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Fence Installation Cost Guide

The total fence installation cost will usually sit around £85 to £170 for each installed fence panel 6’ (1.83m) wide. The average per panel cost is £125 per panel for quality fencing.

If figuring the cost per metre, it is £48/m to £95/m for the most popular styles, with an average cost of about £75 per metre.

The information here includes sample costs in the low, average and high range. Cost factors below will help you plan your UK fence cost prior to getting estimates from local fencing contractors, using our fence cost calculator.

Here is a summary table. There is an explanation of the cost details below.

Fence Installation Cost Guide
Low Cost Average Cost High Cost
Cost Range £48 – £70/m £64 – £90/m £80 – £95/m
Panel Cost – 6′ £22 – £50 £40 – £90 £80 – £115
Panel Height Up to 5′ 5′ to 6.5′ Above 6.5′
Gravel Boards None or Wood Wood or Concrete Concrete
Post Type Wood Wood or Concrete Concrete
Post Caps None Basic Fancy
Access/Slope Easy to Moderate Easy to Difficult Easy to Difficult
Groundworks Little Moderate
Moderate or Extensive
Remove Old Fencing No Yes or No Yes
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Fencing Installation Cost Factors

There are factors related to the fencing material and to installation.

  • The Panels Used – Here are popular panel styles and their supply cost for each 6’-wide panel:
    • Featherboard/Featheredge Panels: £22- £40
    • Palisade Panels: £25- £44
    • Trellis Panels: £26-£45
    • Feathered Convex (dome) and Concave: £33- £50
    • Hit and Miss Panels: £45-£64
    • Woven Panels: £50-£65
    • Venetian Panels: £55- £74
    • Tongue & Groove Panels: £55-£76
    • Closeboard Panels: £64-£82
    • Lattice Panels: £72-£90
    • Lap Panels: £78-£94
    • Concave Tongue & Groove Panels: £$100- £125
  • Panel Height – Sellers usually list panel dimensions in feet, though some use both feet and metres. Fence height ranges from about 2.5’ (.75m) to 8’ (2.4m), with 6’ (1.8m) being most common.
  • Gravel Boards – Installers set these boards between the ground and the bottom of the fence. Your options are not to use gravel boards, to use wood gravel boards or to use concrete gravel boards. Concrete costs up to 3 times more than wood, but will last indefinitely while wood might last 10 years.
  • Post Type – Your options are wood in several thicknesses and concrete. You’ll need one standard post for every place two panels join. Corner and end posts cost slightly more.
  • Caps – Decorative caps are an option. They’re available in simple styles like half-round and chamfered and decorative types like ball & collar and acorn. Cost goes up with their size and style.
  • Topping Rails – This is an option. Most homeowners use them if they are not already integrated into the panels. The rails give the fence a neat, finished appearance.
  • Concrete – Each post should be set in concrete like Postcrete. Fence installers use two bags per post in firm soil; three bags in loose soil. Dig the holes a bit larger in soft soil to accommodate three bags. Cost is £5-£6 per bag.
  • Screws – You’ll need 6-8 screws per panel or 12-15 per panel with topping rails. Cost is about £10 per box of 100 screws.

These factors focus on installation:

  • Old Fencing Removal and Disposal – Expect this to add a few pounds per metre to the cost estimate. Expect the cost to go up if a large amount of concrete must be dug out and skip hire is required.
  • Access to Fencing – Cost is higher when accessing the installation area is difficult.
  • Extensive Groundwork’s – Cost will rise if there are things like tree stump removal, bushes, stones and other such objects that must be removed before installing the fence.
  • Slope – Ground that is not level is difficult to work with and pushes fencing cost to the upper end of the range.

Sample Fence Installation Costs

Here is another table. This one shows total cost for fences in the low, average and high cost ranges.

# of Panels Panel Type Gravel Boards Posts Post Caps £4,150 Cost
10 Feather Edge None 100mm Wood None Easy £575
10 Closedboard Wood 200mm Wood Simple Moderate £1,180
10 Tongue&Groove Concrete Concrete Decorative Difficult £1,735
25 Feather Edge None 100mm Wood None Easy £1,325
25 Closedboard Wood 200mm Wood Simple Moderate £2,795
25 Tongue&Groove Concrete Concrete Decorative Difficult £4,150
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These costs are for installed fencing. The labour rate of £22-£30 per metre is included. Tradesmen determine the labour rate based on the four installation factors mentioned above – removing an old fence, access, groundwork’s and slope.

Steps to Fitting Fencing

If you’re considering DIY fencing installation, or simply want to understand the scope of the task, here are the general steps. This is an overview rather than a how-to guide to fencing installation.

  1. Remove old fencing and concrete (If present).
  2. Place stakes where fence corners and ends will be to ensure the fencing runs straight.
  3. Dig the post holes.
  4. Insert posts and surround each with concrete mix and water.
  5. As the concrete hardens, use a level to ensure the posts are as vertical as possible.
  6. If used, set gravel boards on the ground from post to post.
  7. Fix fencing panels to the posts with screws.
  8. If used, install the topping rail and post caps.
  9. Stain and/or cover the fence with protectorant. This step is not included in the cost estimates here because it is often completed by the homeowner or a painter.
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Is Permitting Required

You don’t need permission for installing a new fence or replacing an old one.

Is DIY Fencing Installation an Option

It certainly is, and approximately £22-£30 per metre can be saved.

However, installing a fence to look like a professional did the work is a daunting task, depending on how much groundworks must be done and what obstacles there are like roots, stones and overgrown shrubs.

The complexity of the fence design is also a factor. Finally, installation is time-consuming and takes hard work.

With the warnings out of the way, consider doing the work yourself  if you:

  • Have experience and are comfortable using power tools like a saw and drill
  • Can make precise measurements to ensure that two adjoining panels can both be fixed to the same fence post
  • Have the physical ability to dig post holes, raise panels and fix them in place
  • Have a mate that can help on the project

How to Get the Best Price on a Well-Built Fence

Low cost isn’t the goal, since the low bidder is usually inexperienced or incompetent. Or both.

The goal is to find a fair price for top-notch fence installation. Get written estimates from at least 3 fencing companies that know they are competing to supply and install your fence. Compare estimates, and ask about the experience of the crew that will be doing the work.

Frequently Asked Questions for your Fencing Installation?

  • Q. How do you choose the right wood fence for your home?
  • Ans. Choosing the right wood fence for your home can be a bit of a daunting task. This article provides an overview of choosing wood fencing, with hints and tips of considerations you need to make.
  • Q. How far apart should fence post be?
  • Ans. Usually fence posts are spaced between six and eight feet apart, the corner posts are put in place first, then to align all of the posts in between, create / stretch a guide line from each corner post.
  • Q. What type of wood fence lasts the longest?
  • Ans. The most commonly used woods for fences are cedar, pine, and spruce, they all have different lifespans. Cedar wood offers the longest lifespan which typically lasts anywhere from 15 to 30 years.

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