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Last updated on February 15th, 2024

What’s the average cost to install fence panels?

Give your outside space a makeover with our detailed guide on the cost to install fence panels. In this guide, we cover everything from the different fence types to the factors affecting the price you pay.

Fast Facts

  • When it comes to fence installation, you’ll need to budget for both materials and labour
  • The average fence panel cost is £45 per panel
  • The average fence installation cost is £1,450 (4 ft) - £1,850 (6ft)

 

Whether your fence has blown down or you’re looking to give your garden a makeover, you’ll want to know how much to budget for a new fence. In this guide, we reveal the average cost of installing fence panels.

What is the average cost to install fence panels?

When installing a new fence, you’ll need to factor in the labour cost to install fence panels, as well as the price of the fence panels themselves.

The average fence installation cost is: £1,450 (4 ft) - £1,850 (6ft)

The average cost of fencing panels is: £45 per panel

That said, there are many different types of fence panels – ranging from lap fence boards to weaved fence boards. The cost of fencing varies widely depending on which type you’re using.

Fence typeUnitCost + VAT
(Range low - high)
Average cost
Fencing panelsPer panel£30 - £60£45
Featherboard/ close board fencingPer panel£50 - £70£60
Post and rail fencingPer foot£5 - £14£9.50
Chainlink fencingPer foot£8 - £12£10
Concrete/timber fence postsPer post
£15 - £36£25.50
Fence installation4 ft height£500 (36ft) - £2,700 (200ft)£1,600
Fence installation6 ft height£700 (36ft) - £3,700 (200ft)£2,200

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How much does fencing cost in the UK?

There are two main elements that will make up your garden fencing installation costs:

  1. The materials
  2. The labour

It’s important to wrap your head around both these elements to understand how you can reduce your fencing costs and stay within your budget.

As a general rule, fencing labour prices won’t vary an awful lot based on the type of fencing you choose – unless your fence uses a lot of concrete, as this is a harder material to work with.

Instead, labour costs will generally get higher the longer your fence is, which is an element largely out of your control.

On the other hand, your fencing prices are likely to vary widely depending on the type of fence you choose to have installed.

With that in mind, if you’re working with a fixed budget, choosing your fence type carefully will ensure you keep within your means.

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What’s the average cost of fencing per metre?

Want to estimate the cost of the raw materials for your fencing? You’ll need to consider:

  • The cost of the fence panels/materials
  • The cost of other materials such as fence posts

If we use average garden fence costs then you’ll be looking at £45 per panel + £25.50 per post.

Remember though, your price per metre will vary depending on the type of fence you choose. Here are a few examples.

Featherboard fencing cost per metre

One of the most common types of wooden fencing, featherboard or close board fencing is popular due to its versatility and simplicity.

To calculate the close board fencing cost per metre, consider that the cost per panel is on average £50.

As standard panels are 6 feet or 1.82 metres wide, this means an approximate cost per metre of £45.

Post and rail fencing cost

Post and rail fencing is commonly used in fields and countryside settings. It is inexpensive and doesn’t obstruct views although it is by no means durable.

On average, post and rail fencing costs £4 per foot, plus any labour costs if using a professional.

post and rail fence installation cost

Chainlink fencing cost

As one of the most affordable types of fencing, chain link fencing is easy to install and is often found in residential and commercial areas.

Chainlink fencing costs on average £7 per foot. Remember you’ll need to add on your chain link fencing installation cost for labour too.

How much does garden fencing installation cost?

If you have your fence professionally installed, you’ll usually be quoted a set price that takes into account the price of the panels themselves, plus extra materials and labour.

The average fencing labour price to install fence panels is £1,600 (4ft) - £2,200 (6ft). This excludes the cost of materials.

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Additional fence costs

In some cases, the cost of fencing may include more than just the installation of the fence. Additional fence costs could include:

Fence painting cost

You may want to paint a wooden fence to match the colour of your exterior walls, shed, or simply to protect it.

Waste removal

You’ll generate a lot of waste when installing your fence.

Unless waste removal is a part of the service offered by your professional fence installer, you may have to pay a waste removal company to collect it.

Garden maintenance

If your new fence is part of a new look for your garden, you may need to fork out on garden landscaping or maintenance on top.

Garden gate installation

Unless you’re enclosing an area, you’ll need a garden gate installed with your fence.

