Garden fencing is one of the unsung costs of maintaining a home.
Not only are fences essential for the security and privacy of the garden and house, but they also have their own aesthetic qualities.
Fences are used to frame the garden – they’re part of garden decor. It’s possible to train vine plants up fences, or use them as supports for roses or other plants. They can also be painted virtually any colour to match the aesthetic or design of the garden.
Garden fences do need regular maintenance and sometimes, replacing your fences entirely is necessary. New fences look great, last many years and are low-maintenance.
Once they’re in, they should go the distance and last for the duration of your homeownership, also boosting your home’s value slightly by the time you sell.
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Average Professional Fence Installation Cost
The following prices, collected from 6 primary sources and 8 secondary sources, show the average all-in price of fencing including installation, fence posts and gravel boards.
|Cost of Fencing Per Panel||Per 6 x 3ft Section||Per 6 x 6ft Section||Per 36ft Fence Total Width (6ft Tall Installation)|
|Closeboard Fencing||£70 to £90||£90 to £125||£540 to £750|
|Palisade or Picket Fencing||£50 to £75||£80 to £105||£480 to £630|
|Weave Fencing||£65 to £115||£90 to £150||£480 to £630|
|Chain Link/Wire Fencing||£25 to £35||£55 to £65||£330 to £390|
|Trellis Fencing||£70 to £90||£90 to £125||£450 to £900|
Installing some types of fences like palisade or picket fences is easier than installing closeboard fencing or trellis fencing. For proper closeboard fences, which are the most popular types of fences, professional installation ensures a sturdy, even and tight fit.
Professional fencers will also account for any odd angles and slopes in your garden and can cut fences down to size if required.
Costs will be higher where higher-end fencing is selected in combination with sloped gardens. There will be additional costs for clearing the garden and clearing old fences.
Any heavy foliage like trees or dense shrubs will incur additional costs if they have to be removed to gain access to the fence. It’s best to start with a plain, cleared garden.
Average Supply Cost of Garden Fencing
These are the average prices for various types of fence panels based on standard sizes. Prices will vary with higher-end options, but these figures give a rough estimate of standard fences at retail prices.
|Cost of Fencing Per Panel||6 x 3ft||6 x 4ft||6 x 6ft|
|Closeboard Fencing||£15 to £20||£20 to £25||£30 to £50|
|Palisade or Picket Fencing||£10 to £35||£15 to £45||£25 to £75|
|Weave Fencing||£20 to £30||£30 to £50||£65 to £100|
|Chain Link/Wire Fencing||£5 to £10||£10 to £15||£10 to £20|
|Trellis Fencing||£15 to £25||£25 to £30||£40 to £75|
Fences: What Else Do You Need?
The fence panels themselves are not the only component of a fence. There are two other main components to think about:
- Fence posts
- Gravel boards
Fence posts are what the fence panels attach to. They’re buried in the ground and are usually concreted into place. The fence panel, palisade or other types of fence then connects between the posts.
Gravel boards are what fence panels rest on. The panel itself shouldn’t be entrenched into the ground as it will rot and erode. Instead, it has to sit on a gravel board which raises it from the earth and protects it from water damage and erosion. Gravel boards also keep fences level and make it easier to adjust the height of a fence, keeping them straight for sloped gardens.
Gravel boards and fence posts are made from either concrete or wood.
Here are the average costs of typical fence posts and gravel boards. You’ll need one gravel board and fence post per panel, for a paneled fence at least.
|Fence Post||£15 to £30||£20 to £30|
|Gravel Board||£10 to £15||£20 to £30|
Garden Fencing: A Rundown of the Options
There are many types of garden fencing, however, the big five are:
- Closeboard fencing or other solid panel fences
- Palisade or picket fencing
- Trellis fencing
- Chain link/wire fencing
- Weave fencing
You will see other types of fencing marketed, like hit or miss fencing, jaktop fencing, slatted, Venetian fencing and even steel or PVC paneled fencing.
Also known as featherboard fencing, these are probably the most common wooden fencing panels that you’ll spot across the UK. They’re durable, neat and attractive and aren’t too expensive. Like most fence panels, closeboard fencing is usually 6ft across (1.8m) and either 4ft or 6ft tall.
Pros of Closeboard Fencing
- Durable and strong
- Easy to stain for weatherproofness (usually pre-stained/dipped)
- Ubiquitous and easy to obtain
- Neat and attractive
Cons of Closeboard Fencing
- Heavy and cumbersome to install
- Don’t allow light through
Palisade or Picket Fencing
Palisade or picket fencing is classic, cheap and comes in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Picket fences allow plenty of light and vegetation through and are a great option for when privacy nor security is a major concern for that particular boundary. Jaktop fencing is similar to palisade fencing but is crisscrossed rather than straight. Post and rail fencing is also similar and is popular for very long boundaries.
