Estimate The Cost

To estimate the cost of your fences you must first decide;

1. The material to be used
2. Your preferred design
3. The height required
4. The length required.

Fence materials come in 5 standard heights - 0.9m, 1.2m, 1.5m, 1.8m and 2.1m, (Other custom made sized fencing is available). If yours varies in height, the next higher sized fence material will be needed, (eg; a fence 1.6m high should be costed at the rate of fencing 1.8m high).

Once you know the type and height of the fences you require, you can estimate the cost by multipling the 'per metre' price by the length of your fence.

Varying Factors

Each job has specific requirements that can add to the cost. Some common requirements that are in addition to the per metre rate are: coredrilling, demolition and removal, painting or staining, unsuitable foundation material, access, length required, fence bases or retaining beams.

If your fences are to be installed into a concrete slab or rock surface an extra allowance should be made to cover coredrilling and fixing. Coredrilling is performed with a water cooled diamond tipped drill which can be hired from building hire companies.

Demolition and removal of the existing fencing and preparation of the line is usually done at a per metre rate, however removal of bushes, trees, other structures or other items will incur extra charges. To keep the cost of your new fencing at a minimum prepare and clear the line prior to receiving quotations.

Painting or staining of timber fencing is not included in the cost. Most fencing is left unpainted or although if painting is required two coats of an exterior weatherproof paint is required.

Access can affect the cost of your fencing. If the location of your fences are a long way from the road access, or is up several flights of stairs, an allowance for the hand transportation of the materials may be required.

The length of your fence can determine the per metre cost. For example, the longer your fence the cheaper it should be, and vica versa, if your require a short run (under 10m) the per metre rate of fencing would be more expensive.

Foundations can affect the cost of your fencing. If your foundations consist of excessive amounts of sand or clay an extra allowance for the excavation and footings may be required. If retaining beams are required to support different ground levels this will increase the cost. For large retaining walls (over 400mm high) refer to our section on retaining walls.

To search the cost for any style of fencing simply type your preferred fence style into the box below and press the search button.


For more information on estimating individual fences, click on the estimating help buttons on the right of this page.

Or preview our price comparison chart to compare the cost of available fence designs.

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