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How Much Does It Cost To Put Up A Chain Link Fence? 

If you’re looking to protect your property from intruders, increase curb appeal and keep kids safe, a chain link fence might be the right solution for you. Unfortunately, putting up a chain link fence can be an expensive project that takes time and effort. 

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Costs vary depending on your location, acreage and size of the property. The overall linear footage of the yard to be enclosed has the most impact on total fencing costs, but the height and size of the fence also affects the price. 

Posts: Add the cost of each post to the overall chain link fence price if you plan to have them installed. There are two sizes of posts available – 2 3/8-inch for corner and end posts, and 1 5/8-inch for line posts. Typically, these are made from a heavy metal or steel and come in various finishes such as galvanized, aluminum or vinyl coated to resist rust and corrosion. 

Slats: Woven through the chain links, slats are available in wood, plastic and aluminum for an additional $3 to $10 per linear foot. These slats help fill in gaps and can be strategically placed to obstruct views from curious onlookers, providing privacy and security. 

Gates: You can install gates at the bottom or top of a fence to let you easily access your yard. A gate can be as simple or as elaborate as you prefer. Adding gates to your chain link fence increases the overall costs, because each gate requires a post and hardware. 

Rust: Most chain link fences resist rust, but over time, they can corrode if the ground is constantly wet or if you have sprinklers running in your yard. To prevent rust, you can apply an anti-rust coating to the chain link and avoid allowing water and moisture to enter the fence. 

Maintenance: The most common maintenance task on a chain link fence is to clean and wash it regularly. This can be a difficult task for the average homeowner, so you may want to consider hiring someone to do it for you or hiring a professional to complete the job. 

Sagging: This is a more serious problem that can detract from both your privacy and security. It can be caused by damaged tension wires or frequent climbing or pulling on the fence. If you notice that your fence sags, it’s important to get it repaired before it becomes an eyesore. 

Building permits: It is not uncommon for local governments to require a permit before a fence can be installed. The cost of a permit varies by city, but it can add $20 to $400 to the overall cost of your project. 

Inclined yards: Installing a fence on a slope can be difficult, especially if you don’t have experience working on hills. However, it is a good idea to make the fence as level as possible. 

Using a post hole digger, dig holes for your fence posts about three times wider than their diameters. Use a level to ensure the holes are straight and have the correct slope.