How Much Does Aluminum or Steel Fence Installation Cost?

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$2,260 - $5,923

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Published January 10, 2022

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Aluminum or Steel Fence Costs

The national average to install an aluminum or steel fence is about $4,085. Most homeowners pay between $2,260 and $5,923, with high-end expenses reaching up to $8,000. Average material costs fall between $7 to $32 per foot, while labor averages $15 to $40 per foot. Steel or aluminum fence prices depend on fence height, style, strength and difficulty of installation. Sloping yards and obstructions, like trees, pose challenges that could increase labor or material expenses. You'll want to hire a professional fencing contractor to minimize complications.

the cost to install an aluminum or steel fence is $17 to $90 per foot.

There are numerous types of residential fencing available to the consumer. When deciding on a fence material and style, it is important to assess your needs so that the appropriate type can be selected. Metal fences are a popular choice for security and durability, but even with metal fences, there are several choices to be made.Note: Before installing any fence, check local, county and state codes to ensure your structure complies.

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National Average $4,085
Typical Range $2,260 - $5,923
Low End - High End $737 - $10,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,204 HomeAdvisor members.

Aluminum Fence Costs Per Foot

Materials run between $7 and $40 per foot, or $700 and $4,000 per 100 feet. Fencing typically comes preassembled in 4' to 8'-long and 3' to 6'-tall panels.Aluminum is a lightweight, malleable metal that resists rust and is ideal for damp, humid or ocean-side conditions. It's easy to install and doesn't need very much maintenance.

Aluminum Fence Costs by Type
TypeMaterial Prices
Black$60 per panel*
Ornamental$15-$40 per foot
Pool Fence$60 per panel*
Powder-Coated$50-$70 per panel*
Privacy$30-$40 per foot

_*A panel measures 4-feet by 6-feet._What you pay varies based on project difficulty, type and quality of materials, yard size and shape.

Average Black Aluminum Fence Cost

A single 4-foot by 6-foot panel costs $60. Some systems come with panels that lock securely into place without the need for brackets or screws. This makes it easier to install yourself and creates a seamless look for your yard. Suppliers also sell fencing that contours to the slope of your yard and resists rust.

Ornamental Aluminum Fence Cost

Ornamental aluminum fences run between $15 to $40 per linear foot, with high-end rates reaching close to $100 per foot. They're cheaper and not as strong or attractive as ornamental steel or wrought iron, but improved technology adds extra strength and style without sacrificing the benefits of aluminum itself.

Cost of Aluminum Pool Fence

A standard 4-foot by 6-foot residential panel prices at $60. The strong aluminum and titanium alloys and multi-layer color coatings of the aluminum panels ensure weather resistance. It is a sturdy, elegant choice for a pool enclosure. Local ordinances usually require pool fences to be at least 48 inches tall, so these standard-sized panels are the perfect height.

Powder-Coated Aluminum Fence Pricing

Homeowners can buy a 4-foot by 6-foot powder-coated panel for between $50 and $70. Or, have a professional apply this finish to an existing fence for $6 to $8 per foot. Powder-coating is a dry-finishing process that protects nearly any material surface from indoor/outdoor wear, tear, rust or corrosion. It's typically cheaper to coat aluminum than other metal materials, but pricing will depend on the size.

Aluminum Privacy Fence Cost

A 6-foot-tall privacy fence panel can run anywhere between $30 to $40 per linear foot. Where your budget falls within that range depends on:

  • whether the material is 100 percent aluminum or a composite,

  • whether it comes powder-coated,

  • any other custom features.

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Corrugated Metal Fence Costs

The average cost of a basic 8-foot by 4-foot corrugated panel is about $10. Corrugated metal is a lightweight, galvanized sheet metal with a ridged surface perfect for water drainage. It resists rust and mold and has a long lifespan. It comes in a variety of metal materials, including aluminum and Corten steel. Also made of recyclable material, corrugated metal is a sustainable choice.Return to Top

Steel Fence Cost Per Foot

A galvanized fence costs between $3,000 and $3,500 per 100 feet. Basic material prices generally range from $7 to $10 per linear foot. Posts are $30 to $60 a piece, while gates are $300 to $2,500, depending on purpose.It is one of the strongest metal fencing materials. It's an alloy of iron and carbon, although it can be combined with different metals such as tungsten and chromium for other desirable characteristics. Sections are welded rather than held together by movable parts such as screws. This adds to the overall stability of the structure. Steel is more expensive than aluminum, and works best in dry, inland climates. Climbing children or minor accidents easily dent aluminum, but a steel fence can withstand the bump of a lawnmower or even a car.

Steel Fence Costs by Type
TypeMaterial Costs per Section*
Stainless (Galvanized)$30-$200

*A single section measures between 4- to 8-feet-long and 6- to 11-feet tall.

Stainless Steel Fence Prices

A typical fence runs between $30 and $200 per section, depending on the amount and type. There are two main types:

  • 304-Grade is strong, durable and resists rust and corrosion in most conditions. It is still vulnerable in chlorinated or salty outdoor environments.

  • 316-Grade has the highest corrosion resistance. It performs well in harsh outdoor environments and industrial areas and requires little to no maintenance. It typically falls on the higher end of the material price range, but its superior performance is well worth the expense.

