How Much Does it Cost to Install Fence Panels?

The price of £100 per panel installed has been banded around for at least a decade, but is it a true reflection of what landscape gardeners are now charging to replace a fence?

We have a good idea of how much this type of work costs as we’ve had the work completed for us on several of the houses we recently renovated. So check out our guideline price below. We can also point you in the right direction so you can get a competitive quote.

On this page, you’ll discover:

  • a realistic price guide based on our experience
  • which posts are best – timber or concrete?
  • a questionnaire where we ask you how much you think fence panels should cost (also see results from other participants)
  • a complete and in-depth breakdown of the costs, including materials, waste disposal fees, labour and VAT
  • see what prices other visitors to this site have received 
  • a works schedule so you can see the process of removing and replacing fence panels
  • a look at how long the work takes

Reminder: this is just one of several price guides we have on our site.

Explore our full price list here.

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Whether your existing fence has blown over in the wind, has rotted or is just past its best and needs to be replaced; we have a price for you.

Before You Proceed – Can You Answer This One Question? (optional)

We are conducting research into the prices charged by businesses and how much customers think the work should cost.

This question is entirely optional, but we would love to know your answer.

No email address or signup is required and you can see the results:

Timber or Wooden Fence Posts – The Debate

There is an ongoing debate amongst landscape gardeners and homeowners about which type of fence post is best.

There are pros and cons of each material.

So before you reach a decision, consider these points:

Concrete

It’s heavy and may require two pairs of hands to install. Concrete is not the most aesthetically pleasing material, it’s grey, dull and to some, it’s seen as unattractive and totally out of place between timber panels. They also cost a little more than timber.

Concrete does have one redeeming quality though; if installed correctly it will last for decades and possibly as long as the house itself. You can also slide out old fence panels and replace them with new ones, no need to unwind screws or remove nails.

Timber

This material blends in seamlessly with the wooden fence panels and is lightweight so can fitted by a single person.

Unfortunately the life expectancy of timber is much less than concrete. It’s far more likely to split, rot or snap in storm force winds. If you live in exposed areas where there’s lots of wind and rain then this may not be a practical choice for you.

As a general rule of thumb, we suggest you have a good think about where the fence will be installed, how exposed it is the elements before making your decision.

There is nothing wrong with timber posts, they are a popular choice but how long they will last depends on how and where they’re installed.

Tip: prior to installation, dip the base of the fence post in tar, old engine oil or a preservative to keep out moisture and prevent rot.

Further Reading:

Pros and cons of timber/concrete fence posts by Harrow Fencing

Timber or concrete fence posts – by Jackson Fencing

New Fence Panel Cost – Works Schedule

Below is a works schedule and the fence panel price you’ll see further down this page includes everything in this list:

  • Remove existing fence panels and posts.
  • Dig out existing post concrete.
  • Supply and install new timber posts set in concrete foundations.
  • Supply and install timber foot boards.
  • Supply and install new timber fence panels, secured with brackets.
  • Take away and dispose of all waste material legally.

Cost Breakdown

Materials

Here is a list of materials, ordered by price with quantity in brackets ():

  1. Timber lap fence panels 6ftx6ft – £25.00  (10)
  2. Timber posts – £14.00 (11)
  3. Timber foot boards – £7.50 (10)
  4. Fixing brackets, screws and post caps – £6.00 (10)
  5. Concrete mix £60.00

Total Material Cost: £600.00

Waste Disposal

Your contractor will need to remove and dispose of the old fence panels, posts, concrete and perhaps some soil as well.

Expect them to take one trip to a commercial waste disposal yard.

Cost: £100.00

Labour Costs

This varies by quite a lot as wages are different in London compared to, for example, North Wales.

The labour fee also depends on how long the work takes, a good efficient team could install 10 panels in around one and a half days with favourable weather. But it wouldn’t be unusual for the work to take two full days, it depends on the condition of the garden.

Labour: £300.00

Running Costs and Net Profit

Every business, both large and small must allow for employee costs such as; statutory sick pay, statutory holiday pay, employers national insurance contributions and other costs such as fuel, advertising and insurance etc.

Then apply a pre-tax profit margin, this varies as well as it depends on the type of business and whether they are expanding etc.

Costs and Net Profit: £200.00

VAT

We have already included the VAT cost on the materials, but if you choose to go ahead with a VAT registered installer, they will charge this compulsory tax on their labour and net profits.

Don’t forget; smaller firms with a turnover below the VAT registration threshold do not need to register for or charge VAT. You’ll still need to pay this tax on any materials from a supplier, though.

