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Last updated on April 12th, 2023

What are security fence prices in 2024?

If you want to increase security around your property, a security fence could be a great way to do so. After all, if someone can’t get past the boundary of your property, they’ve fallen at the first hurdle. We’ve taken a look at the different security fences you can choose from, as well as the average security fence cost.

If you want to increase security around your property, a security fence could be a great way to do so. After all, if someone can’t get past the boundary of your property, they’ve fallen at the first hurdle.

We’ve taken a look at the different security fences you can choose from, as well as the average security fence cost.

Security fence price

Fencing typeUnitCost - lowCost - highAverage cost
Chain link fencingPer metre£9£18£13.50
Mesh panel fencingPer metre18£27£22.50
Palisade fencingPer metre£24£37£30.50
Security fence installationPer day--£150
Barbed wire fencingPer metre£3£3.50£3.25
Barbed wire fencing installationPer project£125£250£187.50

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

There are many different kinds of security fencing, including temporary fencing that’s often used to secure building sites, like wood or metal hoarding. However, if you’re looking for a permanent option, you’ll have three main kinds to choose from:

  • Chain link fencing
  • Mesh panel fencing
  • Palisade fencing

Security fence prices will vary depending on what kind you choose, as they all offer differing levels of security.

The cost per foot will also depend on how tall the fence is. We’d recommend getting a fence that’s at least 1.8 metres tall. But if you’re after maximum security, you could even go as tall as 3 metres.

Chain link security fence cost per metre

Chain link is made up of small holes to prevent any intruders from being able to climb up the fence. It can be fixed to metal or concrete posts and is very flexible, which makes it an easy way to delineate boundaries and provide security. In fact, you’ll often see it used around sports pitches or courts.

To help the fence blend into its surroundings, you can get it galvanised or plastic coated. You can also add barbed wire on top to make it even more secure.

Average security fence price per metre: £13.50

Average security fence price per foot: £4

Mesh panel security fence cost per metre

Mesh panel fencing is similar to chain link security fencing but the panels aren’t bendable, which makes them a lot sturdier. This kind of fencing is also relatively attractive. It’s typically available in black, green and a number of other colours.

Average security fence price per metre: £22.50

Average security fence price per foot: £7

Palisade security fence cost per metre

Palisade is the most expensive option out of the three, but it also offers the most security. It’s made up of vertical steel bars that offer no support for intruders to climb up. It’s also easy to install and fairly attractive, as it comes in a range of finishes and colours.

You can get hold of palisade security fencing in either a ‘D’ or ‘W’ profile. The ‘W’ is the more secure of the two as it has sharp edges that are uncomfortable to hold. To make your palisade fencing even more secure, you could add pointed spikes to the top of each vertical bar, or simply top it with barbed or razor wire.

Average security fence price per metre: £30.50

Average security fence price per foot: £9.50

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Additional security fence costs

To make any of these security fence types more secure, you can add additional features such as barbed wire, razor spikes or electric pulse fencing.

You can expect to pay around £3.25 per metre for barbed wire fencing, as well as an installation cost of around £187.50 for the whole project. Just watch out because by law, your barbed wire must be well-maintained and mustn’t cause danger to people or animals. It’s also advisable to put up signs to warn people it’s there so that you can avoid being held liable if someone hurts themselves climbing it.

Palisade security fence

It could also be a good idea to add an electric gate to your fencing to make sure it’s as secure as possible. For aluminium sliding gates that are 3 metres tall, you’re looking at a starting cost of around £2,600 for both supply and installation.

Security fence cost calculator

When calculating the cost of your new security fence, there are four key factors you’ll need to consider. These are the type of material, the amount needed, delivery and installation.

While the type of fence you choose and its length are usually set costs, delivery and installation charges can vary depending on access, the lay of the land and its condition.

For example, a remote site with undulating boundary lines that are either overgrown or on infirm ground will prove more expensive to deliver to. It will also create additional challenges, and costs, during installation.

Key takeaways

  • Chain-link is a cost-effective and relatively secure option.
  • Palisade is the most secure option, as well as the most expensive.
  • You can increase security with additional features such as barbed wire or electric gates.
  • Be sure that barbed wire fencing isn’t posing a risk to people or animals.
  • Delivery and installation costs can vary depending on access and land condition.

Security fence quotes

Now that you have a clearer picture of the costs of installing security fencing, you can better judge any prices you receive. As with any project, it pays to source and contact a number of professionals in order to get a cross-section of prices before agreeing to anything.

To get quotes from locally recommended and trusted fencing experts, simply enter your postcode in our free search tool below.

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