How much does it cost to put a fence up?
The very first question from anyone installing or replacing a fence: “How much does it cost to put a fence up?” Comparing fencing prices can be frustrating, since there are so many components to consider. But don’t stress — we’ve compiled this completely comprehensive, one-stop-shop for fencing quotes and fence cost calculators!
So grab your notepad and a fresh cup of coffee — it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of how much a fence actually costs. For the purposes of these comparisons, we’ve stuck to a standard 1.8m height.
How much does a DIY fence cost?
If cost is your main concern, you might want to consider installing the fence yourself — it can be surprisingly simple and satisfying to do. (If you already know that DIY is definitely not for you, you can skip to professional installation costs here.)
The DIY install option of each fencing type offers different cost reductions. For instance, buying all the separate components of ColorBond fencing at retail prices can still add up to around $60 per lineal metre — and that’s before the extras, like lattices, gates or concrete — which means you might only be saving around $20 per metre. However, for ModularWalls fencing, you could be saving almost half of the costs by installing it yourself!
Some fences are structured around basic post and rail systems, and are really easy to knock together, including timber, ColorBond, aluminium and modular fencing. However, others demand a very high skill level or equipment, and may not be very suitable to DIY. Brick fences, for instance, require trade skills, expert techniques and complex footings — a novice who produces even a slightly uneven wall risks it being visually unappealing and structurally unsound.
DIY fence cost comparisons per lineal metre (1.8m high)
As a general comparison for a basic run of fencing, here is a quick cost comparison for price per linear metre. Keep in mind that these estimates are only indicative, and might not include freight, GST, extra fixing materials (concrete, screws, tool hire, etc) or local market fluctuations:
- $50 – $120 for timber fences (treated pine being the least expensive wood option)
- $60 – $70 for Colorbond fences
- $130 for SlimWall modular fencing
- $180 for a VogueWall modular wall
- $240 for an EstateWall modular wall
You can also use these handy online calculators to work out rough pricing for your specific DIY fencing project:
- Timber fence calculator
- Colorbond fence calculator
- Modular fencing calculator and instant quote estimate
- Brick wall calculator (note: you’ll need to calculate the additional concrete footing costs elsewhere)
How much does it cost to put a fence up professionally?
Not all of us have the time, ability or interest in putting up our own fence. According to hipages*, this is a general guide for professionally installed fencing per lineal metre, including materials costs. For reference, we’ve included ModularWalls fences as well:
- $65 -$100 for Colorbond fencing
- $75 to $120 for treated pine paling fence
- $80 -$125 for hardwood fencing
- $190+GST for SlimWall modular fencing
- $280+GST for a VogueWall modular wall
- $280 – $350 for a treated pine slat fence
- $360+GST for an EstateWall modular wall
- $550 – $800 for a brick wall
- $600 – $1000 for a frameless glass fence
- $750 – $1000 for a rendered brick and steel fence
- $800 – $1200 for a sandstone and timber fence
*Costs and prices stated in this hipages article are indicative only, vary locally and are subject to market forces.
How much extra do gates cost?
Manual gates can cost anywhere between $500 to $4300, depending on material choice and design. For a motorised driveway gate, the price jumps to around $1500 and keeps climbing the fancier you get.
What are the ‘hidden costs’ of fencing?
There are a few extra factors that may apply to your fencing project. These ‘hidden costs’ could include:
- Removal of old fence
- Special tool or machinery hire (for DIY fences)
- Painting or rendering
- Footings for brick walls
- Difficult sites (sloping blocks, restricted access, ground conditions)
- Environmental zoning conditions (specific materials needed for bush fire or cyclonic regions)
- Council approval fees or permits
Cost vs Value
This article has focused a lot on pricing; but when undertaking any home improvement project, each decision should be treated as an investment, rather than a short-term purchase. Comparing cost alone may compromise the long-term value of what you’re actually getting.
Questions you need to ask include:
How long will this last?
If the fence lacks durability or ages quickly, you could find yourself replacing the fence more often.
How much maintenance is required?
If you need to regularly repaint or treat your fence, this will incur ongoing costs that can really add up.
Will this boost my property value?
Property is one of the most common investments and should be treated as such; each element should work to boost your home’s overall value. Features such as aesthetics, acoustic capabilities or customisation versatility are strong assets when comparing your options.
Written by Evelyn Kandris