I learned something tonight about fencing...the black aluminum alloy type...so far, all of my quotes have been in the $35/ft range. A friend who has a fencing company quoted me $29/ft for a "residential" grade fence, or $37/ft for a commercial grade. The difference is heavier duty pickets (5/8" vs 3/4"), 2.5" posts vs 2", and a heavier top rail on the commercial grade. Also, a hidden fastener system is on the commercial grade.
I didn't even realize, or really think about it until he gave me the options tonight, to ask what 'grade' the other contractors were quoting. I'm assuming "residential" grade though. I checked a neighbors, who had his just done, and it the smaller size. I'm guessing that's more common?
What do you folks think? At first I didn't think I was getting any type of deal from my friend (since I know him well), but I'm actually thinking I was. I didn't get into negotiation at all yet, just first offer to get an idea. But it sounds like most likely for the same price most others quoted, he was offering me a heavier duty fence. But do I need it? I don't know much about this style fence and how well it holds up. I'm talking about 200' of fence with 3 gates. If I don't need it, I can save about $1500 on the fence.