Cost to Build a Stockade Fence – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1196

$ 560

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 72% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

How much is a stockade fence? A fence contractor charges $1,196 to build a stockade fence or do it yourself for $560 and save 53 percent. 

A stockade fence is made up of tightly fitted pickets, making it a good choice when you want to completely screen your property from a neighboring yard, building or alley.

You can buy stockade fence panels in sizes ranging from 4 to 8 feet high and 6 feet wide. The sections are secured with horizontal rails and posts planted in the ground. The tops of the pickets can be straight, cut at an angle or pointed.

The first step of any fence project should be a look at your property survey so you know exactly where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins. Then ask your local building department about code requirements for fences, such as height and the depth of the post holes which depends on the frost line or how deep the ground freezes.

A fence contractor will charge $1,196 to build a 50-foot long, 6-foot high wooden stockade fence, which includes labor and material; but you can buy the materials and build it yourself for $560, saving 53 percent. Add more to the budget if you want to seal the fence sections with a wood finish.

The materials include seven fence sections, 14 4-by-4-inch posts, miscellaneous hardware and enough concrete mix to anchor the posts. It’s strenuous work because it involves digging the holes for the posts, pouring cement in the postholes and securing them and then fastening the fence sections to the post.

From Love Home Designs here is 100 Fence Designs, Styles and Ideas.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to build a stockade fence with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. 

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