VAT: £100.00

(more info about how you can legally avoid paying VAT here)

Total Cost

The total cost for the supply and installation of 10 6ft x 6ft fence panels and posts, including waste disposal and VAT is:

Project:Price:
Fence Panel Installation£1300.00

Adjustments

When reaching this price for an installation of ten fence panels, we made some assumptions.

6ft x 6ft panels are more expensive than smaller panels, you could make a saving by fitting different sized panels.

We chose lap fence panels because they are cheap at around £25.00 each and also very popular, there are hundreds of different fence panels to choose from and the price will vary by just as much. You can get cheaper lap panels, but based on our experience, these are often quite flimsy and not worth buying.

We also assumed that the work will be done in about one and a half days, if it takes longer, you may be quoted more.

Also, we have included a profit margin that in reality is variable. Many sole traders only cover overheads and make very little profit beyond their wages. Larger firms may have higher expectations, such as plans for expansion etc so will want to make more profit on each job than we have accounted for.

How Long Does the Work Take?

We recently had six 5-foot high fence panels installed to the garden of one house we were renovating and it took one guy a whole day.

He did have some trouble digging out the holes to the required depth as the ground was full of hardcore and also roots from a nearby tree.

Here are some factors that affect how long the work takes:

  • how easy access to the rear garden is
  • how easy it is to remove old panels and posts
  • smaller panels are easier to fit than larger ones
  • if you want postcaps and trellis fitted to the top of the fence

Have You Been Given Prices For a New Fence?

This is your chance to help other visitors to our site get an idea of how much it costs to replace a fence.

Name:Location:Desc:Price:
Mark JonesLondon8 x fence panels and posts, difficult access and on a steep slope (August 2017)£1100
KerryEssextwo sections of fence with a combined 19 fence panels (July 2017)£2100
Alison WebbBournemouthFive panels at 6ft height (June 2017)£400 inc VAT
Dave WestNewburyI need 12 panels installed with concrete posts to my rear garden, also a trellis to the top of the panels. The best price so far is £1450 (June 2017)£1450
AdrianNorth east8 fence panels supplied and installed and old panels removed. Also some minor gardening remedial work, shrub clearnance etc (June 2017)£900
Krzysztofsouth£100 per panel is to much. we at [redacted] charge around £80 for each panel fised, this is with board and post. call us [redacted](June 2017)£80 (per panel)

You can leave your own comments here.

The Best (and Worst) Time of Year to Replace Fence Panels

The worst time to replace fence panels is immediately after a severe storm, a hurricane or a period of high winds.

This is because hundreds of other homeowners will be having the same work done and this can lead to:

  • landscape gardeners raising their prices
  • stockists running out of fence panels
  • companies bring in subcontractors to meet the demand
  • other tradespeople who know nothing about fences and gardening jumping on the bandwagon and doing this work to make a quick buck

This is what happens after every storm or hurricane and it also affects other trades, such as roofing.

The ideal time of year to replace fences is during the winter when it won’t disrupt your time in the garden and when the tradespeople aren’t so busy, discounts are sometimes offered and waiting times are reduced.

Need Inspiration?

Fence panels can be so much more than just a boundary between two gardens.

Just a little creativeness, even within a limited budget, can reap rewards.

As frequent visitors to this site will know, we are huge fans of Pinterest.

This is perhaps the best site on the web to get ideas and inspiration for a wide range of tasks in and around the home.

If you haven’t done so already, go check these great garden fence panel ideas:

Fence panel ideas by Dream Yard on Pinterest

25+ fence panel ideas on Pinterest

Get a Fence Panel Price Online

We have done our best to investigate the prices charged by landscape gardeners to fit fence panels.

Your next step is to arrange for a fitter to give you a firm price.

Hit the link below and see how we can help you with that:

Get a Quote Online

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joprices.co.uk is an updated and realistic cost guide website, we calculate the total cost of a given project and include things like materials, waste disposal, VAT, labour and the profit margins typically charged by specific trades. Use our guide to get a grip on costs and see areas where you can make a saving.
We last updated this page and the suggested prices during March 2017.
Concrete posts don't look as atheistically pleasing but are more solid and are less likely to be damaged by the wind. They never rot either. However, if you decide to install timber posts, make sure they are pressure treated. This will hep prevent rot, as will a good coat of water repellant oil applied to the surface.

Below you can find a link to our recently updated trade day rates page:

Day Rates For Tradespeople

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