Whether you’re about to tackle a project as a homeowner or you’re a contractor eager to up the ante on your fence rendering and design skills, the right software can make the job of fence design easier and faster.
Review the following top fence drawing and design software products and figure out which appears to be the right app for your needs and goals.
Released in 2018, this software is engineered to turn you into a quasi-architect, offering detailed steps that help you render the fence you seek, and you’ll even see exactly what it looks like thanks to sophisticated features downloaded from the Betafence website.
Developers call this app easy, simple and understandable. You upload a photo of your house or choose from one in the Betafence library.
Follow prompts to position the virtual fence design of your choice, then adjust scaling and other elements.
Add a gate. Mix styles. Save the finished design to your device and send it out for price quotes. Since you’ve done all of the architectural rendering yourself, you just pay for supplies and labor.
Don’t let the name of this app scare you. You don’t have to be a pro to use it to achieve the fence design you seek.
Select from this style menu: Cedar Split Rail; Vinyl Cape Cod Picket; French Gothic; Lattice Privacy; Stockade Panel; Horizontal Louvered; Staggered Vertical; Horizontal Weave; Chain Link or Lattice Top Panel.
Use “smart dimensioning tools” to adjust the layout with a few clicks. This software gives you multiple views of the finished fence design and a materials list too.
Download your finished design to “Dropbox®, Google Drive™, OneDrive® or SharePoint® or export it to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PDF, or PowerPoint® with a single click.”
Design a deck, a garage, post frame or fence with the help of BigHammer, an affiliate of Home Depot. Tap one central resource for professionally-designed templates that start the process. To stick to your budget, BigHammer helps you calculate supply costs based on Home Depot stock item pricing.
Users love this app’s Home Visualization feature that allows you to undertake 3D rotations and you don’t have to stop with a fence if you would like to tackle other projects.
For example, the Garage Designer suite also offers 3D Visualization. This software isn’t Mac supported, but as long as you’ve got at least Microsoft Windows’ version 7, lots of ram and 4GB of available disc space, you’re good to go.
There’s a free trial version of this software waiting for you at Sketchlist website, plus a blog targeted at contractors. This software costs $750, so if it’s in your price ballpark, upload a photo of the building you want to fence and use prompts to create it.
Anyone with a working knowledge of software could finish their design, produce reports, layouts, drawings and assess material cost estimates in about 30 minutes.
Get 2 free online training sessions with purchase and explore other DIY projects that run the gamut from cabinets and wall units to pergolas, kitchen projects and mantles.
The price tag may be hefty, but you get immense value if you intend to keep building once your fence project is history.
This software is available in versions that include Personal, Professional, Higher Education and Primary/Secondary education for users intending to help people design fences for themselves, clients or students enrolled in classes that teach trades.
Sketchup Pro’s motto is “Simple is powerful.” You get 3D modeling capability and intuitive ways to “design, document and communicate ideas in 3D.”
Valuable features include interoperability with other design tools, an extension warehouse and components that help users work smart.
This software generates reports and “uses inferencing to make accuracy and speed a cinch,” all the while, taking projects from idea to the most beautiful DIY project on the block.
This app isn’t QwikDraw’s first rodeo; the company has been around for so many years, it currently markets version 20.
Whether you intend to render your project on a notebook, desktop or tablet, QwikDraw delivers clear, understandable information no matter the size or configuration of your screen.
Your sketch morphs into a wood, vinyl, chain link or ornamental fence before your eyes. If you’re a contractor, you can show clients options on the spot.
QwikDraw is an intuitive app that “auto-detects the operating system for each computer and configures itself” to myriad devices used to publish your designs.
It even supports handwriting recognition on Tablet PC’s, in case you don’t use a PC with a mouse and keyboard.
Aimed at metal fabricators and designers, FabCad has been around since 1989 as a subsidiary of Virginia-based Colonial Iron Works.
If your goal is designing metal fencing systems, this resource could prove invaluable. FabCad owner Dave Filippi built a library of 15,000 ornamental castings, forgings and hardware items before introducing FabCad’s proprietary automated drawing program called AutoRail 25 years ago.
Use this software to accomplish in seconds what once took hours of painstaking manual labor and calculations.
You pick a style, enter your fence measurements, click on the draw button and both instructions and a parts cut list appear. Online training is available. Visit their website to see if this app is for you.
Home Designer Pro, distributed by Chief Architect, gives you tools to tackle projects beyond fences. Shop the website and check out training videos, sample plans, webinars, renderings and the resource center.
Not sure whether Home Designer Pro is for you? Download the trial version before purchasing the program priced at around $500 or rent it for $49 a month.
This app is both Mac and PC compatible and offers roof and ceiling plans in addition to the tools that allow you to design customized walls, cabinets and staircases.
Are you a professional contractor? Home Designer Pro offers you a feature that’s unique: Custom watermarks that protect your proprietary designs from being stolen.
Ultra Fencing and Railing Studio can’t help you with random house renovations, but if you are eager to put a metal fence around your property—or you’re a contractor seeking to offer this type of fence to clients—this Michigan-based company offers its Ultra Aluminum™ interactive Design Studio app so you can choose from an extensive list of fencing, railing and gate projects plus accessories.
Whether your project is “an ornamental aluminum fence or railing for privacy, security or to enhance your home and landscaping,” the Ultra Fencing and Railing app allows you to fully visualize your finished fence as it appears surrounding the house or building image you upload.
Use this program to craft low-maintenance structures that bring back the tradition of the wrought-iron fence, 21st century style.
Use this app to turn 2D renderings into 3D ones with a single click as you become skilled at rendering fence designs.
VizTerra works like this: You access “a streamlined interface, intuitive tools and extensive 3D library” to draw in 2D, transform sketches into 3D, and [deliver a] fully interactive 3D presentation to share with clients instantly.”
Every component is dragged and dropped into templates from the built-in content browser. Access “previewing” mode in storyboard format so you have a realistic view of what your finished fence will look like once it is built.
Visit the website for free trials of tools before you sign up for any of the three rental plans that range between $95 and $165 per user, per month.
Many users are attracted to Realtime because there is a 30-day money-back guarantee attached to this product.
Realtime has produced 12 versions of this program over the company’s 14-year history and users find the company’s technical support to be extremely helpful.
Aimed at garden designers, this app offers high-res, ultra-realistic plants and garden elements dropped into templates that bring designs to life.
You must operate Windows Vista and above to run this software since older versions of Windows don’t support this app’s videos and full-screen presentations.
Edit in both 2D and 3D as you design. Emphasis on fence design is minimal compared to others on this list, so remember that when making your buying decision.
The good news is that the eDraw program is easy-to-use. The bad news is that fence design takes a backseat to garden projects like patios, driveways, pathways, flowers and ground cover. However, you can still design fences with this app of you want.
That stated, you can create a virtual masonry, stone or chain link fence fairly easily by choosing from 10,000+ templates, shapes and drawing tools and by following prompts to complete the design.
Compatible with Windows, MacOS and Linux, the price of eDraw starts at $99 based on your desire for a Lifetime, Perpetual or Subscription plan.
Try the free version to see if it’s right for you at
https://www.edrawsoft.com/store.html keeping in mind the fact that this app is primarily made to aid landscape designers rather than fence builders.
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