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How Much Does It Cost to Install an Aluminum Fence?

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$2,500
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Aluminum fences have become popular in recent years because they are easy to install, lightweight, require little to no maintenance, and are affordable. Unlike other fencing material, an aluminum fence resists rust and mold in humid climates which makes it very popular as a pool perimeter fence choice. The national average cost for installing an aluminum fence is between $3,000 - $5,000, with most people paying around $3,700 for 100 feet of a 4-feet tall aluminum fence with staggered spear top design. At the low end of the spectrum, however, you can opt for a single rail top picket aluminum fence for $2,500, while at the high end you can pay up to $8,000 to have a three rail flat-top aluminum fence with a 36-inch gate.

Cost to Install an Aluminum Fence

Aluminum fence installation cost
National average cost$3,700
Average range$3,000 - $5,000
Minimum cost$2,500
Maximum cost$8,000


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Aluminum Fence Cost by Project Range

Low
$2,500
Single rail top picked aluminum fence
Average Cost
$3,700
Installation of 100 feet of a 4-feet tall aluminum fence with a staggered spear top fence design
High
$8,000
A three rail flat-top aluminum fence with a gate

Aluminum Fence Cost per Panel

Not all types of aluminum fencing is sold by the panel. You can buy powder-coated fencing, black aluminum fencing, and pool fencing by the panel. The cost of the panels range from $50-$75 depending on the material. Below is a chart outlining the cost of different types of aluminum metal fence per panel:

Aluminum fence cost


Aluminum fencing typeCost per panel
Powder-coated fence$50-$70
Black aluminum fence$55-$65
Pool fence$60-$65


Powder-coated Aluminum Fence Pricing

Powder coating on the aluminum fencing provides protection and ensures longevity. With the powder coating, the aluminum can stand up to weather extremes and not experience patina, and or rust. The powder coating further strengthens the fence and makes it hold up better aluminum fence installation labor is usually charged by the foot. The labor prices range from $15-$40 per foot, depending on where you live. The cost averages $13-$45 per ft or $50-$70 per panel.

Black Aluminum Fence Cost

Black aluminum fencing is favored for its beauty and ornamental appearance. It is specifically designed to look like wrought iron without the high price tag. Many people cannot tell the two apart. The coating further protects the fence possible corrosion or color changes. However, the lightweight fending does damage easily. Installation is very straightforward. The average price is $24-$32 per ft or $55-$65 per panel.

Aluminum Pool Fence Panel Cost

Pool fence panels are used as a safety barrier around a pool’s perimeter. They look good and can stand up to the increased moisture in the vicinity. The aluminum does not rust and is available in a variety of sizes. The powder coating allows it to stand up to the changing weather conditions. The average price is $15-$25 per ft or $60-$65 per panel. All pool fence panels must stand 48 inches or taller.

Aluminum Fencing Cost per Foot

Not all types of aluminum fencing are sold by foot. Some are sold in panels with each panel being individually priced. Below is a table outlining the various types of aluminum fencing sold by the foot. The cost of an aluminum fence varies depending on the type and can run from $13 to $75 per ft.

Aluminium fence chart

Aluminium fence chart


Aluminum fencing typeCost per foot
Powder-coated fence$13-$45
Pool fence$15-$25
Ornamental fence$15-$55
Picket fence$15-$75
Privacy fence$24-$32
Black aluminum fence

$24-$32


Ornamental Aluminum Fence Cost

The price of ornamental aluminum fence ranges from $15-$55 per foot. You can choose from a wide array of styles to fit your landscape. Sadly, the fencing is not available in panels which many might consider a drawback. Also, the lightweight nature of the fencing makes it flimsy and less durable than wrought iron. It can easily twist or bind if a tree falls on the fence or some other impact occurs. Installation is often more difficult depending on if the fencing is overly elaborate or straightforward. Many people favor wrought iron fencing but simply don’t have the budget. However, with an ornamental aluminum fence, you can imitate wrought iron nicely.

Aluminum Picket Fence Price

With an aluminum picket fence you can choose from various styles such as spear top, staggered spear top, two rail flat top, three rail flat top, and arches are all forms of picket fence styles. The wide assortment of styles lets you pick exactly what works best for your landscape. The cost of the fencing ranges from $15-$75 per sq. ft depending on the style. The main drawback to aluminum picket fencing is that it is lightweight and prone towards damage such as bending or dings. Installation is similar to other picket fencing types.

