Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
How much does fencing cost per metre? It depends on a number of factors, such as the material the fence is made as well as the size of your project.
This article won't tell you how much your fence is going to cost, but will give you a general idea and help you get more accurate fencing quotes.
Aluminium and timber fence. © Kawana Lattice
There is a huge range of fencing materials available to choose from, including:
Timber fencing is an affordable material for fencing, though it does need to be treated and maintained to last.
A treated timber slat fence. © design it landscapes
Brick fencing is extremely durable and a little more expensive than timber, and can be combined with another material such as timber or steel. Colour options are almost limitless when painted or rendered.
A rendered brick and steel fence. © Warren Barnes Bricklaying
PVC fencing can be manufactured to mimic other types of materials. © PVC Ultimate Fencing
Colorbond fencing with brick posts. © The Fence Barn
Pool fencing is not only an essential safety element, it is an integral part of the landscaping of your pool area and backyard. There are options to suit every budget from stunning frameless glass to aluminium, tubular steel and more.
Frameless glass pool fencing. © Premium Colour Gates
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It depends where you live - some states have a specific licence class for fencing or it may be covered by another licence.
In NSW for example, carpenters are able to erect timber, metal and prefabricated glass fencing. Similarly glaziers can install glass and acrylic fencing, such as pool fencing. In other states a builders licence may be required. If in doubt check with your local council or licensing authority.
There are also state specific regulations which you - as homeowner - must comply with, regarding the specifications of your pool fence. This includes registering your pool before it can be used.
#hiptip: Your fencing contractor may need to be licensed - check with your local council or licensing authority
Decorative wrought iron and brick fencing. © Shieldguard Security Doors Gates
#hiptip: There are strict safety guidelines governing pool fencing in Australia - make sure yours is installed correctly
When it comes time to hiring a fence builder, take time to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:
Fencing on difficult ground or sloping land is generally more expensive. © Scenic Scapes Landscaping
#hiptip: Make sure the fencing materials your contractor installs meet Australian building and safety standards
When fencing contractors quote on a job they take a number of factors into consideration, specifically:
If the soil is very soft or rocky, they may charge more for installation because of the extra work involved. A straight fence usually costs less than a fence installed on a sloping or undulating block. Fence contractors often offer a discounted rate for larger fences because they save on travel and setup time. Also note that fence heights above 2.4m may require scaffolding that will incur an additional charge.
#hiptip: Fence heights above 2.4m may require an additional scaffolding charge
When you get quotes from fencing contractors, their quotes should include labour and materials. To be on the safe side, ask for an itemised quote.
Wrought iron fencing comes in a variety of styles. © Shieldguard Security Doors Gates
Fencing is typically charged on a per metre basis and could range from $60 to $1200 per metre. This figure will typically include labour for installation and the cost of materials. A pine timber fence will be at the budget end of the scale, while Colorbond, stone and glass fencing will be at the premium end of the scale, with brick somewhere in between.
Keeping this in mind, here are some average costs for some common fencing materials, including labour/installation:
When comparing quotes, don't just compare prices. Compare the workmanship of the fencing contractors you get quotes from. A good fencing contractor will have a long history in your community and be able to show you examples of their previous work. If a fence they installed five years ago still looks great today, you can be confident yours will, too.
* All the costs and prices quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are indicative, may vary locally, are subject to market forces and should only be used as a guide.