All you need to know about hiring a tradesman to supply and fit fence panels including materials, labour and time frames.
This article examines a typical landscape gardening project, erecting fence panels. We have researched the typical costs charged by fencing companies and landscape gardeners big and small throughout the UK, using 8 fence panels with new posts into a rear garden with good access as our base assumptions. Typically, this job would include 6ft high fence panels, concrete posts & gravel boards. VAT is not included in any of the prices and no fancy panels or digging out large amounts of concrete are included. Once the new fence panels are installed they will need treating with a decent quality wood stain/protector. But this is typically not included in quotes from landscape gardeners as you should allow the new panels to dry out for a few weeks before applying the stain/seal/preservative. This cost is not usually included in the price for new fence panel installation.
You can choose from many different fence panel types and designs, the most popular ones include lap fence panels, close board, concave, convex, weaved and trellis. Lap fence panels start from around £15 each, close board from £32, concave £40, convex £45, weaved £58 and trellis panels from £15. These figures ae just rough guides and the actual prices will vary greatly with the quality of the panels and the type of wood used.
Putting up fence panels is a pretty straightforward job that is well within the scope of a competent DIY enthusiast. but it does need two people and is physically demanding work with digging and plenty of sledgehammer work. But before you begin erecting a fence, it is important to be sure of your property boundaries by checking the property deeds or consulting an expert. If you get this wrong your neighbour could force you to remove the fence. You can build a fence up to 2m without seeking planning permission, but always check with the local planning office if you are unsure. Before you get that sledgehammer out - remember to check for any underground cables or pipes with a detector! Always use pressure-treated wood for garden fences, it comes already pre-treated with wood preservative to prevent rot which saves you time when building a fence.
The average cost to hire a tradesmen to supply and install fence panels is typically around £700 for 10 fence panels at 1.8m x 1.8m in size. The average price varies depending on the type of fence panel you choose, whether or not you opt for wood or concrete posts, whether you choose to have gravel boards, and your location.
A tradesmen will often charge around £150 a day with the overall time to complete the job being around 1-2 days depending on how many panels you want fitting. Tradesmen may decide to work in pairs to complete the job more quickly, if a large number of fence panels are to be fitted.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesmen to install 1.8m x 1.8m fence panels with concrete posts and gravel boards:
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Individual costs for hiring a tradesmen to supply and fit 10 closeboard fence panels - Total Cost: £1000