Metal fences are attractive and improve the safety of your property. There are various metal options available for fencing your house. What is the most affordable metal material for fencing?

Metal fencing costs from $10 – $75 per linear foot. For the average house that will work out to be $1,500 to $22,500, so the type of metal you choose is important. Chain link and corrugated metal fencing is the cheapest of the bunch, followed by aluminum and Wrought iron.

There are several other factors that determine how much you will pay for your metal fencing.

Types and cost of metal fences

Metal FenceCost
Chain link$10 - $30
Black vinyl coated chain link$13 - $25
Corrugated metal$10 - $30
Wrought iron$25 - $75
Aluminum$25 - $75
Stainless steel$50 - $120

1. Chain link fence

Chain link is a lightweight metal fence. It is suitable for front and back yards at home. It keeps pets from straying and allows you to see through it. It can be installed anywhere and remains standing for a long time with little maintenance.

It costs $10 – $30 per foot to install a chain link fence.

How much you pay to install a chain link fence depends on the wire gauge, height of the fence, and labor costs.

Chain link fence

Chain link fence | kellypuffs | Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

2. Black vinyl coated chain link fence

Black vinyl-coated chain link fence is a chain link fence that is covered with a layer of vinyl. It is more expensive than an ordinary chain link fence.

It costs $13 to $25 per foot to install. It is more expensive since it has a protective layer that ensures that it lasts longer than an ordinary chain link fence.

Black vinyl coated chain link fence

Black vinyl coated chain link fence | RJ Fence | Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

3. Corrugated metal fence

Corrugated metal fencing costs $10 to $30 per linear foot. This price covers the cost of fence materials. You can expect to pay an average cost of about $5,600 for professional fence installation.

Corrugated metal fences are easy to install. They are durable, low maintenance, and can be painted to enhance their appearance.

Corrugated metal fence

Corrugated metal fence | Theen Moy | Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

4. Wrought iron fence

It costs $25-$75 to install a wrought iron fence. It is sturdy, attractive, and durable. Installing it increases the value of your property.

It is often installed in front yards and other places on a compound or house to enhance the appearance.

Wrought iron fences rank among the most expensive metal fences to install.

Wrought iron fence

Wrought iron fence | Michael May | Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

5. Aluminum fence

Aluminum fences are also among the most expensive metal fences you can install. They are sold in panels that cost $15 to $75 per foot to purchase and install.

They are durable, strong, and available in different colors to enhance the appearance of your compound.

They do not rust or corrode and are low maintenance. They are likely to warp, dent, and discolor as they age.

Aluminum fence

Aluminum fence | Greg Carroll | Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

6. Stainless steel fence

Stainless steel fences are the most expensive metal fences you can install. It costs $50 to $200 to purchase and install a stainless steel fence.

It is attractive and does not rust. It is also sturdy and durable. It can be painted in a range of colors.