Adding a fence to your house or property can add more privacy and security. It can also help keep your family members and pets feeling safer. Having a fence also adds a design element that upgrades the look of your home.

Homeowners can expect to spend an average cost range of $5 to $12 per linear foot for the materials, and an average cost range of $15 to $22 per linear foot for installing a horizontal fence.

While it was more common to have a vertical fence, installing a horizontal fence has slowly gained popularity because of its modern look. Aside from that, it makes properties appear longer and bigger, without forsaking the added privacy.

Often, homeowners or property owners can already assume to pay more or less based on the height and length of the fence. However, one cost factor that is often overlooked is the type of wood selected for the fence.

Most of the time, fences are made from treated redwood, cedar, pine, or other water-resistant lumber material. Some homeowners also prefer to seal and apply something to it to not let it warp and rot.

Below are some of the most preferred types of lumber used for installing a 6-foot-tall fence, their pros and cons, and their average costs per linear foot of material.

Type of woodProsConsAverage cost (per linear foot)
CedarInsect and rot repellant if it is pressure treated

Cost-friendly
Requires yearly maintenance such as sealing, sanding, and wood-staining

Can be dented and scratched easily

Turns gray over time if not properly sealed and stained.
$3 to $7
Spruce or WhitewoodCost-friendlyCan decay in 8 to 10 years

Prone to graying or darkening

The pickets tend to shrink wherever it dries
$6 to $7
RedwoodBest for staining and repainting

Naturally fire-resistant and pest-repellant

Do not easily warp
Can easily develop mold and damage by the sun if not properly and regularly maintained$4 to $7
Pressure-Treated PineCost-Friendly

Insect-repellant and does not easily rot if pressure-treated
Can warp, split, and shrink especially in dry environments

If burned, the pressure-treated pine will release harmful chemicals if burned
$3 to $7
CypressDurable and dense type of wood that is similar to pine

Has natural components that can be insect and pest-repellant

Rot-resistant and can last for a long time, especially in areas that experience rain and snow
Costly $10 to $15
White OakCan last for a long time, especially when you treat the wood

A popular choice due to its light finishes

Can be resistant to rotting
Is on the pricier side

Can warp and bow especially in extremely damp and humid environments
$15 to $40
Black LocustVery durable and does not require extensive maintenance

Ideal for agricultural purposes where maintenance is not as frequent
Due to its rarity compared to its counterparts, Black Locust wood panels can be expensive and hard to procure$20 to $40

Horizontal fence post price

Normally, fence posts are made from wood, metal, or concrete that is then grounded in gravel, cement, or soil. Ultimately, the choice of your fence post depends on your liking and the construction requirements.

As a ballpark cost, purchasing a fence post can run up to $5 to $75 each, which excludes the fee for its installation or additional treatment.

The cost relies heavily on the type of material used in the fence post. Usually, properties or homeowners opt for wood posts for their wood fences to match the look. However; there are still other options available.

Below are the other options for fence posts, their average price per material, and their average cost of installation.

Fence post type/ materialAverage Cost
(per material)
Average Cost
(including installation)
Wood fence post$5 to $20 $10 to $50
Concrete fence post $10 to $50$30 to $100
Metal fence post$5 to $30$10 to $60
Brick or stone fence post$25 to $75$50 to $150

Hiring a fencing contractor

Before hiring a professional fencing contractor to help you have a quality horizontal wood fence, there are a few checklist items to tick before you have them start on the project.

The grade of material used for the fence

Normally, your price will depend on the quality of the wood you have chosen. Make sure that the contractor knows your needs and preferred option of wood and sticks to it when the project starts.

Sometimes, some wood types look similar to one another but are not necessarily the same, especially in their characteristics.

Quality of Materials

Ideally, your hired contractor must use stainless steel fasteners/nails. They should also avoid non-galvanized steel that can darken or bleed black in your fresh fence.

The grade of steel

As a rule of thumb in using steel posts, you should not have them install less than schedule-20 steel posts. Any type under that standard will easily break, especially in heavy winds.