How much does a new fence cost?

Price guide

£700 - £1,000

low

£700

median

£850

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£1,000

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How much does a new fence cost?

There’s a reason the humble white picket fence has such symbolic value. Whether you’re creating a cottage-core vibe or looking at panels for privacy, a new fence can refresh any home. But how much does fencing cost in the UK?

The average cost of a new 36-ft fence in the UK is £700 to £1,000. This will vary based on the size of your fence and the style of fence you choose.

There are two main cost factors when installing a new fence

  • Cost of materials (fencing cost per metre)

  • The price of installation labour (usually takes one to three days)

Feeling fenced in by your budget? With our price guide, you can find out exactly how much different fence types cost and make an informed choice for your own home.

Top factors that affect overall fence costs

Size of fence

It probably comes as no surprise that size will influence your new fence cost. The bigger the fence, the more materials and labour you need. To get an accurate quote, you’ll need to consider both the height and the length of your fence.

The length depends on how much space you want to enclose. If you are only replacing a section (not building a whole new fence), this cost will be smaller. You may also only be installing a fence along one side of the property, e.g. if you live in a semi-detached house, you may only need a front fence. Once you know the length, you can work out the fence cost per metre and multiply it by the length you are after.

Height will determine the size and cost of the fence panels you need. In general, there are 4-ft high fences (think waist-height) and 6-ft high fences (head height) as standard sizes.

Type of fence

Different fences, different price points. Whichever your personal preference, the type of fence you choose will directly impact your final cost. The cheapest type is a weave fence in terms of materials, while a slatted or lattice fence is generally more expensive. 

You can also choose different types of posts: timber or concrete. Timber is usually used for post and rail fences seen in traditional farms, while concrete block fences can offer privacy for backyard pools or hot tubs. The cost of post and rail fencing per metre is generally cheaper, so expect to pay on the lower end for a given fence type.

Different fencing types and their costs

Close board

Close boards are as they sound: boards that are close together. Typically, these fences are simple wooden panes with no gaps between the panels. The fence is made up of vertical wooden boards, strengthened by horizontal boards over the top, bottom and middle of the structure. 

Lap panel

Lap panels are very popular as they are both cost-effective and highly sturdy. Horizontal wood slats overlap on the fence, creating extra-sturdy panels. They make great garden fences and are typically more affordable when compared to close board fencing costs per metre in the UK.

Picket

The white picket fence is iconic for a reason. These neat fences create an open, peaceful border for your home and garden. They consist of evenly spaced vertical boards (the pickets) attached to horizontal rails. They are usually only around 3-ft high.

Slatted

This kind of fence (also known as Venetian fencing) is made of slim horizontal slats with small gaps between each to let some light through. Often seen in modern homes, they give spaces a sleek and contemporary feel, especially for enclosed decks.

Weave

If you’ve ever driven through the countryside, you’ll likely have seen a weave or two. This very traditional fencing is made by weaving willow or hazel branches together like a thatched roof. While they’re great for privacy and climbing plants, this fence can require a little more maintenance than some others. A more modern option is the woven fence, which uses more uniform wood panels for a sleeker contemporary look.

Lattice

A lattice panel fence is mainly decorative compared to a fence put up for privacy or security. They are made of wooden panels laid out in a cross-over pattern. They are especially great if you want to train lush vines, fruits or other flowering creepers along your fence.

Metal

Metal fences are made of tall metal sheets. They are a very durable option but not always the most aesthetic. As a result, these are much less common on residential properties and tend to be in more industrial areas. 

We’ve found out as much as we can about fence types and how they affect your finances. The below table shows the average cost of fencing in the UK for an 11 metre (36-foot) fence installation:

Fence type

4-ft high fence

6-ft high fence

Close board

£550 - £950

£700 - £1,400

Lap panel

£450 - £880

£600 - £1,200

Picket  (normally 3-ft high)

£450 - £880

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Slatted

£650 - £1,200

£900 - £1,800

Weave 

£450 - £850

£600 - £1,200

Lattice

£650 - £1,100

£900 - £1,600

Metal

-

£900 - £2,160

 

Not sure what fence you need? Speak to someone in the know. Talk about sections of slats or close board fencing costs per metre with a trusted fencing professional from Airtasker.

Additional costs to consider

The more you know, the more you can manage your budget. When you’re considering your garden fence cost, think about the following elements: 

  • Landscaping – You’ll have to clear access to dig holes for a fence, so why not do a little landscaping at the same time? Maybe you’ve been meaning to lay some turf or build a children’s sandpit. 

  • Garden gate – Is it time for a gate upgrade? You can install a gate for around £75-£100 while you’re at it.

  • Paint – It’s a good idea to seal your new fence panels with a coat of weatherproof paint. Expect to pay £10-£15 for a tub, which should coat ten panels. Or, you can find someone to do the fence painting for you!

Tips to minimise fence installation costs

Reduce the height of the fence

Why are you building your fence? Consider your answer, then get the lowest height you need to achieve that purpose. For example, are you trying to keep small children and pets inside the boundary? You probably don’t need a 6-ft high fence. 

Choose low-cost fence designs

Choosing a low-cost fence design, such as a simple fence and posts design, will be much cheaper than a custom-designed metal fence. This keeps costs down and is a factor where you have more control over the length of the fence.

Do a little DIY

You might not be able to install the entire fence yourself, but you can do the finishing touches and save on some labour costs. This might include treating and painting wooden fence panels, making them weatherproof.

Finding your dream fence doesn’t have to be stressful. From initial planning to the fence installation process, costs will be a combination of materials and labour. These vary depending on the size and type of fence you want to install. To get a more accurate estimate, skip fence cost calculators and get a personalised quote when you put up a task on Airtasker!

FAQs

Can I install fencing myself?

Installing a fence yourself always carries a risk, especially since materials can be heavy and cumbersome. But for simple fences, a DIY enthusiast can probably replace or put up fence panels themselves. Keep in mind, it is physically demanding, and you’ll need at least two people, even for smaller fences. You will likely want to get some help from a trusted fence installer for more extensive, more complicated fencing.

Are fences considered shared property between neighbours?

In general, you can see this by looking at the fence itself. Are the posts facing you? Then, you probably own the fence. If unsure, check your land and registry documents. If yours aren’t clear, check the ones for your neighbours, too.

Do I need planning permission when installing a new fence?

You may need planning permission if your fence (including trellis) is more than two metres (6.56 feet) above ground level. If you live next to a highway used by vehicles, you need planning permission if your fence is higher than one metre (3.28 feet). Lastly, if your house is listed or within the curtilage of a listed building, you need permission when installing any type of fence.