Aluminum Privacy Fence Cost

Aluminum privacy fencing is favored as a privacy fence material. Many people choose it over the standard wood privacy fence because the aluminum lasts longer and looks good year after year. Also, aluminum privacy fencing that stands at least 48” tall is very popular as pool privacy fencing. However, the cost of aluminum is higher than other fencing materials. The fencing material is lightweight and prone towards damage such as dents and dings. The average cost runs from $24-$32 per ft. depending on the aluminum fencing style.It is fairly easy to install in rolls or sections.

Aluminum Fence Cost by Style

You can choose from several styles of aluminum fencing. The spear top and staggered spear top are ideal for security. The two-rail and three-rail flat top designs are good for safety because it allows nothing to slip between the slats and accidentally become stuck. The arch design is favored for ornamental purposes. Each one has its pros and cons plus individual cost depending on the style. Below is a table that outlines the cost of the various types of fencing:Aluminum fence chart

Aluminum fence chart


Aluminum fencing styleCost per panel
Single rail $50-$70
Spear top$60-$65
Staggered spear top$60-$70
Two-rail flat top$65-$70
Three-rail flat top$70-$75
Arches$70-$75


Single Rail Aluminum Fence

This style has a single rail that runs across the top area of the pickets. The rail is a safety feature that prevents animals or children from becoming caught in the slats of the fence. The cost of the fence usually averages $13-$45 per foot or $50-$70 per panel.

Spear Top Aluminum Fence

The spear top aluminum fence looks similar to a classic wrought iron fence. The spears are decorative and also make the fence difficult to climb for intruders. The price averages $15-$40 per ft or $60-$65 per panel.

Staggered Spear Top Aluminum Fence

The staggered spear top aluminum fence design creates a very nice looking fence that is also secure. The design prevents intruders from climbing over the fences expanse. The average cost of the fence is $15 - $45 per ft or $60 - $70 per panel.

Two-rail Flat Top Aluminum Fence

This style boasts a rail at the top of the pickets and a rail at the bottom which helps protect animals and other things from getting stuck between the slats when climbing over or under the fenceline. The average cost of the fence is $16-$45 per foot or $65-$70 per panel.

Three-rail Flat Top Aluminum Fence

Three-rail flat top aluminum fences are decorative in appearance and also difficult to climb. The price per foot averages $20-$48 or $70-$75 per panel.

Arches Aluminum Fence

Arches aluminum fencing is a form of ornamental fencing but considered very upscale because of the bends and arches along the fenceline’s topline. It is sold in panels which average $70-$75 per section. Although it resembles classic wrought iron, it lacks durability and will often bend or dent. The panels are fairly easy to install.

Cost to Install an Aluminum Fence

The cost to install an aluminum fence ranges from $13-$55 per linear foot or $50-$75 per panel depending on the type of fencing that you choose, design, and size. Aluminum fence installation labor is usually charged by the foot. The labor prices range from $15-$40 per foot, depending on where you live.

Installing aluminum fencing is much like the process for other materials. The layout is planned, and the property checked for utility lines before digging holes for the posts. The posts are set, usually with concrete, then the panels are assembled and attached between them. The entire process takes roughly 3 to 4 days to install 50 feet of fencing, including the time necessary for the posts to set properly.

Black staggered spear top  installed aroujnd a property


Aluminum Fence Cost Factors

When installing an aluminum fence, many things can have an impact on the cost. You’ll want to factor in all of the things that can increase or decrease the final price before deciding if an aluminum fence is right for your landscape.

Here are just a few things that affect the cost of an aluminum fence:

  • The amount of fencing that you need to fence in the entire area. A large area will require extra fencing compared to a small yard.
  • The shape of the yard because a sloped landscape can increase the price and so can sharp turns or curves because more fence posts are required for proper installation.
  • The thickness of the fence. Thicker aluminum fences are more durable and built heavier. The cost per panel of thicker fences tend to be more than thinner.
  • Installation time of year, colder months cost more because it is hard to install the necessary fence posts.

Aluminum Metal Fence Gate Cost

Standard aluminum gates measure 36 inches in width. However, you can find gates that range from 32 to 34 inches in width. You can also opt to have a driveway gate installed. Another perk that you might want to consider adding are automatic gates. Also, bollards are a nice addition that help define the driveway and protect the fenceline. Below is a brief table outlining the cost of the various gate types installation included:

Aluminum fence gate cost

Aluminum fence gate cost


Gate typeAverage cost
Standard swing gate$100
Standard gate on roller$800
Automatic gate$600-$4,000
Driveway gate with dual bollards$3,000-$6,000


Aluminum vs Steel Fence

A steel fence is stronger than an aluminum fence and resists dings/dents better. It also offers greater stability. However, unlike aluminum, steel can rust and corrode. It also requires regular maintenance such as painting and sanding to remove rust spots. The price of steel averages $15-$45 per linear foot.

