The cost of a chain-link fence per acre depends on the height of the fence, the quality of the chain-link wire used as well as the type of terrain on your property. Chain link fences and materials like galvanized and black vinyl coated are available in 4, 6, and 8-foot heights.

Installing an acre (836 linear ft.) of chainlink fence will cost $16,720 on average. The lowest price for chain link fencing installed is about $10,993 per acre for a 3 ft. high, 11 gauge, 3 ½ in. by 5 in. diamond, galvanized steel chain link fence installed in a yard.

Let’s break down the various chainlink fencing sizes and types and their cost per acre installed.

Average cost of a Chain Link fencing

ServiceQTYLowHigh
Chain Link Fencing cost (Materials)per acre$2,508$5,852
Chain Link Fencing cost (Installed)per acre$10,993$22,572
Chain Link Fencing labor costPer linear foot$10$20

Average Estimate: $16,720

Cost of a Chain Link fencing by type

Cyclone fencing prices in the table below shows 4 feet high fence with 9 gauge wire and 2 in. diamonds.

Chain Link TypeCost Per acre (Installed)
LowHigh
Galvanized Chain Link Fence$10,993$18,550
Aluminum Coated Chain Link Fence$13,167$21,400
PVC or Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence$15,550$25,607
Aluminum Chain Link Fence$15,880$27,250
Stainless Steel Chain Link Fence$18,880$29,551

Average Estimate: $30

Types of Chain Link Fence

1. Galvanized Chain Link fence

This is the most popular style of chain link fence in the market. Since chain-link fences are entirely made from metal, they are susceptible to rusting over time. Galvanization is the best way to go in order to prevent rusting of chain link fences. This makes the fences more durable and typically much more attractive too. The most commonly used material for galvanization is Zinc and many other materials are also being used. It costs $10,993 – $18,550 to install a galvanized chain link fence around an acre property.

Galvanized Chain Link fence

2. PVC or Vinyl Coated

While galvanized zinc is a cheap and effective way to protect chain link fencing, vinyl and polymer coatings are gaining more popularity. Black chainlink fences are quite popular as well as green and gray. They are much more aesthetically pleasing and this makes them better suited for residential fences. PVC coatings are more costly than standard galvanized steel fences.

Polymer is a powdered coating and PVC is a vinyl coating. Both of these options provide rubberized coating across the metal to give it a nice look and touch and also protect it from rust and weather damage. It costs $15,550 – $25,607 to install a unit foot of galvanized chain-link fences.

PVC or Vinyl Coated

3. Aluminum

Aluminum chain link fences have the raw classic look of a chain link fence, but are lighter and will stand the test of time. Do you remember trying to swing open the gate of an old galvanized chain link fence? They weigh a tonne! You won’t have that issue with Aluminium.

If you need strength, then steel is probably the way to go, but if you’re just after a good-looking fence that is light and durable, then aluminum is probably the way to go. To fence a 1 acre lot with an aluminum chain link fence will cost $15,880 to $27,250.

Aluminum is also a great idea anywhere within 3 miles of the coastline. Salt in the air can degrade steel fences quite quickly, but you won’t have this issue with Aluminum.

aluminum chainlink fence

4. Stainless steel

Stainless steel chain link fencing is probably the most expensive option. There is no real advantage over galvanized steel, except it does look a lot nicer. Stainless steel like aluminum will not degrade as fast as the other options, and it is very strong.

It will cost $18,880 – $29,551 to fence a 1 acre lot in stainless steel chain link fence. Stainless steel is also a good idea if you live near the coast or salt water.

stainless steel chain link fence

4. Slatted Chain Link Fences

The size of the holes in chain link fences doesn’t guarantee privacy. The most popular solution to this issue is the slatted chain link fence option. It is becoming an increasingly popular style of chain link. These fences simply involve adding slat inserts into the linked material to provide additional coverage and privacy for homeowners.

The slats make the chain link fence a much more visually appealing style for many people. These slats are made from materials like PVC that come in various colors and finishes and this makes them one of the very versatil