The cost of the chain link fencing varies by the height, the gauge of the chain-link mesh, and the material used. The most popular materials are stainless steel, aluminum, and vinyl-coated steel. 

A chain link fence will cost you $12 to $33 per linear foot or an average cost of $23 per linear ft. Most homeowners pay between $1,240 to $5,190 (including professional labor costs), while the average overall cost is $3,210. 

 Below we look at all of the cost factors such as fence height and materials.

chain link fencing cost per ft infographic

The table below summarizes the average cost to install chain link fences.

National average cost$3,210
Low-end price$1,240
High-end price$5,190

Chain link fence cost per foot

Compared to other fencing types, chain link fence installation is more affordable. A chain link fence will work well for your front and back yard.

Expect to pay between $12 to $33 per linear foot for a chain-link fence installed. This includes fencing material, posts, hardware, and top rails. 

chain link fence price guide

Cost of the chain link fence by finish

Chain link fencing comes in several finishes. The table below refers to a 4 ft. with 9 gauge wire and 2 inches of diamonds.   

Finish typeMaterials per linear footInstalled per linear foot
Stainless Steel$9 - $21$19 - $41
Galvanized$3.15 - $8.50$13.15 – $28.50
Aluminum$9 - $20$19 - $40
Vinyl coated$8.75 - $20.50$18.75 - $40.50
Aluminum coated$5.75 - $12$15.75 - $32

#1 Stainless steel chain link fence cost

Even galvanized chain link fences are, without doubt, the most popular on the market, stainless steel chain link fencing is more durable due to its alkali, temperature, and weather resistance.

For this type expect to pay near $9 to $21 per linear foot for the material only while the cost of an installed chain link fence ranges from $19 to $41 per linear foot.  

#2 Galvanized chain link fence cost

Galvanized chain link fencing will cost you around $3.15 to $8.5 per linear foot for material, and from $13.15 to $28.50 for chain link fence installed.

The positive side of the galvanization process is that allows the fencing to last longer. The biggest drawback of this type of fencing is that scratches can cause rust and break down eventually. 

#3 Aluminum chain link fence cost

With an aluminum chain link fence, you will have to pay from $9 to $20 per linear foot for material and between $19 to $40 per linear foot installed. 

Aluminum is a light and corrosion-resistant material that gives you a more pleasing look compared to galvanized steel. Also, aluminum requires very little maintenance and with its long life, makes up for the initial cost. 

#4 Vinyl coated chain link fence cost

A vinyl chain link fence will make your household budget easier from around $8.75 to $20.50 per linear foot for the material only and between $18.75 to 40.50 per linear foot installed.

The vinyl coating protects the fence from rusting and makes it last longer. Also, with vinyl coating, you have an option to choose the color for your fencing.

Unfortunately, this type of fencing has drawbacks too. The price is one of them and the most notorious is that the vinyl coating will eventually break down or tear off.      

#5 Aluminum coated chain link fence cost

Aluminum coated chain link fence, aka aluminized chain link fence, should cost you nearly $5.75 to $12 per linear foot for material. The fence installed will cost you from $15.75 to $32 per linear foot. 

Aluminum coating over the stainless steel will give extra strength and protection to the fence, and a smooth and bright finish with a corrosion-resistant barrier.    

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Chain link fence cost by height

Chain link fence installation cost varies by height so be sure what height will be the best option for your property. It is very important to mention that many municipalities have a code that dictates the acceptable heights of fences and different requirements for front yard or back yard. So check your local building codes before.

The prices presented in the table below refer to 9 gauge galvanized stainless steel with 2 in. diamond.

HeightMaterials per linear footInstalled per linear foot
3 ft.$2.25 to $3$12.25 to $23
4 ft.$3.15 to $3.50$13.15 to $23.50
5 ft.$3.80 to $4.10$13.80 to $24.10
6 ft.$5.25 to $5.40$15.25 to $25.40
8 ft.$6.25 to $6.55$16.25 to $26.55
10 ft.$7.85 to $8.25$17.85 to $28.25
12 ft.$9.50 to $10$19.50 to $30

Chain link fence cost by length

Besides height, the installation cost of chain link fences also differs by the length of the fence. The table below gives you prices for different fence lengths.

