Calculate the price of a fence per foot by adding together the prices for the fencing material, labor and permits. Websites like HomeDepot.com and HomeWyse.com offer cost calculators to help determine how much installing a fence will cost based on various criteria.
All of the prices for the various cost factors of installing a fence are subject to change based on location and materials. In an extremely general sense, the price range for a linear foot of a basic wood split rail fence ranges from $7 to $10 per foot, while more complex fence designs, such as a six-foot high wood privacy fence, ranges from $20 and $50 per foot, as of July 2015.
A six-foot vinyl fence designed to look like wood generally costs between $40 and $60 per foot; a slightly smaller four-foot iron and aluminum fence is around $25 to $30 per foot. The price per foot of the iron and aluminum fence increases by $5 to $10 per foot if the fence design calls for ornamental work.
Chain link fencing is the most economical option as it only costs between $12 and $15 per foot for a four-foot high fence, HouseLogic.com notes. Threaded slats that provide additional privacy add about $6 to $10 to the price per foot, as of July 2015.