Aluminum vs Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron fencing is strong and durable compared to aluminum. It is also available in a wide range of styles and designs. However, unlike aluminum, it does corrode and requires regular painting to prevent rust. It does cost more than aluminum and averages $25-$75 per linear foot.

Aluminum vs Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing is easing to install and lightweight. It withstands weather and requires no real maintenance. Unlike aluminum, it can crack easily and discolor. Vinyl costs about $13-$60 per linear foot.

Cost of Aluminum Fence vs. Wood

Wood fencing averages $10-$60 per linear foot depending on wood type and aluminum fence runs at $13-$75 per linear foot depending on style and type. Wood is affordable, easy to install, and widely available which makes it a favorite fence type. However, it does require more maintenance than aluminum such as painting and staining. Also, it does not last as long as aluminum fencing.

Chain link fencing is easy to install. You simply mount the fence poles, unroll the chainlink and attach it to the poles. However, it provides no privacy which is a serious drawback when compared to aluminum fences. Once installed, the chain link is as durable as an aluminum fence. The average cost of chain link is $10 to $20 per linear foot.

Aluminum fence


Aluminum Fence Pros and Cons

Aluminum fences are very lightweight, making them fast and easy to install. They come in several sizes, colors, and designs, and you can typically create a straight fence top, regardless of the grade of the land where they are located.

They also resist corrosion unlike steel and wrought iron fences, which may rust if not properly maintained. This makes aluminum fencing a lower-maintenance fencing material, particularly long term. The fences are extremely long-lasting, and if you were ever to replace them, aluminum is completely recyclable.

Unfortunately, aluminum tends to dent upon impact, so it may warp over time if hit by stray balls, falling tree limbs, or debris. It may also develop a patina if not powder-coated. This patina is removable but requires some care.

Aluminum Fence Maintenance

Aluminum fences are one of the lowest maintenance fencing materials. They do not corrode or rot, and the powder coat is designed to last for years without requiring retouching. The only real maintenance that the fence may need is removing any vine growth, which can harm the finish, as well as periodically cleaning the fence. Pressure washing is often recommended for heavily soiled fencing, although it is best to test this in an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the fence can handle the high-pressure spray.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Painting

The vast majority of aluminum fences are powder-coated or given a factory finish. However, if you choose to change the color of the fence or paint an unfinished aluminum fence, this will cost around $10 per linear foot on average.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • level 10 of each panel maintained. You’ll also need to correctly space each fence post the correct distance to create symmetrical form and also stability.
  • Shop around when installing an aluminum fence. You might find a sale on fencing. Also, always get at least three estimates to make sure you are paying the correct amount to have an aluminum fence installed. Ideally, do not take the cheapest or the most expensive estimate but find one that is an average price.
  • If your yard has a slope or difficult grade, or if there are obstructions such as rocks or trees, there will be an increase in the costs to install your fence.
  • In most areas, you need to obtain a building permit to install a fence. Check your local ordinances to find out more.
  • If you live in an area that freezes in the winter, you could find that installing during the winter months costs more. This is because frozen ground is more difficult to dig through.
  • Aluminum is not as strong as steel, so it may not be the best option for creating a truly secure perimeter fence.
  • Aluminum does not need to be painted like wrought iron, which makes it a lower-maintenance alternative.

FAQs

  • How hard is it to install an aluminum fence?

It is difficult to install an aluminum fence. You must maintain proper spacing between the fence posts, keep each panel level, and make sure the landscape is flat so the fence line is perfect.

  • How much does a fence cost to install?

The average cost to install a fence ranges from $1,700-$6,800.

  • Is an aluminum fence cheaper than wrought iron?

Yes. A wrought iron fence averages $25-$75 per linear foot and an aluminum fence averages $13-$75 per linear foot so it is cheaper to install an aluminum fence.

  • How long does an aluminum fence last?

An aluminum fence can easily last 20 years or longer.

  • Is aluminum fencing cheaper than wood?

This depends on the style and size of the fence. In some cases, aluminum is cheaper, while in others wood is less expensive.

  • How much does an aluminum fence cost per linear foot?

Aluminum fencing costs between $13 and $75 per linear foot.

Cost to install an aluminum fence varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Cost to install an aluminum fence varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources.