Most of my work is commercial, but I would say about 20% is residential, and of that 20%, 90% is gates and operators. So when we did a privacy fence for a repeat customer this past week, I was amazed at the cost increase in materials for that fence.
6′ Cedar Privacy, 2.5″ metal posts 15g, 3 rails (2×4 treated), 1x6x6 cedar picket 3/4″, plus all other necessary materials totaled $14.50/ft when purchased at McCoy’s in San Marcos, Tx. I could have saved a little bit buying the posts and pickets through my distributor, but they were not available to deliver.
With the above numbers, 250′ of privacy fence with a walk gate and a double drive gate is now over $20/ft installed. Just think if you had a 1,000′ you needed installed, it would cost $20,000 more or less. Ten to fifteen years ago, it would have been $12,000. You could realistically put a wrought iron fence in for that price.
I’m not a big fan of privacy fences. If I was doing one for myself, it would be board on board with cap and trim. A board on board fence is now $25-30/ft.