How to Calculate Fencing Cost

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How to Calculate Fencing Cost
Fencing usually comes in sections. (The Fence image by bonjo from

Modern fencing is almost always sold in sections, so it's important that you know how to calculate the number of fence sections you'll need to enclose the desired area. All you need is a tape measure and a little patience. Once you have the measurements, it's a simple task to calculate not only the number of sections, but the overall cost of the fence since it's also priced by the section.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Research the cost and length of one section of the type of fence you plan to install from your fencing manufacturer. For example, a section of 4-foot tall wrought iron fence might cost £65 and be 8 feet long.

  2. 2

    Measure the perimeter of the area you plan to fence in. For example, you might have a rectangular property that's 60 feet wide by 100 feet long, so your perimeter is 320 feet.

  3. 3

    Divide the perimeter by the length of the fence section. In the example, 320 feet / 8 feet is 40 sections of fence.

  4. 4

    Multiply the number of fence sections needed by the cost per section. In this example, 40 sections times £65 is £2,600 for the whole fence.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to fence in an entire property, you can find the needed dimensions by looking up the survey records for the property, which have information about how large the property is.

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