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There are several variables you’ll naturally be considering when it comes to a new chain link fence installation, and one of these is the cost of the project. And while many of the factors that contribute to overall chain link fence cost are relatively straightforward, there may also be a couple you haven’t thought of.

At Utah Fence Warehouse, we’re happy to serve as the best fence supplier in Utah, offering a huge range of fence options that includes chain link fencing products. We’ll also help you understand the variables that impact the cost of any of our fences, including chain link options. This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know here.

chain link fence cost factors

Fence Height and Dimensions

First and foremost, as with any type of fence installation, the height and dimensions matter greatly. Chain link fences come in a variety of heights, from as low as 26 inches to as high as 48 inches. The higher the fence, the more it will cost due to the increased amount of labor and materials necessary for installation and maintenance.

Also consider that shorter fences take fewer posts, while longer ones may need more. A fence that covers a much larger perimeter will require many more posts, straining your budget.

The length will also impact the cost of your project; longer fences necessitate larger quantities of materials, which can make them more expensive. And it’s worth noting that certain sections will obviously be pricier than others (i.e., gates).

Gauge or Mesh Thickness

Another quality that can vary widely between chain link fences is the thickness of the mesh or gauge of the wire. Gauges run from 6 gauge (the thickest option available in most cases) to 11.5 gauge (a far lighter, thinner wire), with thicker gauges naturally costing more.

Pattern Size

Chain link fences come in a familiar diamond-shaped pattern, but the size of the diamonds can vary. The smaller the diamond pattern, the more material will be needed, and therefore your costs will typically be a bit higher.

You’ll often see smaller diamond patterns in commercial fence settings or those where security is a major concern. On the flip side, larger patterns are more common for residential settings and those where security isn’t quite so important.

Fence Post Considerations

Also at play here are the posts you’ll be using, and the material you’ll opt for will have a major impact on the cost of your project. Steel posts are more expensive than wood, so you’ll want to consider this as part of the equation, but they also provide improved quality and longer lifespans. You also have the option of other materials like concrete, vinyl and certain composites, and which you choose may depend on both the initial price and the expected long-term value you’ll be getting.

For more on the factors that influence the cost of a chain link fence installation, or to learn about any of our fence options in Utah, speak to the pros at Utah Fence Warehouse today.