Having one can be great for both security and ease of access.

Fence maintenance

Once the fence is installed, you’ll need to maintain it. You may also need to repair it occasionally.

How much does it cost to replace garden fence panels?

The average cost of replacing fence panels will depend on the size, material and style of the panels you have in your garden.

Weave timber picket and traditional/lap/waney edge fence panels are generally the cheapest options.

The most expensive garden fence panels to replace are solid metal and Venetian/slatted fence panels.

Here are the typical prices you can expect to pay, depending on the materials.

  • 4ft garden fence panel – £15 - £100
  • 5ft garden fence panel – £20 - £120
  • 6ft garden fence panel – £20 - £140
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Factors affecting your fence installation cost

The cost to install fence panels isn’t something that can be easily estimated as there are so many things that can impact your price.

Here are some of the most important factors to bear in mind when calculating the cost of your fencing.

Number of panels needed

The size of your garden – and therefore the length of fence you need – will determine the number of fence panels you require.

Most panels are six feet wide. So, once you’ve measured the space where your new fencing will stand, it should be relatively easy to calculate how many panels you need.

Height of the new fence

Usually, fence panels are between 4 feet and 6 feet in height. However, there are other options if you want a higher or lower fence.

As a general rule, the higher the fence, the higher the cost of fencing will be.

For example, a 36-foot-long fence with 4-foot-high panels costs on average £1,450. Meanwhile, the same fence with 6-foot-high panels costs on average £1,850.

Wooden fence along street

Quality of the new fence

Even when looking at the same fence type, you’ll find that not every supplier provides the same quality materials.

The better the quality of the materials you choose, the higher your overall fence installation cost will usually be. However, this isn’t an area you should skimp on. Always check the quality of your new fence to be sure of its durability and longevity.

Type of fence

One of the biggest factors affecting your fence installation costs is the material and style of your fence.

For example, a simple post and rail wooden fence will be much cheaper than a custom-designed metal fence.

We’ll cover the different types of fencing in more detail later.

Finish required

If you have basic DIY skills, you may be able to reduce your fencing costs by treating or painting a wooden fence yourself.

But if you’re looking for a professional finish, you’ll need to budget for a professional to complete the work for you.

Location of fence

If your fence is located in an area that is difficult to reach, or the surface you’re building your fence on is uneven, this will increase the fence installation cost.

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Garden fence maintenance cost

Properly maintaining your garden fence is key to increasing its longevity. In this way, it can help you avoid more costly fence replacement costs for longer.

How much maintenance your fence needs will depend on the material. For example, a plastic fence may need nothing more than a wipe-down. A wooden fence, on the other hand, needs regular painting or staining to protect it from the elements.

Fence painting cost

Experts tend to recommend painting or treating wooden fences every two to three years.

As a rough guide, professional fence painting could cost you around £170 - £270 each time.

Fence repair cost

Repairing your fence quickly when you spot signs of damage is another way to save on money.

Fence repair costs vary depending on the type, extent and location of the damage.

Here are a couple of common fence repairs you may face, together with typical costs.

Arris rail repair cost

Arris rails are the horizontal strips on your fence panel that hold the vertical slats in place.

If these are broken, you’d need to spend around £2 for the rail bracket, plus around £7 - £15 in labour costs.

Replacement fence post

Timber fence posts are sturdy but they are susceptible to weather damage. If your post has rotted in parts, it compromises your entire fence.

To repair it, you may have to spend around £150.

fence repair cost

How to reduce the average cost of fencing

Got a tight budget? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if you can reduce your fence installation cost.

What is the purpose of my fence?

Figuring out the purpose of your fence is the first and most important step.

For instance, if your fence is purely for decoration, you can get away with a cheaper fence than if you want it for security.

Similarly, if you just want to enclose your front garden, a picket fence works just as well and will cost less than a privacy fence.

Could I compromise on materials?

Fences made from different materials can differ widely in price. So, ask yourself if there is a cheaper alternative to the material you’ve picked out.

For example, do you need a metal fence or would a wooden fence work as well? If you’re set on a metal fence, an aluminium fence may cost less than a steel fence.

Could I share the cost with neighbours?

Do you live in a semi-detached or terraced house? In this case, you could discuss sharing the cost of the fence with your neighbours if you will be sharing it.