Galvanized Steel Fence Pricing

Prices per panel range between $180 to $350. Panels are usually about 6 to 10 feet long and 3 to 8 feet tall. Regular steel that is galvanized is coated with zinc for extra strength and durability. This process gives it the finished look and feel of a wrought iron fence, but for a lower price.

Corten Steel Fence Cost

Expect to pay between $10 and $50 for a Corten panel, depending on section size or fence purpose. Corten (or COR-TEN) is a brand that refers to weathering steel, a mixture of copper, steel, nickel and chromium. It doesn't need painting and looks more worn than regular metal for homeowners who prefer a more rustic appearance.

Steel Palisade Fencing Prices

An 8-foot-tall steel palisade fence section ranges between $10 to $50. Palisades are strong, durable fencing solutions with sharp spikes designed exclusively for security purposes. They can span up to a height of about 10 feet. Homeowners can even add electric fencing to palisades for better intruder resistance. Return to Top

Steel & Aluminum Fence Installation Cost

Average aluminum fence installation rates are around $15 to $40 per linear foot, while labor for galvanized steel fencing runs between $30 and $50 per linear foot.

Steel and Aluminum Fence Costs Per Foot

Contractors typically price per project because factors like material type, yard shape and seasonality, can affect project difficulty. Steel fencing is difficult to install because the materials are so heavy. This is not a do-it-yourself project.

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Wrought Iron vs Aluminum & Steel Fence Costs

TypeMaterials + Labor for 100-foot Fence
Lifespan in Years
Yearly Maintenance Required
Wrought Iron$2,400-$3,400100+twice

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Pros & Cons of Aluminum Fencing


  • Low-density and malleable.

  • Very good at resisting corrosion.

  • Comes in many styles.

  • Ideal for damp, humid or ocean-side conditions.

  • Not affected by sprinklers, lawn chemicals and many other residential factors.

  • Usually comes with a lifetime guarantee.

  • Requires little to no maintenance.

  • Costs significantly less to ship in a final product than other heavier fence materials.

  • Installation is often cheaper because of lightweight pieces.

  • Comes in a variety of styles because of how easy the metal can be shaped.


  • Significantly weaker than steel.

  • Strength of aluminum alloy depends on the company that produces them.

  • Vulnerable to pressure from large dogs or rambunctious children.

  • Not recommended as security fences or barriers against intruders.

  • Can develop a patina due to oxidation over time. May require maintenance to retain look.

Pros & Cons of Steel Fencing


  • Strongest fence possible.

  • Perfect for very dry, inland climates like in the America West, where there's little risk of rust damage.

  • Welded together by movable parts for stability.


  • Rusts when exposed to damp and saltwater environments.

  • Requires maintenance.

  • Shipping of parts considerably more expensive.

  • Higher installation costs because of heavy weight and project difficulty.

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Which is a Better Metal — Aluminum or Steel?

Variations of aluminum or steel can create exceptions to the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional materials.Aluminum alloys may rival the strength of steel, depending on the metals used in the alloy. However, both types are prone to similar problems that require more upkeep. Alloy prices can also fluctuate over time, depending on a variety of factors. Steel variations also affect the upkeep expenses. Galvanized is more resistant to rust and decay but is much more expensive to purchase. Finally, consumers need to be aware that the source of the fencing can have a great impact on its durability. American-made fences often out-perform cheaper fencing from China, where alloys and treatments of the metal may not be as strong. A bargain now may prove to be a disaster later.

How Much Fencing Do I Need for My Property?

How much fencing material you'll need depends on the size and shape of your property, as well as any landscape obstructions that might complicate installation. Add together exterior fence border lengths, then subtract openings for decks or gates. A contractor can give you more accurate estimates.

Should I Have Tubular or Sheet Metal Fencing?

Whether you get tubular or sheet metal fencing depends on the purpose of your structure. Fences meant primarily for decoration, like ornamental, typically have tubes, while privacy and corrugated metal fencing come in metal sheets and are generally more expensive.

How Does Metal Compare to Wood, Barbed Wire, Vinyl or PVC Fence Pricing?

Wood fence cost$1,700-$4,000
Vinyl or PVC fencing prices$3,000-$5,000
Barbed wire fence estimates$475-$1,200

How Much Does It Cost to Repair an Aluminum or Steel Fence?

The cost to repair an aluminum or steel fence ranges between $260 and $730. Types of repairs range from fixing fence posts, to railings, to painting or staining.Return to Top

DIY vs. Hiring a Contractor

The cost of installing a fence yourself is generally less than hiring a pro. However, installation challenges can add to the price of any project. Hiring a local fencing contractor to build your aluminum or steel fence quickly and professionally can save you the possibility of an expensive mistake or significant repair work down the road. A contractor can help you:

  • Get an appropriate permit.

  • Determine exactly what material you need.

  • Survey whether your fence meets residential codes.

  • Discuss whether any warranties exist for materials or labor.

  • Survey your property to consider landscaping challenges to installation. Note: Check with a surveyor or your local HOA to make sure any pending projects won't incur a fee or lawsuit.When purchasing materials for your DIY project, hardware stores sometimes have less of a selection than a contractor. Consulting a professional can give you more design options.While steel is a more traditional choice, the maintenance-free nature of an aluminum fence along with cheap installation costs may be preferable. On the other hand, where durability, strength and security are the key factors, the extra maintenance and installation costs make steel a preferable choice.The choice between these two materials is about a balance of factors that best suit the purpose. For similar prices, steel and aluminum can both provide attractive fencing solutions.

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