LengthCost range for material onlyCost range (installed)
100 ft. (small front yard)$300 - $700$1,300 - $2,700
200 ft. (small backyard)$600 - $1,400$2,600 - $5,400
300 ft. (medium backyard)$900 - $2,100$3,900 - $8,100
400 ft. (large back yard)$1,200 - $2,800$5,200 - $10,800

Chain link fencing cost per acre

An acre constitutes 43,560 square feet of land and 836 linear feet to fence in it. The table below represents the average costs for a chain link fence around sizes ranging from ¼ acre to 3 acres.

SizeCost range (materials only)Cost range (installed)
¼ Acre$627 - $1,463$2,717 - $5,643
½ Acre$1,254 - $2,926$5,434 - $11,286
1 Acre$2,508 - $5,852$10,868 - $22,572
2 Acre$5,016 - $11,704$21,736 - $45,144
3 Acre$7,524 - $17,556$32,604 - $67,716

Cost of the chain link fence per gauge

The term gauge refers to the thickness of the wire used in a chain link fence construction, the lower the gauge is, the thicker the wire will be. 

The prices presented in the table below refer to a 6 ft. high with 2 in. diamond galvanized stainless steel fence.  

GaugeCost range per foot (materials only)Cost range per foot (installed)
6 Gauge (0.192")$6.50 - $15.75$16.50 - $35.75
9 Gauge (0.148")$2.75 - $10.50$12.75 - $30.50
10 Gauge (0.130")$2.20 - $9.50$12.20 - $29.50
11 Gauge (0.120")$1.60 - $6.75$11.50 - $26.75
11 ½ Gauge (0.113")$1.50 - $6.50$11.50 - $26.50

As you can see from the table, prices increase with the thickness. Maybe it will cost you more, but thicker and stronger chain link wire means a stronger fence.

Cost of the chain link fence by diamond size

Among other things you can choose from when you make a chain link fence, you can also select the size of the diamond. For safety purposes, most property owners choose fences with smaller diamonds. Fences with smaller diamonds are more robust and more secure. 

The prices shown in the following table refer to a 4 ft. high, 9 gauge galvanized stainless steel fence.  

Diamond sizeCost range per foot (materials only)Cost range per foot (installed)
1” x 1”$6.75 - $12$16.75 - $32
2” x 2”$3 - $7.50$13 - $27.50
3 ½” x 5”$2.75 - $4$12.75 - $24

Labor cost to install a chain link fence

The average labor costs for chain link fencing installation range from $10 to $20 per linear foot and when you add material costs to this you will have to pay between $12 and $40 per foot installed.

The average cost of the labor will vary depending on the material used, the height of the fence, and the area where the fence should be installed. For example, if you live in a rocky area where it is difficult to work, labor costs will increase.     

Chain link fence installation on concrete surface

If you had to deal with the concrete surface you have two options for how to set up the fence.

The first option is to cut the hole in the concrete and sink the fence post into the hole. The second option is to weld mounting brackets to the bottom of the post, sink anchors into the cement pad, and finally screw the brackets into the anchors. 

Whichever setup method you choose, the final price increase will range between $2 to $5 per linear foot, for a total cost range of $14 to $45 per linear foot for most fences.

Chain link fence gate cost

Gates are a crucial part of the chain link fence. Chain link fence gates differ by type and size, and these two characteristics have a significant impact on the final price of the gate.

Chain link fence gate cost by type

A few different types of chain link gates are available on the market. The size of the space where the fence will be installed is usually the main factor that determined which type of fence gate will be installed.

Three are the most common and popular types:

  • Swing chain link fence gate;
  • Double swing chain link fence gate;
  • Rolling chain link fence gate.

There are also variations within all types of gates. Those variations refer to materials and design. The table below presents the prices of the different types of fence gates: 

Type of gateCost range (materials only)Cost range (installed)
Swing$60 - $200$90 - $250
Double swing$120 - $400$180 - $500
Rolling$125 - $4,000$200 - $4,400

Swing gate cost

For a basic chain link swing gate you will have to pay around $20 to $40 per linear foot or from $60 to $200 each. The installation cost for this gate averages from $90 to $250. The gate is installed on a terminal post and swings open to let a person through. Galvanized steel residential swing gates range in height from 3 ft. to 6 ft. A simple swing gate is installed in openings that range in size from 3 ft. to 6 ft.  

Double swing gate cost

The average cost for galvanized steel double swing gate ranges from $120 to $400 for materials only, while installed will cost you from $180 to $500. This type is a two-gate construction that meets in the middle to close. Terminal posts are used so the stationary parts could be attached. Double swing gates are typically installed in openings that measure between 6 ft. and 12 ft.  

