Average Cost to Erect Fence Panels (A Price Guide)

Welcome to Quotation Check – the web’s leading quote checking website. This page is part of our series into the typical landscape gardening costs charged by both small one-man traders and larger companies. We have researched the prices charged by fencing companies and landscape gardeners to erect 8 fence panels and install new posts in a rear garden with good access.

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Our tables below show you the results of our research for both lap panels and close boarded fence panels, these are the most popular types of panels in the United Kingdom (see photos below for more info).

We have assumed the following when gathering quotes to compile this data:

  • 6ft high panels
  • Concrete posts
  • Concrete gravel boards
  • Good access to rear garden
  • Removal and disposal of old panels/posts and small amount of garden waste

The price tables below do NOT include any of the following costs:

  • VAT
  • Gardens with access issues (i.e everything has to be carried through the house)
  • Fancy panels, our quotes are for lap and close-board panels only
  • Digging out large amounts of concrete

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Lap Fence Panel Costs (8 x Panels/14metres)

Cost to install fence panelsThe table below contains an average price for the installation of 8 x 6ft (1.8m) lap panels, that’s a length of approximately 14 metres.

We want concrete posts and gravel boards to be installed, we prefer them as they will never rot and last longer than timber boards:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£1000.00£1200.00
South, SW and Midlands£1050.00N/A
Outer Region and North£900.00£1000.00

Close Board Fence Panel Installation Costs (14 metres)

The table below is for close board panels, 14 metres in total, again with concrete posts/gravel boards:

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London Area£1150.00£1300.00
South, SW and Midlands£1150.00N/A
Outer Region and North£950.00£1000.00

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Wooden Posts Vs Concrete Posts

What type of fence post is best, concrete or wooden? This is a question that every installer has been asked a thousand times, so here are the advantages and disadvantages:

Wooden Posts


  • Cheaper
  • Often deemed as more aesthetically pleasing
  • Panels are directly fixed to posts so don’t rattle in wind


  • More likely to be affected by wind
  • More susceptible to rot
  • Like the panels, they require frequent treatment

Concrete Posts


  • Very secure, in even the strongest of winds
  • Will not rot
  • Panels can be removed and reinserted easily
  • Will last for decades


  • Not everyone appreciates the look of concrete
  • Panels are not directly fixed to posts so they may rattle in the wind if not packed out correctly
  • More expensive

Gravel Boards

Gravel boards are placed beneath the fence panels and can be used to gain extra height for the fence, they also lift the timber panels off the ground so they are less likely to rot.

We strongly recommend the installation of gravel boards as they will extend the life of your expensive fence panels.

There are two variants of gravel boards, concrete or wooden. We suggest concrete as like the posts,  they will never rot but we accept timber may be cheaper and more aesthetically pleasing.

Hidden Costs – Double Check Your Quote

When you receive your quote, we suggest you double check that it includes all of the following:

  1. VAT if applicable
  2. Removal and disposal of old panels and other waste
  3. Any extra fees to dig out concrete/roots?
  4. What about gardens with poor access or excessive shrubbery?


Obviously the new fence panels will need treating with a wood stain/protector. It’s usually best to allow the new panels to dry out for a few weeks before applying the stain. This cost is not usually included in the price for new fence panel installation.

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Fence Panel Variations and Prices

If you are prepared to pay extra then you can choose from many fancy panel designs, we have provided a sample of some of the most popular ones below, along with a purchase price for each fence panel:

lap fence panel

Typical lap panel fence. 6ft x 6ft panel costs around £17 each.

Close board fence panel costs

6ft x 6ft close board fence panels cost around £35 each, depending on quality.

Concave fence panel

Concave fence panel, 6ft x 6ft costs around £40 each, depending on quality.

Convex panel

Convex fence panels at 6ft x 6ft cost around £45 each, depends on quality.

Weaved fence panel

6ft x 6ft panel with decorative weave. Costs start from around £60 per panel.

trellis fence panel

A trellis fence panel at 6ft x 6ft costs from £16 each, depending on quality.

