How much does fence installation cost?

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A new fence can offer privacy and security while transforming the look of your garden. With regular maintenance, fences can last for years, but how much does new fence installation cost in the UK? To give you an idea, note that the average fence installation cost is between £1,500 and £2,000, excluding material. Read our guide to find out the various fencing options available and how much you can expect to pay. All costs and estimates are current as of 2024.

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Whether you’re repairing an existing fence or installing a completely new one, it’s a worthwhile investment that keeps your garden looking good and screened off from your neighbours. We’ve consulted expert fencing contractors  on MyBuilder who have shared their insights on costing fencing projects in the UK.

We'll cover the following topics in this pricing guide:

  1. Average fencing costs
  2. Cost breakdown of fence installation
  3. How long does fencing work take?
  4. How to reduce fencing costs
  5. FAQ
  6. Your fencing checklist
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Average fencing costs

Want to give your garden a new look? Upgrading your fencing is a good place to start. Whether you’re installing a completely new fence or simply want to replace a few panels, you’ll need to have a good idea of the costs involved so you know you’re getting the best price available. 

Garden fences are typically made from wood, with Featherboard and V-Arched panels both popular options. Wooden fences offer privacy and look the part, but alternatives including vinyl and metal fencing also have certain advantages. 

Not sure which option is for you? We’ve put together a table of garden fence installation costs in the UK to help you budget for the cost of your new fence.

Fencing costAverage cost
Labour cost£300 to £400 per day
Lap panel£40 per panel
Featherboard/closeboard fencing£60 per panel
V-Arched panels£70 per panel
Picket fencing£25 per panel
Post and rail fencing£10 per foot
Chain link fencing£8 per foot
Plastic fencing£25 per f²
Concrete posts£30 each
Gravel boards£30 each
Repairing a wooden fence£350
Repairing a chain link fence£750
Painting a fence£180 to £250
Removing old fencing£350

For a completely new fence, you could be looking at paying between £1,500 and £2,000 excluding materials in total, while replacement panels start at around £45 for materials and between £300 and £400 per day for labour.

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Cost breakdown of fence installation

How much does fencing work cost?

If your existing fence has been badly damaged by rot, climbing plants or extreme weather, it’s probably time to start from scratch. The average cost of installing a new fence is between £1,500 and £2,000 depending on the size of your garden. This doesn’t include the cost of removing your old fence. 

If your fence is still in good condition, you can get away with simply repairing it or replacing individual panels. For smaller repair and replacement jobs, you can expect to pay between £300 and £400 per day for labour. Replacement panels start at around £45. Concrete or timber posts used to secure panels cost, on average, £25 each.

Maintenance jobs like painting or staining a fence typically take less than a day, and you can expect to pay £180 to £250 for these.

Cost to install Featherboard/closeboard fencing

When it comes to enhancing your outdoor space, wooden fencing is a popular choice. Not only does it look attractive, it’s also relatively inexpensive. One common type of wooden fencing is Featherboard or closeboard fencing, which is comprised of overlapping vertical or horizontal boards to offer plenty of privacy. 

However, wooden fencing can be more susceptible to water damage and may not last as long as other materials. The cost of Featherboard fence panel installation in the UK is £60 per panel, plus labour at around £300 to £400 per day.

Cost to install V-Arched panels

V-Arched panels are another popular choice of wooden fence. They are highly durable, look attractive and offer a lot of privacy. Each panel looks the same on both sides, so they can be a good choice if you share a boundary with a neighbour. 

V-Arched fence panels typically cost around £70 each, and you’ll also need to factor in the cost of labour and any posts or supports needed.

Cost to install post and rail fencing 

Often found in rural areas, post and rail fencing is inexpensive and doesn’t block views. It’s also relatively quick and simple to install. Post and rail fencing is usually made from pressure-treated timber and costs around £4 per foot on average (not including labour).

