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How Much Does a Fence Post Cost?

 
low costWood: $2-$40 Eachaverage costMetal: $3-$50 Eachhigh costBrick or Stone: $100-$1,500+ Each
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Fence posts provide key structural support and must be able to withstand considerable force. They can be made of wood, vinyl or metal, or be pillars of brick, stone or poured concrete. Wider and more heavy-duty posts must be installed at all corners and gates, which can add to the total cost of a project.

Typical costs:

  • Posts of weather-resistant wood (cedar, redwood or pressure-treated pine) cost $2-$40 each depending on type of wood, length, width and quantity purchased. For example, Cobb Lumber[1] in Texas sells a 2'x6.5' post for $3.71 and a 7"x10' corner post for $27.25.
  • Vinyl fence posts typically cost $10-$50 or more each. Hoover Fence Company sells 4"x4" posts that are 78"-107" long for $12-44 -$42.42 individually or $11.84-$38.94 each in pallets of 60; 5"x5" vinyl posts are $22.89-$31.34 individually or $22.30-$30-73 each in pallets of 48.
  • Most fencing contractors only install wood or vinyl fences posts as part of a complete fence installation. Hiring a handyman or day laborer to install just the posts could cost $40-$150 per post, depending on the size and depth of the post hole and whether the post is anchored by concrete or gravel.
  • Metal fence posts can cost $3-$50 or more each, depending on height, style, quantity purchased and whether they are slim metal stakes; T-, U- or Y- shaped posts designed to hold electric or wire fences; or sturdy square or round poles to hold aluminum, wrought iron, chain link or wood fences. Corner or gate posts can cost $50-$150 or more each. AcademyFence.com sells 5'-10.5' heavy duty "U" shaped fence posts for about $6-$13 each and FenceSupplySource.com[2] sells 2"x2" to 6"x6" square steel fence posts 4'-10' long for $18-$40 each with 9'-10' gate posts at $125-$195 each. Installing metal fence posts can be a do-it-yourself job; paid installation is typically done as part of a complete metal fence installation.
  • Columns of brick, stone or other materials made to look like brick or stone can cost $100-$1,500 or more each. For example, Penn Fencing[3] sells 8"x8" fake brick or stone sleeves that slide over a standard 6"x6" fence post for about $145. FauxPanels.com[4] sells 20'x20" faux brick fence posts (with cap and anchoring system) for $800-$1,200 each. MiamiStoneInstallers.com[5] describes how stone posts are built, and a company representative estimates it costs $450 each ($1,800 total) for four 7' brick pillars 16"x16" or 20"x20" wide. DIY installation of a brick fence post might cost $200-$500 and take a weekend or two of hard work.
Related articles: Fence, Vinyl Fence, Chain-Link Fence, Garden Gate, Handyman

What should be included:
  • Fence posts are typically spaced 6'-8' apart. About a third of the post should be installed underground, or deeper in cold climates with a deeper frost line. GatewayAlpacas.com explains[6] how freezing forces fence posts out of the ground.
  • Wooden fence posts are installed in holes half the height of the visible fence (2' deep for a 4' fence) and are usually anchored by concrete or gravel. A Lowe's a video shows how to lay out and dig[7] post holes. A ThisOldHouse.com video explains how to use[8] a manual post hole digger.
  • Vinyl fence posts are typically installed by digging holes and anchoring the posts with concrete. Many vinyl fence posts are reinforced with rebar or a similar metal insert. RonHazelton.com provides a video[9] demonstrating vinyl fence post installation.
  • Metal fence posts can be installed in dug holes or driven into the ground with a manual or pneumatic post pounder. Manufacturers provide video demonstrations of a manual post driver[10] , propane-powered post hammer[11] and a pneumatic post driver.
  • Before digging fence post holes, call 811[12] to have utility companies mark underground utility lines; or contact local utility companies directly. Also check local zoning, building and neighborhood codes.
Additional costs:
  • A manual post hole digger or auger typically costs $15-$110; buying a small power auger can cost $60-$600 or more depending on size and materials, and whether it's a one-man or two-man power auger; and a one-day rental of a powered post hole auger can cost $50-$95, depending on location and type of auger.
  • A manual post driver typically costs $20-$50, and can be rented for $10-$20 a day. A powered post driver can cost $60-$150 for small, lightweight models but more typically costs $1,000-$3,000 or more, and can be rented for about $50-$60 a day.
Shopping for a fence post:
  • Find local contractors through the American Fence Association[13] or the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute[14] .
  • Get several estimates; verify that the company is properly bonded and insured; ask for and check references; and search for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[15] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.cobblumber.com/fence_posts.asp
  2.  www.fencesupplysource.com/fence-posts/steel-fence-posts
  3.  www.pennfence.com/fence/faux-posts-c-373_109_83_308.html
  4.  www.fauxpanels.com/columns-brick/column-fence.php
  5.  miamistoneinstallers.com/how_to_build_brick_columns.htm
  6.  www.gatewayalpacas.com/alpaca-farming/fence-building/setting-fence-posts.htm
  7.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ24ykIBVOM&feature=related
  8.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20045323,00.html
  9.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZP-kHAyHsc&feature=related
  10.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZKMVgLhLJo
  11.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWS5NK5MNjg&feature=pyv&ad=3202264032&gclid=CJiek-PqrqcCFQkSbAo...
  12.  www.call811.com/state-specific.aspx
  13.  www.americanfenceassociation.com/Consumers/GatesAccessControl/tabid/124/~/Consumers/Fin...
  14.  associationsites.com/page.cfm?usr=clfma&pageid=872
  15.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
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