Rolling gate cost

Depending on the size and material, rolling chain link fence gates prices range from $25 to $200 per linear foot for materials only, and from $200 to $4,400 installed. 

Instead of swinging open, this type of chain link fence gate slides across to run parallel with the rest of the fence, taking up less space. Rolling gates are generally used in openings ranging from 5 ft. to 20 ft. wide. 

With rolling gates, you have an option to install an automated opening system, of course for a higher price.  

Chain link fence gate cost by size

Different circumstances warrant a different size of the gate. If the gate is used only for the passage of people then a gate between 3 ft. and 6 ft. wide is enough. A swing gate is the most common type for these widths. While the height of the fence gate depends on the height of your fence. If you deal with a larger opening then you should choose a double swing gate or rolling gate.

The prices shown in the table below are for a basic 9 gauge galvanized steel gate. Keep in mind that these prices will increase significantly if you choose, for example, a heavy-duty rolling system or an automated opening system, or some other material.      

Gate size Cost range (materials only)Cost range (installed)
3’ x 3’ to 6’ x 6’ Swing gate$60 - $300$90 - $275
8’ x 6’ to 12’ x 6’ Double swing gate$250 - $370$300 - $450
12’ x 6’ to 20’ x 8’ Rolling gate$600 - $4,000 $650 - $4,400

Chain link fencing cost by post type

Metal is a traditional choice for chain link fence posts. But if you want your fence to stand out, you can use wood posts with the chain link material stretched between them.

There are two types of fence posts, terminal, and line. Terminal posts are set for gate posts or end-to-end connections while the line posts are set between terminal or gate posts to support the fence. 

Post materialCost range (materials only)Cost range (installed)
Metal$7.5 - $12$15 - $20
Wood$10 - $30$20 - $50

Metal posts

Here, prices vary depending on thickness, height, and gauge of metal. Metal fence posts range in price from $7.5 to $12 each and $15 to $20 installed. Metal fence posts are a more logical choice because they will match the rest of your fence. You have the opportunity to choose colored posts with the price range of $10.5 to $35.  

Wood posts

Wood fence posts are more expensive than metal posts. They come at the price of $10 to $30 per post and $20 to $50 installed. In most cases, an entire wood frame is built, and the chain link mesh is stretched across it. Wood posts come as pressure-treated, vinyl-coated, or natural. As a drawback of the wooden posts, we can mention that they are prone to rot and cannot withstand high winds as well as metal.  

Privacy slats cost

Chain link fencing doesn’t provide privacy because it is made out of wire mesh. Installing privacy slats can help you solve that problem. Privacy slats come in different colors and designs so they can match different yard aesthetics. 

Usually, fence contractors charge an additional fee of around $2 to $3 per linear foot for installing privacy slats to your fence, while a box of slats for covering 10 linear feet of 6 ft. tall fence costs about $50 per box.

With a little skill, you can easily install privacy slats to your fence on your own and that way cut the expenses. 

Chain link fencing VS other types cost

I think that it will be helpful for you if you can make a little comparison between the chain link fence prices and other types of fences. Let’s have a quick look.

Black chain link VS galvanized steel cost

The main difference between black chain link fencing and galvanized steel fence is vinyl coating. Galvanized steel has a longer lifespan than other metals, and vinyl coating can help it last even longer. 

In most cases, vinyl-coated fences have a more extended warranty than those without the coating. The table below represents the cost range for both materials installed.

MaterialCost range per linear foot
(Installed)
Black (Vinyl coated) fence$13.15 - $28.50
Galvanized steel fence$18.75 - $32.50

Chain link fencing VS vinyl fence cost

Vinyl fencing cost way more than a chain link fence. There are several reasons for this. First, vinyl fences provide way more privacy than chain link does and come in a variety of colors, designs, and textures. Second, they can mimic many different types of wood, including picket, post and rail, and panel fencing.

However, vinyl fences have a shorter lifespan than chain link and are not good at withstanding high winds and intense weather. On the other hand, chain link fences can not improve the curb appeal of your property as vinyl can.

The presented table is for an average of 200 linear foot installation. 

MaterialCost range
(Installed)
Chain link fence$2,450 - $4,000
Vinyl fence$3,000 - $7,000

Chain link VS welded wire fence cost

Welded wire fences are less expensive than a chain link. They are not as strong as chain link fencing because they are made to be strung on a frame or simply stretched between the posts. 

While chain link fences can be used for securing children and as pet containment fences, welded wire fences are usually used for farm and garden purposes. Below are the average costs for installing 200 linear feet of each type.

