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How Much Does Wrought Iron Fence Installation Cost?

Typical Range: $1,263 - $4,137

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Iron Fence & Gate Costs

On average, most homeowners pay just above $2,650 and between $1,263 and $4,137 for wrought iron fencing according to data collected by HomeAdvisor members. The price is between $2,666 and $5,200 for fence 140 feet to 200 feet long. That includes $24 to $34 per linear foot of materials, and another $600 to $1,300 for installation. Decorative additions can raise the total to more than $10,000. Add a matching gate for $300 to $9,000, including installation.

The range to install a wrought or "black" iron fence can vary widely based upon the local price of materials, tools and labor. Installation rates rise for complex configurations such as multiple levels and corners. That's why it is essential for the consumer to obtain thorough bids from several qualified contractors. More expensive wrought iron installations include attributes such as highly intricate barrier insert patterns.

Although this material can be expensive, it is more durable than other options like aluminum. It is not useful for privacy fences but is ideal for custom creations and historic restorations. Because of its custom nature, hiring a fencing pro is crucial for both material purchasing and installation.

On This Page:

  1. Wrought Iron Prices Per Foot
  2. Iron Gate Prices
  3. Wrought vs Cast Iron Costs
  4. Wrought Iron Fence Installation Cost Estimator
  5. Cost of Iron vs Aluminum, Steel and other Metal Fences
  6. Pros & Cons of Iron Fences
  7. DIY vs Hiring a Contractor
  8. FAQs

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Wrought Iron Prices Per Foot

Per linear foot, expect to pay between $24 and $34 for materials only. Where you land depends on the type you choose.

Prices by Fencing Type
TypeCost Range
Plain Black Iron$24-$30
Galvanized$28-$32
Ornamental$27-$34

Plain Black Iron

At $24 to $30 per linear foot, this option is the least expensive. Plain materials tend to put function above style. They usually come in black, but you can get gold, bronze, white, green, or maroon options for an extra cost.

Galvanized

For $28 to $32 per linear foot , you can buy pre-galvanized posts and panels. Each will have a protective layer of zinc. That layer increases durability, decreasing rust and saving you maintenance costs down the road. Without galvanization, the material will likely begin to rust after three years or less and will need more regular maintenance.

Ornamental

Ornamental options typically cost between $27 and $34 per linear foot. They include additions like post toppers, curves in the iron, and more. You pay extra for style, but don't sacrifice the function of the fence. Galvanized ornamental metal falls at the high end of that range. Hiring a metal fabricator can help you get the custom solution you need.

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Wrought Iron Gate Prices

Most gates are pre-built and range between $200 and $7,000. When you add installation, the total rate is between $300 and $9,000. Where you fall depends on the use for the gate.

A single-person gate for your backyard will be easy to install, and costs only $300. The price of a security gate large enough to fit your RV can range as high as $9,000. Whether you want to open it automatically or manually will also affect your project budget.

Wrought vs. Cast Iron Costs

Expect to pay between $1,500 and $4,000 including installation for cast iron, compared to the $2,500 to $5,200 range for wrought iron. Even though they sound similar, they are not actually the same. Understanding the differences can help you better determine costs and the best option for you.

As its name suggests, cast iron is melted, poured into a mold, and cooled down. Black iron is worked by hand with tools. In fact, 'wrought' derives from 'worked'.

Because production is easier, the former tends to cost less. For that lower price, you get less stability. Posts tend to be hollow, and will not hold up as long.

Cast metal is also less decorative. Because its standardized formation, decorations are not custom.

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Wrought Iron Fence Installation Cost Estimator

Fencing labor ranges between $600 and $1,300. Contractors typically charge per project, instead of estimating the exact price per linear foot. That's because the rate varies based on terrain as well as potential additions.

Wrought Iron Fence Installation Cost Calculator
List ItemPrice Range
Materials$24-$34 per linear foot
Labor$600-$1,300 total
Gate$300-$3,000 total
Installation Hardware$40-$150 total
Decorative Panels$20-$180 per panel
Post Toppers$5-$30 per post
Total$2,440-$10,100

In addition, several other factors can influence your fence installation budget.

Permitting & Land Surveys

Hiring a land surveyor costs between $330 and $670. It's an important first step for a new fence. Without it, you won't know the exact edge of your property. The surveyor defines the boundaries of your land for you.

After the survey, you need a permit that costs between $20 and $100. Most municipalities and counties require a permit, but it makes sense to check first. Your contractor can help you file for it with your local authorities.

Yard Size

Naturally, your yard size will have a major impact on the price. The total length of your property edges is a good estimate for the linear feet of fencing you need. A 30x50-foot rectangular property, for instance, will require 160 linear feet (30 + 50 + 30 + 50) to enclose it.

Landscaping Conditions

Metal fencing works best on flat surfaces. Sloped land, or areas that are difficult to access, will increase prices. If your yard includes multiple slopes, expect to land closer to the $1,300 top end of labor costs for installation.

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Brick and Iron Fences

Building a brick wall costs between $2,000 and $7,000. Many homeowners use it as an alternative fencing solution, but you can also combine it with black iron. The result adds sophistication and security to your property.

