Cost to Build a Board/Batten Fence – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1991

$ 1200

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 69% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Build a Board or Batten Fence noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a board and batten fence? The contractor cost to build a board and batten fence is $1991 vs. doing it yourself for $1200 and saving 40 percent. 

If you’re looking for a way to create some privacy from a noisy street or neighbor a fence made of boards and battens – vertical wood panels between posts – makes an attractive and effective barrier.

We’ve seen the fence panels used to enclose an entire yard or just part of one, and as a privacy screen for a patio, so they can be a useful solution in a variety of settings. You’ll find 4-foot-by-8-foot panels in long-lasting treated lumber and rough-sawn cedar at lumber and home centers. Left natural or stained, they’re an attractive addition to any landscape.

A fence contractor will build a 6-foot-high, 100-foot-long treated board and batten fence for about $1991. That includes labor and material. You can buy the materials for $1200 and built it and save 40 percent. Fence building is a time-consuming project that requires careful planning and layout to the more arduous job of digging holes for the fence poles, so figure a few long workdays to complete the job.

The materials include the fence sections, end posts, cement, and galvanized nails. You’ll need to have a shovel, wheelbarrow, 4 ft. carpenter’s level, and basic carpentry tools. To make the job easier rent or borrow a post hole digger.

Before you do anything, contact your local building department and ask if there are building code requirements and permits needed to build a fence – there usually are. Find out what the required depth for post holes is because it depends on the frost line (how deep the ground freezes) in your area.

There may be other restrictions about the height of the fence or how close it can be to your neighbor’s property. Refer to a copy of your property survey to make sure you know exactly where your property begins and ends to avoid building a fence on your neighbor’s property.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to build a board and batten fence you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

Still deciding on which type of fence to build? Check out these helpful cost guides:

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.