Can I install a fence myself?

If you have strong DIY skills, you could consider reducing your fencing costs by installing it yourself.

However, this is only something you should consider if you’re confident you’ll be able to install it to a high standard. After all, the last thing you want is to fork out on fence repair costs because your fence hasn’t been installed correctly.

It’s also only something that should be attempted with very simple, lightweight fencing that doesn’t need to be dug into the ground and is properly anchored against the elements.

Regardless, before taking on the challenge yourself, it’s worth bearing a few things in mind:

Risk to yourself

Most types of fences and fence panels are quite heavy to move around.

So, be aware that installing these fences poses a risk to you and anyone assisting.

Difficulty

As well as fence panels, you’ll need to install posts and possibly gravel boards.

Usually, posts will need to be dug into the earth with concrete or other methods of support. This is not an easy job so it is recommended to hire a professional.

Finish

It can be difficult to achieve a professional finish without considerable practice.

Quality

Hiring a professional guarantees a certain level of quality, for instance when it comes to weather resistance and durability. This means the finished fence will be likely to last years longer than if the job is done by a nonprofessional installer.

With all these factors in mind, unless you’re undertaking a very small and simple installation project, we would recommend hiring a professional.

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Common types of fence

Choosing a type of fence for your garden isn’t always an easy task. As well as the cost of your chosen fencing, you’ll need to consider the aesthetics and function – such as durability and security.

To help you decide, we’ve compiled the most common types of fence with a brief description of each.

Wooden fences

These are probably the most common types of fence and with good reason. They are usually an excellent cost-effective choice, can be easily painted and come in a huge variety of styles such as featherboard or slatted.

Unfortunately, they are also not particularly durable. They need to be regularly treated to protect against the elements and are not designed to last forever.

simple fence low maintenance garden

Metal fences

Other than wrought iron fences, metal fences are less commonly used in residential areas. Instead, they’re more likely to be found surrounding business or industrial sites.

They are more expensive than their wooden counterparts and installation is more complex.

On the plus side, they are extremely durable, very strong and designed to last.

Plastic fences

Not a common material choice, PVC fences are almost impossible to paint, can be easily stained and aren’t especially durable.

Despite this, they are much easier to maintain than wooden fences (that need yearly treatments) and are usually not difficult to work with.

Composite fences

Composite fences look and feel very similar to wood, but they don’t need to be maintained in the same way as timber fencing. So, they can be a great choice from both an aesthetic and practical point of view.

Plus, they’re environmentally friendly, as they’re often made from recycled materials.

However, they do come with a higher price tag.

Why install a new fence?

Installing a new fence can have a huge impact on the appearance of any outside space. Here are a few reasons why it could be time to consider installing a new fence.

  • Make your garden more private from neighbours
  • Increase security by making it harder for burglars to gain access to your property
  • Create separate zones and areas outside your home
  • Create a fresh new look for summer
  • Replace an older, broken fence

No matter the reason, installing a fence can completely change your garden style and function, giving you a space to be proud of.

slot fence panelling

Cost to install fence panels key takeaways

Got your head wrapped our the cost to install fence panels? Here are a few key takeaways to bear in mind when you’re picking out the perfect fence and installer for your garden.

  • Fencing comes in many materials and styles – be sure to research them carefully to pick the right fence for you
  • Fences come in different lengths and heights, but most often are in 6 foot panels
  • Installing a fence yourself is risky and the result may not be professional
  • Post and rail, and chain link fencing are very affordable
  • The most common type of fencing is featherboard wooden fencing

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FAQs

Are fences shared between neighbours?

While technically fences are not shared property, you may be sharing one with your neighbour if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house. In such a case, it’s always a good idea to check with your neighbours before you make any changes to it. You may also want to check if they’d be willing to share the cost of the fence with you.

Read our guide to fence ownership and responsibilities to learn more.

How high can I have my fence?

You can have fences as high as 2m if you are not applying for planning permission. You’d need permission for fences that are higher. Also, if your property is next to a road, it may need to be lower than 1m. We recommend checking with your local council to be sure.

How deep should the fence posts be buried?

Fence posts are nearly always buried to a depth of 600mm, no matter what the height, unless the fence is higher than 2.14m. However, the width of the hole you dig for the post needs to be three times its width.

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