The cost of installing fencing
If you’re planning to install some new fencing, you’ll need to consider which material and style to go for, as well as how much it will cost – get some advice here.
If you’re planning on installing new fencing (whether in your front or back garden) it’s important that you take a minute to think through a number of practical and stylistic factors. Height, material, colour, durability, appearance and strength are all important things to consider as they will affect how secure and aesthetically pleasing – and how expensive – the finished fencing will be. Before you get into specifics, however, you should first of all think about why you have decided to install new fencing in your garden.
What’s the purpose of your fence?
There are many reasons why you might want to install a fence, including:
- Erecting barriers to protect pets or young children or prevent them for wandering off.
- To act as sound barriers, perhaps against noisy neighbours with their own younger children or pets.
- To get rid of excessive weeds, shrubbery, plants or overgrown hedges to reduce your garden maintenance.
- To add an ornamental aspect to the aesthetic appeal of your garden.
- For trailing or climbing plant support.
- For a little extra privacy and to keep out unwanted guests, whether they are messy or noisy next door pets, overgrowing weeds or even nosy neighbours!
What style fencing should I choose?
- Vinyl fencing – vinyl is slowly becoming a popular alternative to traditional wooden fencing; it’s manufactured from a plastic based substance and comes in range of colours and designs. It’s also tough, durable and requires very little upkeep or maintenance to keep it looking as good as new! The price of vinyl fencing will depend on the size of your garden but fencing an average 4x3metres front garden should come in somewhere between £2,500 to £3,200.
- Panel or ‘Simple-Board’ – this fencing simply involves putting up a 6x6foot panel (usually around £12 to £20 each in pine wood or MDF) made of connecting slats of wood in a vertical or horizontal design. This type of fencing is flat, cheap and has a natural colouring that blends well with most garden environments.
- Picket fencing – traditional picket fences offer a quaint and attractive look for your garden and can be installed in either wooden or vinyl options, in a range of decorative styles. They can be fitted in both flat-pack options or by a professional contractor, usually costing somewhere between £20 to £30 for a 3x6foot panel.
- Basket weave fencing – wooden basket weave style fencing is a fancier, elegant way of using plain, ordinary wood to fence your garden; it simply involves the use of curvy strips of timber, raised and lowered along a panel for a basket-like effect. The only drawback is that basket weaved wood is often liable to breakages in homes with larger pets or where young children are often playing in the garden. The price will depend on your chosen wood but can come in as cheap as £10 to £25 per 6x6foot panel.
- Electric fencing – if you have a larger, country home with many acres of farmland, or are worried about burglaries in the local area, then you may want to opt for more secure, sturdy fencing options such as wire or electric designs. You can add electric wire to your existing wooden fittings or have newly installed wires put in from scratch – either option should prove useful and effective in keeping out both unwanted animals and uninvited guests. The final cost will depend on the size of your property, but to protect an average acre of land will usually come in at around £1,500.
Many fences these days can be purchased in specially designed DIY flat pack kits, but if you are unsure about how to do the job properly – which may involve anchoring posts, nailing the wooden panels together and even mixing your own cement – then you should always hire a professional. They will be able to install your new fencing quickly and efficiently and even offer advice on what sort of style is best suited to your garden needs. To get the best deal for your money make sure you compare a number of quotes from various labourers and contractors and look over their portfolio work to get an idea of how accomplished each fencer is at their job.
When formulating a budget you should also be sure to think about any other costs that will have to be considered – removal of an old fence usually costs an additional £500, while the levelling of unstable garden terrain that you didn’t notice could also cost a similar amount. Whatever fencing option you go for, however, a professional contractor should have the job completed in a matter of days – leaving you free to enjoy your newly adorned garden in peace.