Pros of Palisade or Picket Fencing
- Simple and easy to install
- Lots of different varieties, shapes and sizes
- Allows light and vegetation to pass through
- Cheap to buy and maintain
Cons of Palisade or Picket Fencing
- Not particularly secure unless tall with small gaps
- Low privacy
Trellis fencing has crisscrossing slats which act as a trellis. This is perfect for growing vine and creeper plants, but will also let light through. An excellent great-looking choice that combines aesthetics and privacy.
Pros of Trellis Fencing
- Lots of different types available
- Lets light through
- Cheap and lightweight
- Excellent for training vines up
Cons of Trellis Fencing
- Less durable than some options
- Low privacy
Chain Link/Wire Fencing
Chain link or wire fencing is very common, particularly where a solid fence is not required and visibility is blocked by shrubs and foliage instead. Chain link or wire fencing is very cheap to erect and maintain and can be easily covered with plants, trees and shrubs. Common in bigger gardens.
Pros of Chain/Wire Fencing
- Cheap and easy to maintain
- Allows light through whilst remaining secure
- Easy to cover with foliage
- Great for larger gardens
Cons Chain/Wire Fencing
- Not as secure or private as solid fencing
- Low aesthetic appeal
Weave fencing is one of the most attractive forms of fencing. Hazel, birchwood and willow are the three most common types of wood used in weave fencing. It can be a little more pricey than other fencing panels, but offers a great combination between design aesthetics, durability and privacy.
Pros of Weave Fencing
- Looks natural and organic
- Strong and durable
- Choice of different woods
- Easy to cover with foliage
Cons of Weave Fencing
- Amongst the most expensive panels
- Less durable than other solid panel options
How Fencing Is Sized
When you shop for fencing, you’ll notice that the vast majority of panels are a standard 6ft wide, which is equivalent to roughly 1.82m.
The standard height varies between 2ft or 3ft for short picket, palisade and jaktop fencing to 4ft, for many fence panels, and 6ft, which is the standard size.
In essence, most fence panels are 6ft x 6ft squares. For example, all of Wickes’ fence panels are 6ft wide with varying heights.
How Much Fencing Will I Need?
So, bearing in mind that most fence panels are 6ft wide as standard, how many panels will you need to fence an average-sized garden? Of course, it depends on the size of your garden.
Garden sizes vary hugely throughout the UK. We have to bear in mind that you won’t be fencing all 4 sides of your garden – a maximum of 3 – but probably only just 1 or 2 sides. The length of your garden boundaries might be on your property deed, or you can measure them yourself with a measuring wheel.
- The average garden size for a house in London is 140 square metres.
- 188 square metres across Great Britain and 226 square metres in Scotland.
A 140 square metre garden has 4 sides of roughly 12m per side (just under). This is equivalent to around 39ft, but most gardens are sized using imperial measurements.
36ft is a pretty standard-sized boundary for a garden of this size, which would require six 6ft panels to fence one side, 12 for two sides, etc.
The boundary of a 188 metre squared garden is not much bigger, at around 13.7m or 44ft. You’d need an extra panel or two to fence one side of a garden this size (seven or eight 6ft wide panels in total).
It’s worth mentioning that panels can certainly be cut down to size, but this is where professional fence installers come into their own. Cutting fence panels down DIY is certainly possible, but will require a moderate to high level of DIY knowledge.
Garden Fences: Planning Permission and the Law
Garden fences are actually covered by ‘garden fence law’ or ‘garden fence protocol’. This sets about rules for
- Who owns the garden fence where there are boundaries with neighbours
- Who is responsible for maintaining the fence
- The protected status of some fences
The pre-existing fences for your boundaries may be indicated on the property deed. It’s likely that you will own a fence on one side of the garden and your neighbour will own the other. The fence at the rear-end of your garden will likely be owned by you if it doesn’t back onto another garden.
It’s worth mentioning that you’re well within your rights to erect a new fence so long as it is positioned wholly within your boundary. So, if you want to change or upgrade the fences surrounding your entire garden, you are allowed to do so.
There is a chance that restricted covenants placed on your deed (more likely with leasehold property) will restrict you from changing/removing certain fences.
According to the Planning Portal, modifications to, or the erection of fences are covered by Permitted Development so long as:
- They do not exceed 1m metres in height (3.2ft) if they face a highway or footpath
- They do not exceed 2m in height (6.5ft) elsewhere
- If the fence is higher than this already, an equivalent fence can be erected
- PDRs for fences do not apply to Listed Buildings – you will need Listed Building Consent
- There are other specific rules for conservation areas
- If you’re unsure, it’s worth giving your local planning authority a ring
Choosing A Fencing Contractor
Most landscapers do fencing, as will some gardening agencies, individual gardeners and handypeople working as sole traders, etc.
Always look for a trusted reputation and a portfolio of past work when choosing a fencing contractor.
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