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What Are the Key Cost Factors to Consider for Your Fence Installation

Covering-all-your-bases applies to a number of your investment decisions. Among them are the factors that affect the cost of installing a fence.

Sure, it’s tempting to go with the least costly option at each step in the design and installation process. But it’s to your advantage to follow a few expert tips as you evaluate your options.

Key cost factors to consider when having a fence installed


Your fencing investment primarily revolves around the materials you choose. Wood, vinyl, metal/iron, and chain-link are among the top choices.

A fence is a long term property investment. And your decision to invest in a specific material should involve four points of evaluation.

  • Lifespan
  • Security
  • Aesthetics
  • Budget

Let’s apply these to each cost factor starting with your fencing material options.

Material lifespan

Vinyl, metal, and chain-link fencing has the potential to outlast wood fencing. Although quality, treated wood fencing has a reputation for durability if properly installed and maintained. 

Material security

The sturdy construction of iron/metal and chain-link fencing provides high levels of security. All fence types – including vinyl and wood – can be secured with specific gating, height, and monitoring features.

Material aesthetics

Wood provides a classic, natural look. Vinyl has equal aesthetic value alongside iron/metal materials. 

Chain-link fencing can be enhanced with colored coating or integrated with plants and greenery.

Material budget

Chain-link often ranks as most affordable. Wood runs a close second.

Vinyl and iron/metal materials lean toward the more costly end of the materials spectrum. But you might find their lower maintenance advantages to be worth the expense.



The size, length, and overall area of coverage have an obvious impact on fencing cost. The four points of evaluation can be useful here as well.

Coverage lifespan

Durable fence materials installed in a large space could provide savings over time due to lower maintenance or replacement costs.

Coverage security

Keeping your home or business property secure is a worthwhile investment decision. Larger spaces could require you to consider the cost associated with more secure materials and/or related security features.

Coverage aesthetics

The specific area to be fenced helps determine appearance factors. For example, frontage or more visible areas of your property would typically be a cost priority.

Costs could be adjusted for areas that are more hidden or less visible.

Coverage budget

It’s possible to phase your fencing project. Prioritize certain areas of your property and expand as your budget allows.



Fence projects can be complex depending on your plans. Professional installation provides you the confidence that your fence investment is done right.

Again the points of evaluation apply to installation decisions.

Lifespan relative to labor

Quality materials poorly installed can impact long term costs. The best way to maximize your investment is utilizing an experienced and skilled fence company.

Security factors relative to labor

Professional fence installers know how to build a fence that’s durable and secure. Plus professionals can provide the additional insight into security features. 

Labor and aesthetics

A fence that’s professionally installed is a noticeable investment. Integration with your property, terrain, and visibility requirements align with cost considerations.

Budget for labor

Compare quotes and use reviews to confirm that costs match the value you desire to receive.

Know your boundaries

Local permits and regulations apply to fencing on occasion. It’s essential to know what to expect as you assess your costs for fencing.

Lifespan relative to permitting

Proper permits and legal clarifications helps ensure that your new fence will not incur costly adjustments or modifications.

Security and regulations

The materials, height, and security enhancements could be subject to certain regulations. Confirm before constructing to keep costs under control.

Aesthetics related to permits and regulations

Again, home owner associations and some communities could have requirements for fence types – including materials and styling. 

Budget for permits

Permits will typically require payment. Check with your local officials and budget accordingly.

With these cost factors in mind, you can expect a fence project to be costly to an extent. Follow the details we just covered and apply the following useful tips to assure that your costs stay within your budget.

  • Prioritize all project points – lifespan, security, aesthetics, and budget.
  • Research the pros and cons of materials, maintenance factors, etc.
  • Plan according to your property size, type of fence, etc.
  • Consult with professionals and ask for their insight into your fencing goals and related property details.

And remember that professional fence installers are trained, experienced, and equipped to install your fence according to your goals and cost preferences. The following resource will help maximize your time during the initial consultation step:

Compare Fence Options & Features


Use our easy and convenient pricing tool for your new or upgraded fence and gate solution.

Choose professional and experienced fence installation for your project

Radius Fence in Bixby and Tulsa is a leader in fence and gate consultations and installation. 

  • Experts are available to help with your decision, installation, and your ongoing questions about protecting your fence investment.
  • Upgrade your home’s security and appearance.

Contact Radius Fence in Tulsa about your fence questions.

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Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Easy To Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

A Good Neighbor Fence

Unlike most fence types that have a “good side” and a “bad side,” with your Trex fence, you will get the same beautiful finish on either side. No unsightly picket defects or exposed support railings. A Trex fence is beautiful no matter what side of the fence you are on. 

25 Year Limited Lifetime Warranty

The power of the outdoors has met its match. Trex is engineered to endure decades of foul weather and foot traffic…with the warranty coverage to prove it. 

With our 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest assured that your backyard investment is well protected.

