How much does fence installation cost?
Fences are a classic way to enclose our gardens and protect our property, and with good materials and proper upkeep, a well-constructed fence can last for years. If you’re thinking of installing a new fence or replacing an old, damaged one, you’ll want to get a good idea of the costs before you get started. We’ve put together this guide to help you get an idea of kind of prices involved with fencing.
Wooden fence panel costs
A rough way to work out the cost of a fence is to establish how many panels your fence will be made up of. Standard fence panels are usually 6ft wide, with different heights available depending on how much privacy you want in your garden. Fence panels come in a wide variety of styles, from close board to feather edge and increasingly elaborate styles, and the cost difference reflects this - costs can range from around £20 per panel to £80 or more for high-end designs or timbers.
A large portion of the cost comes from the labour involved in installing the fencing. Typically it will take at least two fencers to install a fence, as there is significant work involved, removing old fencing if needed, digging out the posts, securing them and fitting the panels. When the cost the panels is added together with the labour of fitting the posts, the gravel boards which run at the bottom the fence to raise it from the ground and protect it from rotting, and other complications such as access, for example, having to bring materials through the house, then costs can easily reach more than £100 per panel. If you are looking to install eight panels, a cost of £1,000 is not unusual, particularly in London or the south-east where costs tend to be higher.
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Plastic fence panel costs
As well as traditional timber, plastic fences, made from uPVC, are becoming increasingly common. The price for the panels themselves is more expensive than timber, at around £20 or £30 per foot of height, but they require far less maintenance in the long run. Installation costs are comparable with timber.
Metal fencing costs
As well as timber and uPVC, it is also possible to buy metal fencing, from wrought-iron railings to styles that mimic traditional wooden varieties. Costs for these can vary widely. A railing can cost £200 per metre, while a panel-based system that replicates wood can be only £40 per metre. It always pays to shop around and see what styles you prefer.
Other fencing costs
If you are using concrete posts and gravel boards, it will be more expensive than using the wooden equivalent, however, there are long-term benefits. Concrete fixtures will last longer and have no risk of rotting. However, wooden panels fitted into concrete supports can rattle if they are not embedded properly, and many people do not like the look of concrete. Also, concrete is a more expensive option - but the fact it will last for years without the need for replacement, and that individual panels can be more easily replaced if they become damaged, can make it worth it in the long run.
Issues of access will also impact the overall cost of the job. If there are issues digging out the garden to install the fence, for example, if the soil is particularly rocky or the fence is being installed over an area of hardstanding, then this can add considerably to the cost as it will need to be drilled out. Disposing of the old fencing will also typically incur a cost.