Combining both into one barrier will require either a single professional, or close collaboration between bricklayer and fencing contractor. The metal must be secure on top of the wall. Budget between $4,000 and $11,000 if you opt for the combination.

Pool Fences

Adding a fence around your pool costs between $2,000 and $4,000. An enclosure around your pool needs less linear feet but must be waterproof. That means using galvanized metal that resists rust.

Installing a Driveway Gate Costs

Enclosing your front yard might mean gating your driveway, with options ranging between $1,400 and $9,000. The lower end includes pre-built models at standard sizes between 10 and 16 feet. Larger openings may need custom alternatives. Add between $500 and $4,000 to your budget for additions like automatic openers, intercom systems, and more.

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Iron Fence Costs vs. Aluminum, Steel and Other Metals

If you're not sure about the best metal for your fence, use this chart to compare them:

Fencing Materials Considerations
MaterialCostAverage LifetimeMaintenance
Wrought Iron$2,500-$5,200100+ yearstwice/year
Cast Iron$1,500-$4,00050+ yearstwice/year
Aluminum$2,000-$3,50050+ yearsonce/year
Tubular Steel$2,000-$4,00030+ yearstwice/year
Solid Steel$3,000-$5,00075+ yearstwice/year

Learn more about the costs of aluminum and steel fences.

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Pros & Cons of Iron Fences

Is this type of fencing the right choice for you? These advantages and disadvantages should help to answer that question.

Pros

  • Requires significantly less maintenance than most other fencing options.
  • Extremely weatherproof and stands up well, regardless of the season.
  • Only needs to be checked twice each year for sections that may require some slight refinishing.
  • No requirement for frequent repainting.
  • No issues such as insect damage, warping and rotting.
  • Extremely durable; one of the most effective security fencing systems on the market.
  • Practically impossible to tear down.
  • Adds security: the posts can feature sharp cap posts that make it extremely difficult to scale.
  • Smooth and thin, making it naturally a difficult material for climbing.
  • Visually appealing and complements masonry or brick pillars well.
  • Striking background against greenery, making it a popular choice around gardens and pools.
  • Extremely decorative, presenting an artistic element that cannot rival other materials.

Since there are practically endless possibilities, this type of fencing serves as an art piece on the property while doubling as a secure border.

Cons

  • More expensive than other fencing options, for both materials and installation.
  • Requires periodic maintenance such as painting and sanding.
  • When painted, the metal is susceptible to oxidation and rust.

Wrought iron fencing does not have much to offer regarding traditional privacy fencing. However, it’s installed at a distance from the house, so this may not necessarily be a negative issue for some homeowners.

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DIY vs. Hiring a Fencing Contractor

Wrought iron fences are custom by nature. The installation is complex and requires a local specialized fencing contractor. When hiring a professional, try to:

  • Look for contractors who can help you get a permit.
  • Inquire about their specific experience with this type of fencing.
  • Discuss exactly what they want for their installation.
  • Invite them to your property for a better idea of what you need.
  • Ask about any warranties for materials or labor.

A good first conversation will help the contractor comprehend the designs for the fence installation. It will also determine whether the barrier needs galvanization. That prevents it from rusting, although some homeowners feel that rust adds to the charm of wrought iron fences.

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FAQs

What are the Cheapest Type of Wrought Iron and the Most Expensive?

The cheapest type comes without any type of decorations, and costs between $24 and $27 per linear foot. Top-quality wrought iron fencing uses the same base material but is better welded for greater durability. Either option is expensive compared to alternatives like vinyl fencing or chain link barriers.

What is the Per Pound Price of Iron?

Most estimates put the price of scrap iron at $0.03 to $0.06 per pound , but there is no standardized pricing. These scraps are the basis of new formation of materials. Your local scrapyard can help you find current pricing in your area.

Do I Need to Galvanize My Fence to Protect it From Rain?

For long-term protection, galvanization is crucial. It adds a protective coating that protects the metal from rusting. The process involves dipping it into molten zinc. That's why it needs done before installation.

How Do I Know How Much Iron Fencing Material I Need?

If you want to know how much material you will need, consider the size of your property first. Add together the length of the exterior borders on which you plan to install the barrier. Subtract any openings, such as your deck or a future gate. Working with a contractor can help you get a more accurate number after your initial estimate.

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What Does an Average Wrought Iron Fence Cost vs. Wood?

Wood fencing is cheaper than metal, ranging between $1,700 and $3,900 in most cases. However, you will need to perform more regular maintenance. The type of wood influences your budget—so does its height, and whether you want to add privacy options.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair an Iron Fence?

The rate to repair your fence is between $250 and $750. Rust is the most frequent problem and requires both sanding and repainting. Broken barriers might need re-welded, which costs more. If your barrier begins to lean, make sure the ground is sturdy enough to hold it.

How Much Does Wrought Iron Fence Painting Cost?

The price of painting your fence is between $6 and $10 per linear foot. That's $800 to $2,000 for an average-sized yard. It might require rust removal and multiple coats. The right paint makes it more attractive and increases its durability.

How Much Does Wrought Iron Railing Cost?

Railings cost between $500 and $3,000. You can find pre-formed metal options or custom alternatives. Fencing restricts access, while railings provide security. As a result, a railing needs to be sure to support anyone holding on to it. It also needs to fit well to a stairwell or deck.

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