Metal Fence Installation Cost

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Materials
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to install a metal fence?

A metal fence can be a great way to protect your home and your family members as well as to improve its look. It can also act as a security deterrent from burglars, prevent pests or animals from entering a garden, offer a safe area for children, and clearly define the borders of a property. For this example, we’ll consider the cost of installing a standard 4’ tall fence depending the material used: aluminium, steel or wrought iron. This project averages $2500.

Materials

MaterialProsConsPrice
Aluminium

Resists corrosion

Variety of styles

Ideal for humid, damps or ocean-side conditions

Not affected by lawn chemicals or sprinklers

No maintenance required

Easy to install

Lightweighted

Not recommended if dogs or children apply pressure frequently to the fence

Can be bent and broken with applied force

Can developed a patina

$8-$12 per linear foot
Steel

Stronger than aluminium

Ideal in dry in-land climates

Stability

Better resistance to applied force

It can rust, especially in damp climates

Maintenance required

Limited designs

Sanding and repainting required

$7-$10 per linear foot
Wrought iron

Durability

Innumerable designs

Best fence for privacy

Stronger than aluminium and steel

Easy to maintain

Expensive

It can corrode

Paint prevents iron from rust, but the fence has to be painted each two years
$20-$30 per linear foot


  • The total cost for a standard 4’ tall aluminium fence that is 50 feet in length is around $400-$600. The total cost for a standard steel fence with the same measures is $350-$500 approximately whereas the total cost for a wrought iron fence is $1250-$1500.
  • A standard gate averages $150-$250.

Labor

On average, fence installers charge $40-$60 per hour and can install a 50’ fence in three to four days (24-32 labor hours), for a total labor cost of $960-$1920. As wrought iron is heavier than the other two materials, the installation would take longer and therefore the price will be 10% higher.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • A self-closing gate will add an additional $325 to your costs, on average.
  • Fences that are taller or that have more intricate designs can be up to 40% more expensive.
  • Painting a fence costs $1.50-$2.50 per linear foot.
  • Installing fence posts 1 in concrete can cost an extra $2-$4 per linear foot.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Consider the function and location of your fence. For example, fences for security purposes may need to be taller to be effective, while decorative fences or those to divide space can be smaller and more detailed. This will add an extra 25%-35% to material and labor costs compared to a 4’ privacy.
  • It’s essential that water, electric and gas lines are located on a property before any digging is performed. Many jurisdictions offer a free underground utility locate service and will send a locator to mark the approximate location of the different utility lines on the property.
  • In most cases, installing a new fence will require permits and approval. Check with your contractor to get specific information for your area.
  • Removing existing fencing and hauling it away can cost between $2-$5 per linear foot. For an existing 209-foot fence, the cost would be $418-$1045 for removal and disposal.
  • Steel and aluminium fences can be used for swimming pools.
  • Iron fences average $30 installed per linear foot. Chain link fences average $15-$20 per linear foot.
  • Difficult fence installations with steep slopes 2, obstructions or other access problems can add 20%-40% to normal labor costs.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Fence posts: A sturdy pole set securely in the ground, that is used to support a fence. Fence posts are placed at regular intervals, and the other parts of the fence are attached to them
2 Steep slopes: Pitch of a roof having a vertical rise of 3 inches or more for every 12 inches of horizontal run

Cost to install a metal fence varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Beloit, WI
-6%
Bethlehem, PA
+12%
Bloomfield, CT
+23%
Blythewood, SC
-12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Bolivar, TN
-45%
Brandon, FL
-5%
Carthage, NC
-30%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Cheyenne, WY
-17%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clackamas, OR
-4%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Clovis, CA
-6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Corona, CA
+19%
Covington, GA
-12%
Dacula, GA
+1%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Geary, OK
-51%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Hayward, CA
+31%
Herndon, VA
+16%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jonesboro, AR
-15%
Kalona, IA
-21%
Katy, TX
+63%
Kent, WA
+9%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
La Fayette, GA
-37%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Layton, UT
-18%
Leominster, MA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lubbock, TX
-22%
Magnolia, TX
+14%
Massillon, OH
-11%
Mcdonough, GA
-11%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%

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