Bamboo is excellent for eco-friendly privacy fences and stylish yard remodeling. The typical bamboo fence cost ranges from $12 to $23 per linear foot, with homeowners paying $1,800 to $3,450 for a midsize project. Bamboo fence panels cost, on average, $9 to $15 per linear foot or about $55 to $120 per roll (for the bamboo material only – does not include the cost of professional installation).
The cost of a natural bamboo fence depends mainly on:
- Fence length and height
- Bamboo panels quality
- Installation type
Bamboo fencing is typically cheaper than a vinyl (PVC) or wood fence. Still, bamboo fencing can get expensive if you love the deep shade of natural black bamboo or choose a metal frame. We go in-depth into all the essential cost factors in this article.
In this guide:
- Average Costs
- Cost Estimator by Size
- Other Factors That Affect Cost
- Related Services
- Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost
- Cost by Location
Average Bamboo Fence Costs in 2023
|National Average Cost||$2,650|
|Typical Price Range||$1,800 – $3,450|
|Extreme Low-End Cost||$600|
|Extreme High-End Cost||$6,900|
These costs are for a 150-foot-long bamboo garden fence. Keep in mind prices vary widely with size and bamboo quality.
To install a bamboo fence cheaply and land towards the low end of the price range:
- Use natural yellowish bamboo.
- Attach the bamboo panels DIY to an existing fence frame.
- Hire a fence installer during the down season (late Fall, early Winter).
Bamboo fence construction costs tend to rise toward the top level if you:
- Choose high-quality bamboo panels.
- Hire a fencing company in the summer.
- Build the support structure from scratch.
Bamboo Fence Cost Estimator by Size
The cost of a bamboo fence installed outdoors ranges from $1,800 to $3,450 for a 150-foot project but varies widely with size. A small bamboo fence costs under $1,150 while fencing a large garden can go up to $6,900. Here are the average costs for 50 to 300-foot-long fences.
|Fence Length (Linear Feet)||Average Overall Cost|
|50||$600 to $1,150|
|100||$1,200 to $2,300|
|150||$1,800 to $3,450|
|200||$2,400 to $4,600|
|300||$3,600 to $6,900|
Our estimates include fencing material and labor costs for professional installation. Let’s see the bamboo fence cost breakdown per linear foot.
Average Bamboo Fence Cost per Linear Foot
The average cost to build a bamboo fence is $12 to $23 per linear foot, including bamboo panels, frames, fasteners, and labor. See how each category adds to the total fencing budget below.
|Bamboo material||$9 to $15 per linear foot|
|Frames and fasteners||$1 to $2 per linear foot|
|Labor fees||$2 to $6 per linear foot|
All these costs vary depending on how tall you wish to build the bamboo fence.
Average Bamboo Fence Cost by Height
A privacy fence built for discretion and intimacy should be at least 6 feet tall, while a decorative installation can use shorter bamboo rolls. Here’s how the cost varies per linear foot for 2-foot to 8-foot tall bamboo slats.
|Fence Height||Bamboo Panel Cost per Linear Foot (Materials Only)||Bamboo Fence Cost with Installation per Linear Foot|
|2 feet||$4 to $14||$7 to $22|
|3 feet||$5 to $14||$8 to $22|
|4 feet||$6 to $23||$9 to $31|
|6 feet||$8.5 to $28||$12 to $36|
|8 feet||$12 to $29||$15 to $37|
Bamboo rolls are one of the most affordable fencing materials for large yards. Unless you go for premium-quality panels, you’ll generally stay in the lower half of the price range. The most popular rolls are 6 and 8 feet wide, but you’ll also find bamboo rolls 14 and 16 feet wide.
Average Cost of Bamboo Fence Panels
Bamboo rolled panels are stalks of poles tied side by side by galvanized steel. A bamboo fence roll 6 ft. high and 8 ft. wide costs $70 to $225, while a bamboo fence roll 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide is $35 to $140. See below what costs to expect for different rolled panel sizes.
|Bamboo Roll Height||6-foot Wide Bamboo Roll Average Cost||8-foot Wide Bamboo Roll Average Cost|
|2 feet||$25 to $85||$30 to $110|
|3 feet||$30 to $85||$40 to $110|
|4 feet||$35 to $140||$50 to $185|
|6 feet||$50 to $170||$70 to $225|
|8 feet||$70 to $175||$95 to $230|
Bamboo panels are easy to cut to size and adapt to the support frame. Just cut the galvanized wire between two poles, then bend the wire on the last bamboo pole to seal it back.
Other Factors That Affect Cost
Although essential, size is not the only factor impacting the bamboo fencing cost. You also need to consider the following:
Bamboo Panel Color
Typically, you can buy bamboo panels for $9 to $15 per linear foot, but the color can take a toll on your budget. Natural golden bamboo starts at $4 per linear foot, while natural black ranges from $14 to $29. See below what shades are available and the average costs.
|Bamboo Color||Average Cost per Linear Foot (Material Only)||Average Cost per Linear Foot with Installation|
|Natural, yellowish bamboo||$4 to $19||$7 to $27|
|Carbonized bamboo||$14 to $19||$17 to $27|
|Deep-dyed caramel brown||$9 to $23||$12 to $31|
|Natural burnt bamboo||$11 to $26||$14 to $34|
|Natural black||$14 to $29||$17 to $37|
These estimates are for regular bamboo panels with whole round poles. You can also choose panels made of split bamboo.
Bamboo Pole Shapes
Regular bamboo panels cost $5 to $19 per linear foot, while split bamboo panels have an average price of $5.50 to $11 per linear foot. Split poles are flatter and less thick, making a split bamboo fence easier to install but less resistant to wind.
It costs under $50 to buy zip ties for attaching bamboo panels to an existing chain-link structure for privacy. You can easily do this as a DIY project.
On the other hand, building a wood or metal frame from scratch for a brand-new bamboo fence adds up to a few hundred dollars. It’s also more complicated and often requires hiring a professional fencing pro, adding labor costs to the project.
Adding rolled fencing to your garden landscaping often comes with related costs you need to consider. Some involve installation, others refer to maintenance. The most enjoyable ones are beautiful add-ons you can use to make your yard a beautiful, relaxing space.
If you want a Tiki-themed yard but need a solid fence to provide protection, consider installing chain-link and attaching bamboo panels as cover. Chain-link fences cost $13 to $23 per foot to install.
Before attaching bamboo privacy screens to an old fence, ensure the support structure is in good shape. Replace damaged posts, clean rust, and apply sealant or paint.
The average fence repair cost is $270 to $750, depending on the fence material and the extent of the damage. Repairing an installed bamboo fence costs $13 to $24 per linear foot, with materials, labor, and waste removal. You can save by cleaning the fence periodically and applying sealant every two years.
Maintenance and Upkeep
The average bamboo fence sealant costs $90 per gallon or $0.30 to $0.60 per square foot panel. It protects the fibers against UV radiation, water, mold, mildew, fungus, and color fading. Apply sealant before installing a new fence and repeat every 2 to 3 years, depending on climate.
Bamboo Lattice and Trellis
Available in framed panels at $25 to $45 per linear foot, bamboo lattices and trellises look great in:
- Tiki-themed landscaping
- English garden designs
- Bungalow-styled yards
Use them to add climbing vines and roses while keeping the same natural, earthy feel in a garden surrounded by bamboo privacy screens.
Bamboo Picket Fence
Most bamboo picket fences cost $10 to $18 per linear foot and are 2 to 4 feet tall. They fit perfectly in Victorian and Colonial landscaping (even if bamboo is not the most popular material for picket fences). Use it to complete a tropical design with bamboo privacy fencing.
Bamboo Rail Fence
Post and rail bamboo fences are 1 to 4 feet tall and cost $9 to $13 per linear foot. Install them along flower beds and walkways in a garden already defined with bamboo fence covers. You can also look into the cost of a split-rail fence made of more traditional material.