Cost to install plastic fencing

PVC or vinyl fences are generally less popular than wooden ones as they are tricky to paint and can easily become stained. They are also less durable and more expensive than wooden or metal fences. However, they are easy to install and maintain. The cost of a vinyl fence panel is in the region of £25 per square foot. The fencing cost per m² for plastic panels is therefore around £280.

Cost to install solid metal fencing

Metal fence panels are extremely durable and last longer than wooden ones, even up to 35 years. They can look rather unattractive and functional, however, and are often considered better suited to industrial environments rather than residential ones. 

The average cost of solid metal fencing is £80 to £140 per panel.

Cost to install chain-link fencing

Chain-link fencing is usually made of PVC or steel. It’s highly durable, relatively inexpensive and easy to install, but it’s not very popular for residential areas as it doesn’t offer much privacy. 

Expect to pay around £8 per foot for chain-link fencing, excluding labour costs.

Cost to install picket fencing

This type of fencing is most often seen in front gardens. It is usually quite low, at around 3ft high, so offers less privacy than standard 6ft wooden fence panels. 

Picket fencing is usually made from timber or PVC and costs on average £20 to £30 per panel.

Cost to install concrete posts 

Concrete supports keep wooden fence panels secured in place and ensure they can stand up to strong winds. Concrete is a more expensive option than wood, but individual panels can be replaced more easily if they become damaged. The average cost of a concrete post is £30.

Some homeowners don’t like the look of concrete posts. Wooden supports are an alternative, but they are more prone to weather damage. They cost around £15 to £20 each.

Cost to install gravel boards

A gravel board sits at the base of a fence to protect it from water damage and insects. Gravel boards can be made from timber or concrete. 

Concrete gravel boards are more durable but also more expensive, at around £30 to £50. They are generally not considered to be as attractive as timber gravel boards, which cost, on average, £10 to £30

Cost to repair a fence

Weather, plants, pets and wild animals can all cause damage to a fence over time. It’s important to attend to any repairs promptly so that the damage doesn’t impact other parts of your fence. 

The cost of fence repairs depends on what needs doing. You can replace a rotten or damaged arris rail from as little as £2 for the rail bracket and £30 per hour in labour. Be aware that your chosen fencing installation specialist may charge a minimum call-out fee for a small job that takes an hour or less. 

Timber fence posts can be susceptible to rot, and repairs may be in the region of £150. Replacing an entire fence panel is relatively simple. You’ll pay for the cost of the panel (typically between £40 and £70 for wooden panels) and the cost of labour.

Cost to paint a fence

Painting or staining a wooden fence can protect it from water damage and make it last longer. Aside from the practical benefits, you might also want to paint your fence to match your shed or the outside of your home.

On average, the cost of painting a fence is between £180 and £250 depending on the amount of fence you need to have painted and the type of paint or wood stain you choose.

Cost to remove a fence

If your existing fence is rotten or badly damaged, or if you want to replace it with a completely new style of fence, you’ll need to remove it first. 

Some fencing installation experts will include waste removal as part of their service, but otherwise you may need to hire a skip or pay a waste removal company to collect it. 

Waste removal costs, on average, around £350 per project. For comparison, the cost of hiring a medium-sized skip is usually in the region of £250.

Alternatively, you could opt to remove your old fence yourself, which is possible using basic tools and a hammer and crowbar. The old parts will need to be taken to your local recycling centre.

Cost of installing a gate

An attractive garden gate can transform the look of your home, and it can also help to make it more secure. There are many different types of gates, including wooden, metal and electric ones.

The cost of installing a wooden gate with concrete supports is on average £400, including materials and labour. A metal gate between brickwork, more often found at the front of a house, costs, on average, £175.

Cost of planning permission

Unless you are planning to build a fence that is over two metres high, you generally don’t need to apply for planning permission. There are some exceptions to this, however. If your fence is next to a road or pavement, it can’t be more than one metre high without permission. And if your home is listed or you live in a conservation area, you may also need to seek permission before making changes to your fence.

The cost of applying for planning permission varies depending on where you live. Ask your fencing installation specialist for advice on whether it’s necessary, and if so, how to go about applying for permission.

