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How Much Does Aluminium Slat Fencing Cost?
Aluminium slat fence costs are determined on-site during an inspection, making the price vary significantly from home to home. However, you will be charged by the metre, so the larger the space, the more expensive it will be.
Slatted Infill Panel installed in a Brick Fence – $460 to $650 per square metre.
Slatted Screen – $630 to $690 per square metre, including its installation fee.
Fencing builders – $65 to $110 per metre
Additional posts and concrete – $70 per post and allow an additional $150-$200 for concrete.
Aluminium Slat Fencing Prices per Project
Aluminium slat fence prices can range from $2,000 to $8,000 or more, depending on the size and the project’s complexity.
Small residential fence – $2000
Larger fences – $2000 – $5500
Premium fences i.e a customised or unique design – $5500 – $8000
The Cost of Aluminium slat gates
Gate costs will depend on how many gates you require and their size. A standard single aluminium gate will generally cost $2900, while double gates cost on average $3700. Prices also take into account installation costs.
Factors that Affect Aluminium Fencing Costs
Like any fence, specific variables can affect the cost of an aluminium slat fence. These include:
Whether you’re planning to install your fence on hilly or uneven terrain will affect the price. If the surface is rough, your fencing contractor may need to level it out before they can install the fence. Alternatively, they will accurately measure and cut posts to the required length to a gradual incline. This will add to the overall cost as it’s more time-consuming.
Additionally, soft or very rocky soil will make it challenging to install the fence posts. Soft soil can cause your fence to sink or lean over time, while rocky soil will make it difficult to dig post holes. Regardless of which type of fencing you go for, terrain will play a factor in driving up the price.
If your fencing contractor is required to remove and dispose of your old fence, this will add to the cost. Fencing removal requires specialised equipment like an electric saw to gradually cut the fence or a hammer to take off the panels individually. You can avoid this cost by removing the fence yourself or hiring a local handyman to do it for you.
As a general rule of thumb, the closer you are to a major city, the more expensive the fencing job will be. This is because city contractors have higher overhead costs, which is then passed onto the customer at higher prices. Larger metropolitan areas such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will usually cost more than smaller regional areas.
Aluminium fencing comes in various colours, but if you have a custom colour in mind, this will increase the price. The same goes for customised shapes or patterns – the more intricate the design, the pricier it will be.
Scope of work
Larger areas will need more fencing and in some cases, more fence installers. If you’re paying hourly instead of a flat fee, the more people working on your fence, the more it will cost. Always book a reputable fencing contractor to get an accurate quote and high-quality craftsmanship.
Fences aren’t only installed in front yards or backyards – sometimes they must be installed on higher ground, like on a balcony. In these cases, your fence builder will need scaffolding or access equipment to safely and securely install your fence.
For any fence, whether it be made of aluminium, wood or steel, foundations need to be set in place. These come in the form of either concrete footing and posts set in the ground. The size and depth of the base or post will be determined by the fence’s height, weight and wind rating.
If your terrain has no solid foundation, such as sand, your contractor must create one before installing the fence.
When purchasing your materials, shop around and compare prices between different suppliers. Prices vary from supplier to supplier, so it pays to do your research. This is even more prevalent for custom-built aluminium fences as the materials may need to be ordered, which can sometimes take weeks.
Why Aluminium Slat Fences are so Popular in Australia
Aluminium is known for its sleek and modern design, complementing traditional and contemporary homes. It’s also low maintenance, durable and long-lasting and can be installed within a brick or rendered wall or used for railings, garden fencing, security fencing or pool fencing. Due to these reasons, aluminium leads the way among fencing materials.
An aluminium slat fence takes things up a notch in terms of aesthetics. They provide privacy while still allowing light and air to flow through and can be installed as a DIY project or by a professional.
Aluminium vs Timber Fencing
While many homeowners opt for timber fencing because it’s cheaper, installing an aluminium slat fence is more cost-effective as it requires fewer repairs. Aluminium, unlike wrought iron or steel fencing, does not rust, making it the perfect choice for pool fencing as it won’t be eroded by saltwater or chlorine. For example, if you live in a coastal area like Adelaide, aluminium is the best choice for your fence.
Type of Aluminium Fencing
Aluminium fencing goes beyond slats; there are many types to choose from, such as:
Privacy aluminium fencing – this type of aluminium fencing comes without any gaps or spaces in between the slats and is generally 4-6 feet tall. This fence provides maximum privacy and is typically used among commercial premises to create a secure perimeter.
Slat aluminium fencing – These come in horizontal or vertical designs, and the slats can be close together or spaced out. As mentioned, slat panels can be installed within a wall and standalone.
Traditional aluminium fencing – You’ve most likely seen this type of fencing around schools or public parks. It’s a classic design that has vertical rails and horizontal bars. You can customise the spacing between the bars to your needs.
Semi-privacy aluminium fencing – Like a slat fence, this type of aluminium fencing has gaps in between the slats. However, the slats are spaced closer than a standard slat fence, combining its privacy and aesthetic appeal.
Should you DIY or Hire a Professional?
Installing an aluminium slat fence yourself is achievable, as long as you correctly measure the area you’re fencing in, install the posts at even depths and use a level when putting up the slats. If you have any doubts, however, it’s always best to hire a professional as a poor DIY job can result in:
- An uneven fence that leans too far
- Incorrectly placed posts which could impact it’s structural integrity
- Accidents caused from mishandling equipment and tools
A professional fencing contractor, meanwhile, will install your fence to a very high standard. This means correctly measuring the area, and levelling posts that ensures the fence is properly secured. And if your contractor performs a shoddy job, most have a work warranty that they’ll return and fix it for free.
Frequently asked questions
How far can Aluminum slats span?
Aluminium slats can span up to 1.8 metres between posts. If you exceed this number, you will need a centre mullion support to stop the fence from bowing or leaning.
What lengths do Aluminium slats come in?
Aluminium slats come in lengths of 1.2 metres, 1.5 metres, 2.1 metres, 2.4 metres and 2.7 metres.
Do I need council approval to install an aluminium fence?
Most fences, whether it’d be a Woodland Grey colorbond fence or one made from aluminium, before being installed, require council approval. This is to ensure the fence meets local regulations regarding height, materials used and purpose. Always check with your local laws before installing aluminium fencing to save unnecessary delays, costs or, at worst, a complete removal.
How do you cut aluminium slats?
Cutting aluminium slats into your preferred shape and size is quickly done with a mitre saw. If you’re not confident using one, leave it to the professionals as they have the experience to perform the task. However, just ensure your saw has a sharp blade, as a dull one will result in a poorer cut.
Is aluminium fencing expensive?
As mentioned, aluminium may demand a higher upfront cost than timber or PVC fencing, but it will last much longer. This means you won’t have to fork out for repairs or replacements as often. Expect to pay a minimum of $95 per square metre for powder coated aluminium panels.
How do I estimate the cost of a fence?
Measure the size of the area you want to fence so your fence builders can give you a reliable estimate. They will then arrange an inspection to provide you with a final quote.
Let Sidepost’s Fencing Contractors Install Your Aluminium Slat Fence
If you’re based in Australia and need a high-quality aluminium slat fence or slatted infill panel, we at Sidepost are the team for you. With fencing contractors who are always ready to go above and beyond, you’ll be sure to get the best fencing services here. We service commercial and domestic customers, using top-of-the-line fence materials for your pool fence, gates, and more.
We provide our fence installation services all across Australia, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Canberra and Gold Coast! Book online now, and one of our friendly staff will be in touch shortly to confirm your appointment.