MaterialCost range
(Installed)
Chain link fence$2,450 - $4,000
Welded wire fence$800 - $2,000

Chain link VS barbed wire fence cost

Barbed wire fence is usually used in ranching situations and almost never in urban environments because the barbed nature of the fence can poke and scratch. The low price makes it an ideal choice for enclosing large properties of several acres.

Also, there are situations where people add barbed wire to the top of the chain link fences for more security.

The cost in the table below is for the installation of 200 linear feet of each material.

MaterialCost range
(Installed)
Chain link fence$2,450 - $4,000
Barbed wire fence$250 - $700

Chain link VS wood fence cost

Wood fencing offers provides a more natural and pleasing design, privacy, and more security than chain link fencing, and that is the reason why it is a more expensive option. 

Also, wood fencing is not always practical for large areas over half an acre. That’s why many homeowners choose chain link fencing over a wood one. 

A simple wood fence has some less expensive options, but they definitely tend to be more costly than a chain link on average. Below are the average costs for installing 200 linear feet of each material.  

MaterialCost range
(Installed)
Chain link fence$2,450 - $4,000
Wood fence$3,000 - $7,000

How do I estimate the cost of a chain-link fence?

When estimating the cost of a chain-link fence, there are several factors that you should consider. These include:

  • Chain link fence materials – chain link fences come in different material types. For instance, installing a galvanized chain-link fence may be cheaper than a black-coated PVC vinyl fence. Knowing the difference allows you to select material that suits your preference and budget.
  • Height–chain link fences are available at different heights, ranging from approximately 4 feet to 10 feet high. The cost of materials and installation increases as the height increases. So, expect to pay more for a higher fence than a lower one.
  • Labor – labor costs may vary from one contractor to another. Some pros may offer cheaper quotes, while others may offer very high quotes. The difference in prices may depend on the marketing cost and experience of each company. To get the correct price range of the installation, it is best to get at least five quotes from different contractors.
  • Location – another factor that you should determine when estimating chain link installation cost is the regional differences. If you live in places with a higher property value, you may pay up to 50% more of the installation cost for other regions.
  • The job’s complexity – flat areas are easier and faster to work with because there will be no obstacles. However, if your compound is rocky, hilly, or bumpy, expect to pay more for the additional challenges the professionals will encounter during the job.
  • Permits – you should check with your local authorities whether you need a permit to install a chain-link fence. Primarily, any home improvement project that will change the structure of the house may require a permit.

All the factors named above should give you a picture of how actual project costs. They are all important and will determine the overall cost of installing your chain link fence. Your contractor should provide you with a detailed estimate that is clear and easy to understand. For DIY projects, you will only exclude labor costs from the above factors.

Extra services cost

Even though chain link fencing requires low maintenance compared to wood fences, you may still need some extra services before installing your fence. Of course, this will increase the chain link fence costs eventually. I have made a little research for you about what might be those extra services and which are the prices for them. 

Tree removal

Some chain link fence installers offer such services as removing trees, bushes, or stumps. If they are not, you will need to hire a separate tree service to get rid of these obstacles before chain link fence installation. Anyway, the added cost will be about the same.

  • Tree removal: $385 – $1,070 per tree;
  • Bush removal: $75 – $125 per bush;
  • Stump removal: $175 – $516. 

Fence removal

If the purpose of installing a new chain link fence is to replace the old one, first you must remove all existing structures. You can DIY, or you can pay your contractor to remove the old fence and haul the debris. Most fence installers offer removal prices based on how much fence needs to be removed. Usually, this extra cost range from $3 to $5 per linear foot of fence removed.

DIY vs. Hiring an expert

Chain link fences are easy to install, making them excellent for DIYers with experience. However, there may be some complications, especially if your compound is bumpy or rocky. For such scenarios, it is best to hire a pro to handle the installation. While DIY projects are cost-effective, there are several aspects where pros would be a better option for the job.

Do It Yourself

If you have experience and time, you can install a chain link fence without a hassle. However, it may be challenging to complete the project in time if you are a weekend warrior. Before you decide to DIY the project, check out the advantages and disadvantages first.

 

Pros

  • DIY projects are cost-effective because the cost is not inclusive of labor.
  • You will get a perfect opportunity to improve your skills.
  • You will have control of the project and make decisions that favor you.
  • Completing a project on your own gives you satisfaction and confidence

Cons

  • The project may be expensive in the long run due to poor installations.
  • You may waste materials due to inexperience.
  • You risk harming yourself or damaging your property.
  • The project may take too long to complete.

