How Much Does It Cost To Install A Metal Fence?


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Metal Fence Costs

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Metal fence installation can provide protection for your home and family. There are a number of types of metal fence products, however, as well as height options to consider, which creates a vast price range for fence installation. The style of the fence that you choose and how much length you need will be the biggest cost factor. 

Some materials will cost more to install than others. You will also have to determine how many gates and other accessories you need (posts, caps, etc.) in order to get an accurate estimate of how much this project will cost. The surface where the fence is installed (concrete vs. soil) will also impact the bottom line. 

Metal fence installation: by linear foot, 4-foot tall fence.

Material Unit Cost
Aluminum $8-$12 per linear foot
Steel  $7-$10 per linear foot
Wrought Iron $25-$30 per linear foot

Metal fence installation: 200 linear feet, 4-foot aluminum fence.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Fencing material: aluminum. $8-$12 per linear foot 200 $1,600-$2,400
Gate $150-$700 per unit 1 $150-$700
Fence posts: installed in concrete. $2-$4 per linear foot 200 $400-$800
Material Cost $10.75-$19.50 per linear foot 200 $2,150-$3,900
Labor Cost $20-$25 per linear foot 200 $4,000-$5,000
Total Cost $30.75-$44.50 200 $6,150-$8,900


Other considerations and costs

  • Six-foot fencing will increase the cost by a few dollars per linear foot, depending on the material chosen. The total project cost will typically be 25-30 percent higher with a 6-foot fence as opposed to a 4-foot style. 
  • Iron and chain-link fences are other types of metal fences. Chain-link is usually discussed on its own as it is one of the most popular fencing options today. Iron fencing is rare, except in the decorative wrought iron style. 
  • Removal and disposal of old fencing are not included in these costs. That typically costs about $2-$5 per linear foot. 
  • Save some money on pool fencing. Rather than buying a specialty pool fence or enclosure, you can use standard aluminum or steel fencing to protect your pool and keep everyone safe. 
  • Expect to add 20-40% to your labor costs for obstructions, access issues, and steep grading in areas where fencing will be installed. 
  • Make sure that all water, gas, and electric lines have been tagged prior to digging. Underground utility locating is usually free and will help prevent damage to the lines during fence installation. Fortunately, most fence contractors won’t work without this step being completed. 

DIY considerations

  • While some fencing might be a DIY job, metal fences are generally best left to the pros. These fences require specific tools and installation methods, and may not be suited for the average weekend warrior. 
  • If you are trying to save money, consider removing your own old fencing and getting rid of it before the new installers arrive. You’ll only pay the disposal fees at the landfill, or you might be able to sell or donate the materials if they’re still in decent shape. 


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$12,048
  • Bronx, NY$9,900
  • Brooklyn, NY$8,251
  • Philadelphia, PA$10,294
  • Washington, DC$8,932
  • Atlanta, GA$8,081
  • Miami, FL$7,350
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$7,699
  • Minneapolis, MN$9,032
  • Chicago, IL$10,523
  • Houston, TX$10,854
  • San Antonio, TX$7,286
  • Austin, TX$8,250
  • Denver, CO$6,971
  • Phoenix, AZ$7,354
  • Las Vegas, NV$8,072
  • Los Angeles, CA$9,095
  • San Diego, CA$8,253
  • San Jose, CA$9,969
  • Seattle, WA$7,299

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