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Cheapest Fence Options

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Are you looking for a cheap way to fence in your backyard that will last for several years?

Perhaps you recently adopted a puppy or now have a toddler who runs around in your backyard, and you want to keep them safe, but you don’t have the funds to install a fence. The average cost of a vinyl fence in Minneapolis, MN, is $4,808. 

Northland Fence of Apple Valley, MN, has been family-owned and family-focused since 2004. We are committed to the quality of our fences, so we offer a lifetime warranty on vinyl, a 15-year warranty on all other materials, and a 10-year labor warranty on everything. Our warranties mean you will be able to enjoy your fence for years to come without spending additional money if your fence breaks before the warranty expires. So, what are the cheapest fence options when installing your fence now?

The Most Affordable Ways to Fence in A Yard

Fence prices vary depending on numerous factors, such as material, height, and additional costs like hardware or gates. The size of your yard can play a significant role in determining how expensive your fence will be. A larger yard equals a higher cost you will need to invest in the fence. Below is a chart that shows standard lot sizes, linear feet of fenced-in areas, and how much those areas cost on average to fence:

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Remember that these numbers are averages, and many affordable options exist to give you the feel of an expensive fence without sacrificing your wallet. For example, different materials and fence types can result in higher or lower costs. Sometimes, fencing companies, such as Northland Fence, will offer financing options that allow you to break up the overall cost of your project into smaller, more manageable payments. If you have a specific type of fence and aesthetic that you want, there are still options to give you both in a more manageable way.

Cheapest Wire Fence Ideas

Minnesota prohibits wire fences unless you are in an agricultural district. These fences include barbed, chicken, electric, and hog wire fences. While these fences can be cheaper, they are often considered temporary. In Apple Valley, MN, temporary fences are only allowed for up to 30 days, and barbed wire or electrified fences in a nonagricultural district are prohibited. It is best to avoid using wire fences if you are looking for a cheap, permanent option to comply with Minnesota and Apple Valley city laws. 


Cheapest Metal Fence Ideas

So, if wire fences are not allowed in residential areas, what are cheap options for fencing your yard? Metal fences are a great way to save some money while also improving the overall aesthetic of your yard. These fences are sturdy and customizable, and they can make your yard look more expensive at a fraction of the cost. 

Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron fences are an expensive option. Made of iron, these sturdy fences last for several years, and they often have an aesthetic and elegant appeal that makes them appealing to many homeowners despite the cost. On average, wrought iron fences will cost between $22 and $36 per linear foot, although the cost may vary depending on the customization desired. 

Ornamental Steel Fences

Ornamental steel fences are affordable for those seeking the look and appeal of a wrought iron fence at a fraction of the cost. Steel is cheaper than iron, but you will still enjoy a wrought iron fence's elegance, aesthetics, and security without sacrificing the affordability of other cheaper fences. On average, ornamental steel fences cost around $7 to $32 per linear foot. However, like wrought iron fences, this cost varies depending on the customization you wish to include in your fence.

Corrugated Metal

On average, corrugated metal fences can cost $17 to $90 per foot, depending on material type, height, and customization. Aluminum versions of this type of fence are often the cheapest, but they are more likely to bend or dent than corrugated metal fences made from other materials. Due to this, aluminum versions are not best suited for locations with extreme weather conditions, such as Minnesota. Steel is more resistant to damage but tends to range on the higher end of the spectrum regarding price.

Chain Link Fence

If you are looking for an affordable fence to keep children and pets inside your yard, chain link fences are the best option. These fences are often the most inexpensive, usually costing around $4 to $10 per foot of fencing. Remember that this number can vary depending on the height and size of the fence. The cost of the materials often includes the chain link fabric, top rails, end caps, and extra screws and wires. The more materials your fence needs, the more your fence will cost. 

However, the low cost per foot makes chain link more affordable for people looking to fence in a larger yard or space. While this fence does not necessarily have aesthetic benefits, it does work well for people who want a fence that will provide security at a lower price. These fences are also sturdy and resistant to damage from the weather. 

Cheapest Vinyl Fence Ideas

Vinyl fences are typically more expensive upfront than most other fences. On average, people may spend $2,000 to $5,000 for their entire project, though this price depends on height and how much fencing your yard needs. They are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and withstand Minnesota’s harsh climate. Pests, rust, or frost will not impact them. These fences can also come in various colors, sizes, and styles, ensuring you get the fence you dream of with very little maintenance going forward. Because of this, vinyl is often more cost-effective in the long term compared to other fence types.

Vinyl Picket Fence

If you want the maintenance appeal of a vinyl fence but don’t want the expensive upfront price tag that comes with it, you could consider a vinyl picket fence. These fences also require little maintenance and are sturdy enough to withstand the weather in Minnesota. Because these shorter fences have space between the panels, they need fewer materials during the installation, making them the cheaper option for vinyl fences. 

However, the downside to these fences is they have spaces in the panels, that do not allow for privacy or security. Also, if you have a small child or pet, they may be able to slip through the spaces and escape. A vinyl picket fence might not be the best option if privacy or safety is a concern.

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Saving Money With Northland Fence of Apple Valley

At Northland Fence, we offer professional products manufactured to last years and withstand Minnesota’s climate. Our team will work with you to design your dream fence while fitting your budget. We are also upfront and honest about everything we offer, including letting you know the total price of your fence before we get started through our no-cost quotes. If you cannot pay for the total cost of your fence all at once, we offer financing options so that you can pay for your fence in smaller amounts over time.

Northland Fence has been family-owned and family-focused in Apple Valley since 2004. We always have supplies in stock, and we never have hidden fees. Call us at 763-316-4881 for more information or to get started on your dream fence today.


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