Hiring an Expert

If you are busy or unsure of your skills, it is best to hire a professional to install the fence for you. Pros have enough experience and will provide you with excellent results. The pros and cons of hiring a pro include:

 

Pros

  • The fence will have a professional and appealing look.
  • Pros work fast and will complete the project on time.
  • You will not worry about damage or material waste because pros will handle clean-up as part of the job.

Cons

  • The installation cost will be much higher due to labor costs.
  • Finding the right installer may be challenging.
  • You will not have the assurance that the results will be satisfactory.

How to find a good chain link fencing contractor?

If you plan to install a chain-link fence around your back or front yard, you should find a reputable contractor to handle the installation. However, you cannot easily tell whether a particular contractor is reliable or not by just looking at them. Below are several tips to help you find a contractor you can trust with your project.

  • Know your needs

Before you hire any professional installer, you must determine what you want first. This will help you choose the right professional for the job. For instance, you should evaluate your budget, the type of fence you want, the type of your property, and what you wish to enclose or protect. Without properly outlined needs, you may end up wasting your time and money.

  • Budget

Once you know what your needs are, you should consider your budget. Budgeting is crucial as it keeps you within the range. Decide how much money you wish to invest in the fence and look for the fencing options within your range.

However, your budget should not affect the quality of the fence. It is better to wait a little longer to get enough cash for the project than to choose low-quality materials or labor.

  • Reputation

Another essential factor you should not overlook is the reputation of the contractor you have eyes on. While many big companies offer customers great offers, do not fall prey to installers with suspicious offers.

The reputation of the company will tell you whether it is reliable or not. You can check online reviews and star ratings. You can also contact a few past clients to get honest feedback about their experiences with the company you are interested in.

  • Experience

The experience of a fence installation company matters a lot. A company with many years of experience may offer better services and high-quality installations than a newer company. This is because the professionals have been in business for a longer time and will be in a better position to handle complex installations.

Some newer installers may have incredible skills as well. If you have a complex project, you can hire experienced experts. However, if your project is simple and straightforward, you can try newer companies as they may offer lower rates.

  • Insurance and license

Another essential element that will help you find a good chain link fence installer is insurance and licensing. A contractor that is serious and dedicated to their work will have proper insurance and license. Ask the expert to provide you with a copy of the certificates and ensure they are valid.

Working with a licensed professional keeps you on good terms with your state or federal government. Insurance ensures your property is safe in case of damages. Also, the coverage will cover all medical bills in case the contractor gets injured during the job.

FAQ’s

Yes, chain-link fences are cheaper than wood. Even when you separate the chain-link components that include galvanized posts, metal stakes, tie wires, and brackets, they are still more affordable to install than almost every type of wooden fencing. Maintaining chain link fences is also cheaper than wooden fencing. However, if you are looking for a rustic, private, and appealing look, wood fences are an excellent choice.

Yes, you can install a chain link fence yourself. If you are up to the task and have the time and basic skills, you can DIY the fence installation. However, DIY installations may cause lots of problems. For instance, the alignment or spacing may be uneven, which may make the fence look unappealing. Also, if you fail to align the hinges, they may cause friction leading to premature wear of the fence.

Chain link fences can last up to 20 years with proper care and maintenance. If the mesh material you choose has a vinyl coating, the fence can last for more than 20 years. They are, however, prone to rust and corrosion, so proper maintenance is essential to prolong their life span.

Yes, chain link fences can increase the value of a home and its selling rate. If you see the need to install a chain-link fence, potential buyers will see the benefits as well. These fences will keep off intruders and keep your pets and kids within the property. A home with a fence attracts more buyers than one without.

There are several ways you can maintain your fence. These include:

  • Applying a rust protection coat every year to prevent the fence from rusting or corroding
  • Cleaning the fence regularly
  • Handling repairs as soon as they happen
  • Avoid growing any plants on the fence
  • Avoid climbing on the fence

No matter how cheap the fence is, it can last for a long time with proper maintenance. These fences are a good investment and can boost your home’s value.

Chain link fences are relatively cheap to install and can add to the curb appeal of a home. They effectively keep off intruders and keep your kids and pets safe within the compound. They are, however, prone to rust and corrosion, so proper maintenance is essential to increase their durability. Also, they are relatively easy for DIY installations, but it is best to hire professionals for top-notch installations.

Timothy Munene
Author: Timothy Munene - Timothy is a freelance writer and an online entrepreneur.