Low Maintenance

Trex fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose . If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Trex fences are very easy to clean and typically only require it semi-annually,  making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

Eco-Friendly Fencing

 Trex eco-friendly composite fencing is made from an innovative blend of 96% recycled wood and plastic—that’s almost the whole thing. Trex fencing led the way green fencing more than 20 years, well before green was a buzzword. Because in the end, all of us want to look out on our fences and know that we’ve done our part. As one of the largest plastic recyclers in the U.S., Trex saves 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills each year.

Never Shrink, Warp or Rot

PostMaster+ fences are designed for more than just presenting a seamless fence, it is an investment in peace of mind.

PostMaster+ is designed to not shrink, warp or rot like wood posts.

Up To 112mph Winds

Your PostMaster+ fence system can be configured to withstand up to 112 MpH winds.

Steel posts protect your investment from damaging wind while cedar offers protection from bugs, rot, and warping.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

You can feel confident in your investment as it comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty.

No other wood fence post even comes close to the performance and longevity of this innovative fencing system.

Hidden Posts

PostMaster+ is the only steel fence post on the market designed to be hidden from view.

Both sides of your fence will showcase beautiful cedar posts while the steel on the inside creates a durable, long-lasting fence.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

RADIUS metal fences have a Limited Lifetime Warranty that protects against cracking, peeling, chipping, blistering and corrosion resulting in structural failure, without cause and workmanship and material defects through the manufacturer.

High Security Fencing

Maintaining a secure perimeter is your first line of defense against potential threats. A metal fence from RADIUS serves as a visual deterrent backed with heavy metal components that give a higher level of protection compared to traditional alternatives.

Coated Galvanized Steel

All RADIUS metal fences are coated inside and out. Our galvanized steel framework is subjected to a multi-stage pre-treatment/wash, followed by a duplex cathodic electrocoat system consisting of an epoxy primer, which significantly increases corrosion protection, and an acrylic topcoat, which provides the protection necessary to withstand adverse weathering effects.

Seamless Design

Our metal fence panels are fabricated through a welding technique that combines laser and fusion technology to create a virtually invisible structural connection at every picket to rail intersection. RADIUS welded steel construction is unmatched in strength and durability.

Modern Design

FenceTrac’s revolutionary, innovative fence system features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. Not only are these fences long-lasting, but they are also highly customizable as well as fashionable.

Stronger Trac Channels

FenceTrac U-channels are manufactured from 18-ga. roll-formed galvanized steel for superior strength and durability. This system is built to be long-lasting and customizable to match any yard.

Versatile Infill

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a FenceTrac system you can pair their patented, durable U-channels with the infill that best fits your style. FenceTrac is designed to be used with nearly any type of rigid infill, so you can create the exact look you want.

Metal Frame

FenceTrac comes in with a durable textured matte black powder coat finish consisting of a multi-stage process of industrial, weather-resistant finish. The sturdy metal frame creates a stronger, longer-lasting fence. FenceTrac’s metal frame is also compatible for fencing sloped grades with precision. 

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing RADIUS to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Top Rails For Structure

At RADIUS, we believe it’s important to go the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

At RADIUS, we pride ourselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.

Rails And Nails - With Purpose

Much like our fence pickets, RADIUS takes care of which rails and nails we build with. Our standard back rails for wood privacy fencing are constructed of prime Douglas fir species wood. This provides superior stiffness and no more warping/twisting (seen in treated pine materials).

Getting all of these great products together is important too! We use a specialty winged tip Coated wood-to-metal screw the size of your pinkie to hold the rails to our steel posts. Once set up, the pickets get finished on the installation with Galvanized coated ring-shank nails. No need for screws on our pickets – it’ll take a crowbar or more to get these nails out when applied correctly.

Better Fence Pickets

RADIUS builds with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. RADIUS has partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Our typical offering is the premium #2/BTR Wood Fence picket from Alta Forest Products. Their Western Red Cedar has the more time-tested quality results of all wood species in the Tulsa market. We also have other #1 Cryptomeria Japonica wood and some Prime Douglas fir options. We stay on top of the trends and teach each of our customers the intricacy of changes in the Wood Privacy Fencing market.

Stronger Posts

RADIUS understands that your fence is as strong as the posts that are used to build your wood residential privacy fence. Our team was instrumental in being at the forefront of bringing the Galvanized 2-1/2” Square steel posts to the Tulsa fence market. We not only offer these solid stalwarts but have access to other styles such as the Postmaster+ post options too.

Our standard is to set these in a concrete footer, utilizing a myriad of installation methodologies according to your exact soil conditions and site arrangements. Having experts design and install your fence is our standard – just like the steel posts we install daily.

Decorative Details & Designs

RADIUS goes the extra mile in every detail of your wood fence project. Add Cap & Trim for a simple, elegant feel – or look into our new Horizontal wood fencing solutions – the possibilities are nearly endless with our team’s unlimited design scope experience and talent.

We travel to major conventions and conferences to learn about all of the great innovations that continue to flood the North American market. RADIUS is known for its leadership in the fencing world, especially for unique wood privacy fence solutions.