinyl semi-privacy fencing
A semi-privacy fence, unlike a privacy fence, is not 100% opaque. There are small (9/16″) spacings between each vertical member or picket. This also includes a style known as shadow-box, which features alternating pickets that create a space in-between the panel.
There are two variations of this style, pool-code compliant with a raised middle rail, and a non-pool-code variant with the middle rail directly in the center of the panel
Vinyl picket fencing
A picket fence is usually about 4′ in height and features either 3″ wide pickets or 1.5″ wide pickets with a 2-3″ spacing in between them.
You can choose from various picket top options according to the manufacturers stock.
Aluminum fence installation
This style of fence is usually used around a pool or around a backyard that faces a waterway.
Mechanical aluminum fencing
This variation of an aluminum fence is called mechanical because it is assembled with screws. All the pieces are screwed together at the fabricator and then snapped together at the job site.
Welded aluminum fencing
This variation is obviously welded together, from the name. This is typically pieces together with a much higher grade of aluminum than the mechanical and is welded together by a professional welder that usually has many years of experience.
Wood fence installation
Wooden fences are pretty common in South Florida, they are a cheap way to provide privacy for your home. However, despite being cheap initially, they will eventually end up costing more than double over the course of their life due to maintenance.
They also don’t hold up too well against hurricanes, unlike their vinyl fencing counterparts.
Chain-link fence installation
Chain-link fences are by far the least expensive, as they use a roll of galvanized “fabric” as the main part of each section.
There are a few variations such as vinyl coated, higher gauges of wire and thicker posts, but these are typically reserved for commercial applications, not residential.
Some cities like Coral Springs and certain H.O.A’s do not allow a galvanized variant to be installed, so you must use the vinyl coated version if you happen to live within an area that requires this exception.
Fence installation cost per foot
Fences are almost always priced per foot.
It makes sense since the majority of fencing suppliers sell their products to fencing contractors priced by the foot, with the exception of vinyl fence, which is priced by the post and section.
Still, even vinyl fences can be averaged into a price per foot by combining the sum of parts and dividing by 6, as they are installed in increments of 6 foot on center (center of post to center of next post) in Broward.
Now, fencing contractors also include their installation fee within that price per foot along with the material costs.
It’s common to do this, so you should never expect to get a separate price for materials and installation.
Contrary to what a lot of homeowners think, you are not entitled to know what the contractor is paying for the materials, if and how much they mark it up, etc…
Contractors have special pricing because they have high purchasing power and typically high purchasing volume.
So, before you think to ask about material pricing, just keep in mind that it’s not ethical to do so.
Lastly, contractors typically give you a total price of your job, so if you want to know the price per foot, take that number and divide it by the total footage of your fence line in order to arrive at the per foot number.
It’s a good way to evaluate contractors’ pricing, but keep in mind that a contractors worth isn’t boiled down to just price of installation.
Fencing contractors also vary by skill level, years of experience, quality of product used, customer service level and many other factors that you should consider aside from just pricing.