How to Estimate the Cost of a Fence

When estimating the cost of a fence, you must first determine the length of the fence, choose the type of fencing best for your needs, then factor in the cost of the materials and labour. This guide will walk you step-by-step through all the options.

Determine the Length of the Fence

Before you measure your yard for a fence, you must first confirm your property lines, the location of your utilities and other potential obstructions, and decide where your fence should begin and end. 

Mark out the corners where you will want your fence to end, then carefully measure the distance between them. Remember to keep track of the distance of all sides of your future fencing. 

Common Fence Types

There are many styles of fence that you can choose to aesthetically go with your home design. While there are pros and cons to each option, you are likely to find the right material to meet your needs.


Aluminium fencing is one of the most affordable fencing options. As it doesn’t rust or discolour, it is a very low-maintenance choice. It is environmentally friendly due to much of it being manufactured from recycled aluminium and can be recycled fully in the future. These fences are decorative and add a timeless appearance to your home that can last for decades. 

While aluminium fencing can lack privacy, this is easily overcome by planing beautiful shrubs or climbing foliage, which would add an additional layer of appeal to your home. 

Aluminium Fencing


Wood fencing is another affordable choice. With many styles and design options, you can go for an elaborate or natural look. You can choose to stain or paint it and change its appearance over time. Homeowners typically need to maintain their wood fencing annually. It could rot or warp from moisture, or be infested with termites. Posts can also whether quickly and fall over in a strong wind.

Wrought Iron

A wrought iron fence is very durable and versatile. They are very secure, pest-proof, and can offer a timeless look to any home. Unlike aluminium fencing, you will need to maintain it regularly as it is susceptible to weather wear. Due to its labour-intensive installation, it is generally more expensive than other types of fencing.


Brick fencing is low maintenance, fire-resistant, it can be arranged in several aesthetically pleasing designs. Due to the labour costs, brick fencing is more expensive than other kinds. If you choose brick fencing, select a high-quality brick to reduce the amount of deterioration over time. While the initial cost may be more, it is cheaper than paying for labour again in the future.

Chain Link

A chain-link fence is one of the more affordable kinds of fencing. They are durable and are very easy to assemble. The galvanized steel used to create chain-link fences generally will rust or deteriorate in 10 to 15 years. Though there isn’t any natural privacy to chain-link fences, you can purchase privacy slats to insert either vertically or diagonally to create a privacy barrier.


Glass is a very common and popular option for pool or balcony fencing. As it doesn’t block your views, it seems to enlarge your space. Despite being glass, these fences are generally very durable. Though you can clean it yourself, you must wash both sides to keep a good appearance. They can also scratch very easily. In the event that it does become damaged, it can be expensive to repair as it is generally sold in panels.

Determine the Cost of Fence Per Metre

After you have measured your fence-line and have chosen your fencing type, you need to determine the cost of materials. Not only will you count the cost of that specific material by metre, you will also need to account for the tools and additional materials (such as screws or concrete) needed to complete the job.

Determine the Cost of Labour

You also need to determine the cost of labour. When you get quotes, be sure to check for qualifications and insurance. It is better to pay a little more for quality, then you have to re-pay for repairs in the future. You should also ask for an estimate on how long it will take to install the fence.

Network steel has been serving the Brisbane community since 1992. Our focus is on quality materials and giving outstanding service to our clients. For help on your next fencing project, contact us today.