How long does fencing work take?

The time it takes to complete fencing work depends on a few different factors, including the size of the garden, how accessible it is and the condition of the soil. If the soil is very hard or the fencing area is tricky to access in places, the job may take longer. Here are some estimated timescales for common fencing jobs:

WorkTime
Installing a fence (small garden)One day
Installing a fence (large garden)Three days
Replacing a fence panelTwo to three hours
Fence repairsTwo to three hours
Fitting supportsTwo to three hours
Painting a fenceLess than a day
Removing a fenceLess than a day
Installing a gateHalf a day

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How to reduce fencing costs

If you want to save money on your fencing projects, there are a few ways to cut down on costs. You can improve the look of your garden and enjoy a new alfresco experience without finding yourself out of pocket.
  ● Source materials and items yourself: If you’re prepared to shop around, you might be able to save money by hunting out the most affordable fencing panels and materials yourself, simply paying for the cost of labour. However, be aware that many professional fencers will have an existing trade arrangement with suppliers and may be able to get materials cheaper than an average customer.

Replace single panels instead of the whole fence: Check the condition of all your fence panels and only replace the ones that need it. If your fence has rot in one area, you may find that it has spread to other panels or boards, so it’s worth carrying out a thorough check.

Consider removing the old fence yourself: If your old fence is damaged beyond repair, you can save money by removing and disposing of it yourself. This might require a bit of brute strength, but it will save you money on the overall project.

Find a reliable fencer: An experienced and reliable fencer will be able to source materials at the best price, and they are very likely to complete the job on time. Using a reliable tradesperson also means a high-quality job that’s likely to last a long time, saving you money in repairs and maintenance further down the line.

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FAQ

Do I have to ask my neighbour before installing a new fence?

If you share a boundary with a neighbour, it is wise to consult them before making any changes to your fence. In terraced houses where the back garden has a fence on either side, there is often some confusion over which homeowner is responsible for which boundary. You may be able to find this detailed in the land registry documents for your home.

How often do I need to replace my fence?

The lifespan of a fence largely depends on what it’s made from. High-quality wooden fencing can last a decade or more, but it will eventually be susceptible to rot. PVC, vinyl and metal fences tend to last a lot longer, between 25 and 35 years.

If your fence is showing signs of rot, it may be time to replace it. Check to see the extent of the damage, you may only need to replace single boards or panels. A fence that is leaning from storm damage or climbing parts may also need to be replaced.  

Can I install a fence myself?

If you’re a dab hand at DIY, you could certainly consider installing a fence yourself. However, you might find that the time it takes, and the cost of materials and tools required, don’t justify how much less it costs to install a fence yourself.

Working with an experienced and skilled fencing installation specialist means you can be confident the work will be carried out to a high standard and will last for many years. A professional fencer may also be able to source materials at a lower rate, saving you money on the job overall.

As an alternative to installing a new fence, you could look at doing simple repairs like replacing boards or slats yourself. Painting or staining a fence is also a relatively straightforward DIY job that helps keep your fence protected from the elements for longer.

Your fencing checklist

Decide on the type of fence you’re looking for: work out the size of the fence you need and what materials you would like to use.
 

  • Decide on the type of fence you’re looking for: work out the size of the fence you need and what materials you would like to use.
  • Find a reliable local fencer: your fence is likely to last longer if it’s installed by an experienced professional. MyBuilder helps to match you with reliable and recommended local fencers who can complete the work to a high standard. 
  • Get a range of quotes: shop around and get a few quotes for comparison. You can choose the one that best fits your budget.
  • Factor in any additional costs: your overall budget for fencing work should include the cost of removing the old one, as well as any remedial gardening work that might be required. 
  • Speak to your neighbours: it’s always a good idea to let your neighbours know if you’re planning to repair, replace or upgrade your fence, especially if you share a boundary.
  • Check planning rules: make sure your fence is under two metres, or one metre if it borders a road or pavement. If not, or if you live in a listed building or a protected area, you’ll need to apply for planning permission.

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