Short Answer: Both Lowe’s and The Home Depot do not provide fence installation cost estimates until a project consultation is done. Fence installation costs are based on the size of the fence, the materials used, labor costs, and whether or not your yard has any complicated terrain. You must purchase your materials at Lowe’s or The Home Depot to use their installation services. In general, chain-link fences are the least expensive option, and composite fences are the most expensive — but also require the least amount of maintenance. For more details, see below.
Lowe’s Fence Installation Costs & The Home Depot Fence Installation Costs Explained
Installing a new fence can increase your home’s curb appeal, as well as provide security and privacy for your outdoor space. Lowe’s and The Home Depot both sell a wide range of fencing materials and offer fence installation services through local contractors, but you can’t get a price quote online or over the phone. Corporate customer service representatives for both home improvement retail chains recommend setting up an in-home consultation to go over material and style options, have your outdoor space measured, and get a quote specific to your project. You can book a consultation on the Lowe’s website or The Home Depot’s website.
Cost Factors in Fence Installation
Corporate representatives and store associates told us that the following factors impact the cost of fence installation:
- Fence length and height
- Fence type and material
- Labor costs
- Local regulations, such as required permits
- The terrain of your yard
Below, we’ve listed available options by retailer. Note that the material prices do not include hardware or installation; you’ll still need to book a consultation to get a full cost estimate. But this information should give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for your fencing project.
Keep in mind, when choosing your fencing material, consider not only the upfront cost but also the maintenance and repairs it will require. Wood, for example, needs regular repainting and upkeep, while composite and vinyl are lower-maintenance materials. So, while composite fencing is the most expensive at retail value, you may see cost savings over the life of the fence.
Lowe’s Fence Installation
Installers for Lowe’s are independent contractors who are licensed and insured. Fence installation at Lowe’s includes an in-home consultation with yard measurements, materials, labor, and a minimum one-year labor warranty. Add-ons like driveway gate openers and fence ornaments are available for additional costs.
Lowe’s sells chain-link, composite, metal, vinyl, and wood fences. A chain-link fence is the least expensive option available at Lowe’s; composite fencing is the priciest. Chain-link fences cost about $75 to $200 per 50-foot roll, or $1.50 to $4 per foot — not including posts, rails, hardware, or labor. Composite fencing costs about $400 for an eight-foot panel (typically sold in bundles of five), which totals about $50 per foot.
Note that you cannot buy fencing materials elsewhere and then schedule installation through Lowe’s; you must purchase your materials at Lowe’s and complete the full consultation process.
Lowe’s website has instructions for self-installation and instructions for a built-from-scratch wood privacy fence. Preassembled panels and fence hardware are also available for do-it-yourself projects. Find a Lowe’s near you using the Lowe’s store locator to begin planning your fence project.
The Home Depot Fence Installation
The Home Depot’s installers are independent contractors who are licensed, insured, and background-checked. Installation includes project planning, all necessary permits, and clean-up (though clean-up may require a disposal fee). The installation process typically takes one day.
The Home Depot offers chain-link, composite, metal, vinyl, and wood fencing. Chain-link is the least expensive material, selling for about $200 per 50 feet of fencing “fabric” ($4 per foot), plus $10 to $25 for each fence post. Composite, totaling about $285 to $320 per eight-foot-wide panel (or $35 to $40 per foot), is the most expensive fencing option.
Installation is only available for customers who purchase their materials from The Home Depot; you cannot purchase fence materials elsewhere if using The Home Depot’s installation service.
DIY fencing options are available at The Home Depot. Online you can find guides for how to build a fence and how to install a fence. The Home Depot also sells pre-assembled panels and fence kits. To get started on your fencing project, find The Home Depot nearest you by using The Home Depot store locator.
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