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Chain Link Fence Cost

Metal fencing can provide a variety of decorative and security features for a property, making cost evaluations and comparisons an important consideration. Metal is an excellent fencing choice because of its flexibility in installation and its durability over time. It is also possible to use metal products to address a variety of decorative and budget needs.

The Costs

  • The average cost for installation of a metal fence is approximately $3,000.

  • The lowest estimated cost is $1,000.

  • Costs can range up to a high of about $5,000.

Materials to Consider

Many consider chain link fencing to be a standard choice for contemporary enclosure needs. However, there are also wire fencing options, which are excellent for enclosing large areas with lower costs. On the high end of the spectrum, wrought iron produces elaborate decorative results but costs a great deal more than chain link. 

Wire and chain link materials are sold by the roll, and it's generally easy to compute the amount of fencing needed to enclose an area. Wrought iron and similar metal fencing projects must be estimated based on the perimeter to be enclosed.

  • A 50-foot roll of chain link can range from approximately $60 to $100 based on fence height.
  • A 50-foot roll of wire fencing can range from $30 to $60 or more based on height and gauge of the wire.
  • Wrought iron can be extremely costly, ranging from $2,800 to $4,000 for materials for a complete project.
  • Pricing for a 4-foot section of aluminum or steel fencing that resembles wrought iron can begin in pricing at approximately $15 and range upward as designs become more elaborate or as panel sizes are increased.

Computing Costs for a Metal Fencing Project

While an understanding of material costs is essential, it is also important to view the scope of a prospective project in order to budget for all materials and services needed. Some homeowners need solutions for fencing around an entire property while others simply need to enclose small areas on a property. Because most fencing projects involve straight lines, it's simple enough to measure each section in order to compute the distance of the entire project. Sufficient fencing material must be obtained to surround the area to be enclosed. Additional hardware costs can be computed based on the number and type of gates, the spacing of fence posts and the hardware required for each of these features.

Hardware Costs

Posts and hardware are required for supporting and stabilizing wire or chain link fences, meaning that sufficient materials must be included in a project. 

  • Metal stakes used with wire fences can range from $6 to $10 apiece in pricing.
  • Galvanized posts for chain link projects can cost between $12 and $20 based on issues like height, strength and finishes.
  • Additional hardware needed may include brackets and corner adapters, and pricing can range from $2 to more than $10 per piece based on the specific parts in question.
  • Tie wire is generally used for wire fencing attachment to posts, and a roll of wire may cost $5 to $10 based on length and gauge.


In many cases, a fence isn't complete without a gate, and chain link gate panels can vary in pricing according to size. A small yard gate measuring 4 feet in width can range from $50 to $60, and a wider or taller gate will involve greater material costs. Gate hardware can range from approximately $2 per piece to $20 for a complete set when installing a gate.

Last updated on Aug 26, 2014

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