Fencing and finances – how much does it cost to install a fence?

Garden Fences

Installing a garden fence is probably one of the bigger garden projects you’ll find yourself taking on, and it’s not always something that you can complete in a single afternoon. Whatever the scale of the job and however much planning it requires, the financial side will naturally always be a pretty big consideration.

Now, the tricky thing with talking about the cost of installing a garden fence is that it’s difficult to say with much certainty about exactly how much you should budget for it, since it’s all dependent on a range of factors which can vary wildly from person to person, depending on your circumstances. But while we can’t give exact figures, we can certainly give you a rough guideline of how much you can set aside – so here’s all the most important stuff to remember.

How much does garden fencing installation cost?

As we’ve touched on above, the exact cost of garden fencing installation really depends on the nature of your project, and how much you’re planning to get done. If you’re only replacing a the wooden fence panels on a 6ft tall section of fence down one side of your garden, that could possibly be done with as little as £600 and a day or two’s work. On the other hand, if you were planning on installing an entirely new fence around your whole garden, and in a cutting-edge contemporary style, the cost could easily rise as high as £2000 to £3000.

Generally, any total cost can be split into two main components – the cost of the materials, and the cost of the labour to install them.


Average cost fencing panels: £36.50 per panel

Average cost fencing post: £22.50 per post


Average fence installation cost: £1400

Obviously, one of the first thoughts that probably springs to mind is that you can save yourself the cost of installation by making the project a DIY job instead. However, it’s worth remembering that professionals charge these prices for a reason – because they’ve got the knowledge and skills to ensure that your finished fence stays looking at its best for longer. Sometimes, the money you save with a DIY job isn’t quite enough to be worth it if you have to get your fence repaired or touched up in just a matter of weeks afterwards!

Garden Fencing

The 5 key factors affecting the cost of your garden fence installation

Without a doubt, two of the most pivotal factors which will affect the cost of your project are firstly the amount of fencing that you’ll be replacing, and secondly the type of fencing you choose. However, as well as those, you’ll also have to think about a couple more too.

The number of panels you’ll need

The exact number of panels you’ll require will depend on the size of your garden, and the length and height of your fence. As a general rule, most garden fence panels tend to be six foot wide, so once you’ve measured the space then you should have a good idea of how many you’ll need.

The height of the new fence

Generally, garden fences range between four feet to six feet in height, but that’s not the be-all and end-all, as some fences can be higher or lower. Just make sure to bear in mind that the higher a fence is, the more expensive the project will be.

The quality of the materials involved

Cheaper materials naturally tend to translate into a lower final cost for the entire project, whereas premium products conversely mean that you’ll end up paying more. Not all suppliers provide materials of the same quality as one another, so as ever, your challenge will be to find garden fence panels that strike that perfect balance between quality and price. (And of course, that’s exactly what we provide here at Welch Fencing!)

The type of fence in question

The material and style you choose for your fence will have a big impact on the cost of any replacement or installation. If you’ve got a simple fence consisting of wooden fence panels and concrete fence posts, then it’s obviously going to be significantly cheaper than one that’s been custom-designed especially for your space.

The finish applied

This particular factor is more dependent than most on whether or not you’re planning on making your fence a DIY project. If you’re going to paint it yourself, you won’t have to worry about much more than the cost of materials (and the cost of your own valuable time, of course). If you’re getting a professional to apply the finish on the other hand, you’ll need to factor their quoted price into the cost of your overall installation.

Garden Panels

How much does it cost to replace a garden fence panel?

If you’re not planning on performing an entire garden fence installation, and you’re just looking at replacing a few individual garden fencing panels, then you’ll be glad to hear that it’s naturally going to be a much easier (and cheaper) job. However, the overall cost is then going to be a lot more dependent on the quality and style of the individual panels themselves.

Generally, wooden panels are the cheapest, including weaver timber picket and waney edge fence panels. If your fence panels are solid metal or Venetian on the other hand, you’re going to have to budget a bit more for them.

Lap panels are the cheapest type of wooden fence panel, consisting of overlapping horizontal slats. These tend to cost about £20 each, and are notable for the ease with which they can be installed.

Close board fencing are vertical overlapping boards that are reinforced by horizontal rails. These are slightly more durable than lap panels, but just as easy to fit and replace. Expect to pay about £30 for each panel.

Lattice panel fencing encompasses an array of styles and designs. Now, they’re a bit pricier than standard panels, but there’s a lot of wiggle room in that, as the price in question is heavily influenced by how intricately they’re designed, and the quality of the material they use. At around £150 per panel, it’s safe to say that lattice panel fencing can be regarded as being at the premium end of the market.

Size also plays a role. As a general rule, here’s what you can expect different sizes to cost:

4ft garden fence panel – £15 to £100

5ft garden fence panel – £20 to £120

6ft garden fence panel – £20 to £140

All this is designed to give you just a broad idea of what to expect – when it comes right down to it, you’re the one who’s best placed to judge how you’d like to spend the budget you’ve got available!

When it comes to garden fence panels and concrete fencing posts though, we’ve certainly got no shortage of options for you to choose from here at Welch Fencing. As an experienced UK manufacturer of concrete fence posts and garden fence panels, we have our very own fleet of delivery vehicles at our disposal, allowing us to get your products right to your door.

If you have any questions about any of our products, or you need any more detailed information, feel free to contact us on 01772 336 476, or fire us a quick email on sales@garden-fence-panels.co.uk.