An elegant pergola costs $2,100 – $6,000 to install and fits perfectly with the relaxed look of a bamboo fence. Use a bamboo panel cover to create pleasant shade in the summer, or add a bamboo lattice for your favorite climbing plants.
Consider professional landscaping advice before remodeling your entire yard into a tropical paradise. Landscape design costs $2,204 to $6,182 per project, but you can also ask for a consultation for a few hundred dollars.
Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost
Attaching a bamboo fence cover to an existing chain-link or wooden fence is easy. All you need are tie wires, zip ties, or wood screws, typically costing under $50.
Changing the look of a masonry wall with bamboo screens is different. You’ll also need 1×6 or 2×4 boards, masonry screws, and more handyman experience.
The most complex part of bamboo panel fencing is building the support structure from scratch. This is more of a job for a fence contractor who can ensure the best results and offer a warranty. See below how the DIY prices compare with a professional installation.
|Installation Type||Average Cost for a 6×60-foot Fence|
|Chain-link fence covered in bamboo panels DIY||$610|
|Attaching bamboo panels on masonry fence DIY||$1,020|
|New bamboo fence construction DIY||$1,178|
|Professional bamboo fence installation||$720 to $1,380|
If you want to build a new bamboo fence DIY, a wooden structure is the easiest and most affordable to build from scratch. Here’s the DIY cost breakdown.
|DIY Materials and Equipment||Average Cost per Item||Total Cost for 6×60-foot Fence|
|6×6 bamboo rolled panels||$50||$500|
|4×4-inch pressure-treated wood posts||$13||$143|
|1×6 inch wood boards||$6.50||$195|
|Wood screws||$10 per 100-pack||$30|
|Concrete mix||$10 per 50-pound bag||$110|
|Total DIY Bamboo Garden Fence Cost||$1,178|
The price to build a 6×60-foot bamboo fence DIY from scratch, on a wooden structure, is about $1,178. A professional installation for the same fence size costs $720 to $1,380. Labor costs may vary by location.
Cost of a Bamboo Fence by Location
Bamboo costs don’t differ much by state, but you might see variations in labor costs depending on your location. The best way to get an accurate price is to get quotes from fencing installers near you.
Bamboo is a very durable fencing material. When cleaned and coated every 2 to 3 years with a high-quality sealant, bamboo fences can last over 20 years.
Bamboo fencing is not naturally waterproof; without sealing the fiber, it has a lifespan of up to 2 years. Its longevity depends on the climate and exposure to UV radiation and weather.
Bamboo fences are one of the most affordable privacy fences, costing $12 to $23 per linear foot. Wood fencing cost ranges from $12 to $30 per foot, while vinyl fence cost is between $22 and $38 per foot. Read more in our guide about the most popular privacy fencing options.
Bamboo has higher rot resistance than wood fences. Still, it can rot if covered in wet leaves for a long time or if its base stands in water or on moist ground.
Bamboo is high in silica and has a tough shell, making it more resistant to termite attack than other types of wood. Still, it’s practical to apply a borates-based insecticide if nearby structures are affected by termites to protect the fence and prolong its lifespan.
Both are eco-friendly fencing options but are different, even if bamboo panels are sometimes called bamboo reed fences. Reed fence panels are made of peeled freshwater reeds. While looking similar, the reed fence cover is thinner and cheaper, so you can use it to replace bamboo fencing in a low-cost design.
Bamboo rolled panels are available in brick-and-mortar shops and online in home improvement stores such as Home Depot, Walmart, Wayfair, and Lowe’s. They’re also available on Amazon.
A bamboo fence costs $12 to $23 per linear foot to install on an existing old fence or a new-built frame. You can put it up DIY for fun or hire a pro if your project involves building a wood or metal frame. Find a fencing company near you today and check how much it costs to build a beautiful, eco-friendly bamboo fence around your private space.
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