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14 Responses to “Average Cost to Erect Fence Panels (A Price Guide)”

  1. MilenApril 7, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    Is this prices including materials( fence panels and post) or labour only.
    Is all quotes on this web site labour only or incl materials. Thanks

    • Frank dodoApril 27, 2016 at 5:37 am #

      Labour plus materials included, the fencing is priced per meter and depending on location and type used, post and gravel boards used. The price starts from larch lap panel at £50-55 per meter and if is close boarded price starts at £60-65 per meter. There may be an extra charge for clearing and dig outs if time consuming.

      Email me if you need a complete quote and job done.

  2. Kevin barry froggattAugust 3, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    I would like a price to fit 7 & half fence panels with concrete post and gravel boards please . I live in S12 Hackenthorpe thanks

  3. bill randAugust 11, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    how old are these prices ?

    • QuotationCheck AdminAugust 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      April 2015.

  4. HannaSeptember 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    hi, is this fence panel made from tanalised timber? The price of £50-65 per metre inclusive labour and material you mentioned in reply to Milen above: does it include VAT? How about rail and postcrete? Thanks, Hanna

  5. HannaSeptember 28, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    hi, it’s Hanna again. Forgot to ask: is the post mentioned in the price £50-65 above concrete or wooden? thanks

  6. PaulioJanuary 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    This equates to a labour charge of something like £30-40 per hour by my reckoning. Even if there are two people that still means they are charging more than a teacher or policeman gets.

    8 panels (8x£20) £160 9 concrete posts and gravel boards (9x£35) £315 Postcrete/sundrie other items £50 = £525 (£1050 + VAT) – £525 = £735 labour. Assume two day job £735/16 hours = £46 per hour/2 = £23. Even assuming a generous holiday (1650 working hours py) that equals an annual salary of £38k per gardener.

    • Daniel AdminJanuary 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

      Assuming trader is below vat threshold*
      Materials – £525
      Waste disposal – £90
      Fuel – £15
      An allowance for advertising, tools, accounts’ fee, Van hire/purchase,van maintenance, road tax, mot, van insurance, liability insurance, employers national insurance contributions for any employee, and other indirect costs that MUST take into account before calculating a “salary” – £50 (being generous here)

      Total: £680

      £1050 – 680 = £370
      £370 divided by 16hours = 23.12 per hour for two workers.

      £11.56 per hour.

      £11.56 x 1650 hour py = Annual salary of £19078**

      Conclusion – self employed trader charging this much is earning below the average wage for this region.

      *VAT is passed onto HMRC not added to salary.
      **Excludes deductions such for sick days and days when work is impossible due to weather.

  7. Nicholas McKenzieJanuary 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Agree with Daniel VAT goes to Government but VAT registered trader can claim certain back – major costs sits with end user – the consumer. National living wage is £7.20 outside London? Sick days, weather and lack of work would seriously dent wages for self employed.

  8. Dan JankoMarch 9, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    why is it people always winge about prices….as Daniel said we trades need to cover costs and make a living…….all they see is price at the end. if you don’t like it do it yourself or think would i want to do it for less money….

    • AlexMarch 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

      the reason people ‘winge about prices’ Dan is because the prices more often than not do not reflect the actual amount of labour and skill that goes into the job (an all too common malaise with products and services in the UK nowadays). In many people’s opinion paying £30-£40 per hour for a task such as putting a fence up is ridiculously excessive – but as always it’s the ‘what can we get away with’ attitude that seems to be prevalent. Put bluntly mate, the public simply don’t trust the quotes they are getting are good value for money.

  9. kevinMay 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    prices might not reflect the actual amount of labor and skill on a particular job… but they do reflect the costs of running a company, paying sick days buying a bloody expensive van and then having to pay over and over to keep it on the road. buying tools etc. it aint cheap to be a successful fencing company that provides a really good standard of work. people only see the job that they want doing and it annoys me because I know the costs involved in this game

  10. Graham OliverSeptember 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Heck, I’ve been in the property game for 20 years, and these prices look cheap to me, My turnover last year was just short of £80k – but the profit was a mere £22,500..

    So – deduct tax, insurance and you’re left with around £19,500 and let’s not forget thats to cover 52 weeks of the year, with no holiday pay, sick pay or pension contributions from employer.

    My operating costs for the year were just over £15,000.

    Any body who thinks self employed people pocket all the money want to give it a go for a couple of years…..

    And let’s not forget the long hours, (on average 12 hour days) – pricing jobs, invoicing, chasing late payers…

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