The costs of a new fence

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Once you decide to build a fence, you’d better take into consideration how much it will cost you.

Before you start, look into fencing regulations for the type of fence you want to install. Pool fences; in particular stipulate that the fence is designed so no small child can easily access the pool without supervision. This means the fence will be fully enclosed, unlike a standard fence.

The first consideration and likely the biggest factor for total cost will be the material you choose. The cheapest option for base material, depending on your access to fencing materials, will almost be treated pine. Treated pine typically costs between $75 and $120 per metre, which may or may not include installation costs. That’s because contractor’s quote makes take a wide variety of factors into consideration, such as the ultimate height of the fence, the type of soil its being installed on, what kind of fence foundation will be needed and if any old fencing or rubbish needs to be removed. They’ll also likely give some kind of discount the longer the fence is.

But a timber fence, while practical, doesn’t have to be boring. A 10-metre long by 1.9-metre high basic cypress fence with exposed posts and capping will cost you about $750, which includes installation. Or for a more rustic feel, spruce things up with a brush panel fence, which will cost you about $2,050, or consider a more horizontal merbeau fence, which are ideal for maximum privacy. Those typically run in the $1,850 range, although remember no matter what fence you need, it will also quite a gate, which adds about $250.

A Colorbond aluminum fencing material can be durable and attractive, but also requires more components and a slightly more involved installation. You’ll be looking at roughly $17.89 per 1.79 metre panel, $12 to $13.50 per post (which will depend on how long you want your fence), $11 to $16,50 per 2.5-metre long fencing rail, and about $40 per 2.35 metre to place at the top. You’ll also need a Colorbond gate, which can cost around $495, while a double car gate will cost around $1,295. Colorbond fencing comes in a wide variety of shapes and colours, so it’s hard to pinpoint an exact cost. But because Colorbond panels come in sections, it’s arguably the easiest to self-install, which mean will also be the cheapest job overall.

This brings us to the premium materials, such as glass and steel fencing. For material and installation of a tubular steel run between $180 and $350 for tubular steel, while tougher and in some cases fancier wrought iron will cost $450 to $600. A frameless glass fence, a good option for a pool, will cost between $800 and $1,000. All of these prices are per metre and include installation.

A brick or concrete fence is the most secure type of fence, and doesn’t cost much more than most steel running between $550 and $800 per metre. A rendered brick and steel fence will create a more upscale look for between $750 to $1,000 per metre. A sandstone and timber fence also makes an attractive option, for between $800 and $1,200.

Regardless of what material you choose, fences come in five standard heights: 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, and 2.1 metres. The material, length and height will play the greatest role in determining the cost. But also consider your terrain – clay soil, adjacent rocks or a slope will all add installation costs.

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