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Aluminum Fence Cost

The average cost of installing an aluminum fence is around $2,500.

In this guide

Pros and cons
Types
Purpose
Colors
Installation
Labor
Maintenance
Aluminum vs other materials
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install an aluminum fence?

Aluminum fences are a lightweight, attractive, and durable way to secure your property. They come in several styles and sizes and are a lower-cost alternative to wrought iron fencing.

The average homeowner installs around 50 feet of fencing. Assuming a standard, 4-foot fence, this project would cost about $2,500.

Pros and cons

Aluminum fences are very lightweight, making them fast and easy to install. They come in several sizes, colors, and designs, and you can typically create a straight fence top, regardless of the grade of the land where they are located.

They also resist corrosion unlike steel and wrought iron fences, which may rust if not properly maintained. This makes aluminum fencing a lower-maintenance fencing material, particularly long term. The fences are extremely long-lasting, and if you were ever to replace them, aluminum is completely recyclable.

Unfortunately, aluminum tends to dent upon impact, so it may warp over time if hit by stray balls, falling tree limbs, or debris. It may also develop a patina 1 if not powder-coated. This patina 1 is removable but requires some care.

Types

Like all fencing materials, you can find aluminum fencing in a few different styles. Among each type, you are likely to see subtle variations in the picket, top, and ornamentation:

TypeDescriptionCost
Two-rail flat top

Single rail at the top of pickets

Single rail at the bottom

No exposed pickets

$65/panel
Spear top

Exposed pickets in the shape of spears

Spears are the same height

$65/panel
Staggered spear top

Exposed pickets in the shape of spears

Spears are two different heights

$65/panel
Three-rail flat top

Two rails at the top

6-inch space between the top rails

Single rail at the bottom

$65/panel
Arches

Rail at the top of pickets curves into arches

One arch per panel

Some may have exposed spear pickets

$70/panel


Purpose

Aluminum fences are very common for a variety of purposes. Their resistance to corrosion makes them an excellent addition to pool areas as a safety fence. They also work well as a security fence for keeping out people or small children and pets in. Because the fences can be found in several styles and colors, they may also be used for decorative or ornamental purposes. Aluminum fences are not designed to be used for privacy, however, because of the significant amount of space between the pickets.

Colors

One of the things about aluminum fencing that makes it so attractive is that it can be found in a wide range of colors. To help prevent patina, aluminum fencing is usually given a powder coat. This may be glossy or matte and comes in a variety of colors including black, white, bronze, green, and beige. In most cases, the color costs are identical, although some of the more obscure colors may take longer to receive than the more common black.

Installation

Many aluminum fences are sold in kits for DIY installation. Because the panels are so lightweight and easy to put together, they often go up quickly.

Installing aluminum fencing is much like the process for other materials. The layout is planned, and the property checked for utility lines before digging holes for the posts. The posts are set, usually with concrete, then the panels are assembled and attached between them. The entire process takes roughly 3 to 4 days to install 50 feet of fencing, including the time necessary for the posts to set properly.

Labor

Most fence installers charge between $40 and $60 an hour. Assuming that a 50-foot aluminum fence takes between 3 and 4 days to install, total installation costs will be around $1,400 on average. Things that can impact this cost include the height of the fence, the slope of the ground, the condition of the ground, and how decorative the fence.

Maintenance

Aluminum fences are one of the lowest maintenance fencing materials. They do not corrode or rot, and the powder coat is designed to last for years without requiring retouching. The only real maintenance that the fence may need is removing any vine growth, which can harm the finish, as well as periodically cleaning the fence. Pressure washing is often recommended for heavily soiled fencing, although it is best to test this in an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the fence can handle the high-pressure spray.

Aluminum vs other materials

Aluminum is just one material that fences can be made of. There are several other materials available that you may also want to consider:

MaterialProsCons

Aluminum

($8-$12/linear foot 1)

Lightweight

Easy to install

Easy to maintain

Many decorative options

No privacy options

Easily dented

May patina if not powder-coated

Wood

($3-$18/linear foot 1)

Many styles available

Can provide privacy

Easy to install

Inexpensive

High-maintenance

May rot over time

Needs to be painted frequently

Steel

($7-$10/linear foot)

Inexpensive

Easy to install

Many options

May corrode

Not as easy to maintain

Vinyl

($15-$35/linear foot 1)

Low-maintenance

Can provide privacy

Easy to install

Expensive

Panels may pop out

May crack in cold weather

Wrought iron

($20-$30/linear foot 1)

Very decorative

Strong, highly durable

Many decorative options

No privacy options

May corrode

Expensive


Enhancement and improvement costs

Self-closing gate

Most fences need a gate as part of the installation. Upgrading to a self-closing gate can make your property more secure. This can be done by installing new hinges 2 on your gate for around $25 per piece.

Painting

The vast majority of aluminum fences are powder-coated or given a factory finish. However, if you choose to change the color of the fence or paint an unfinished aluminum fence, this will cost around $10 per linear foot 1 on average.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If your yard has a slope or difficult grade, or if there are obstructions such as rocks or trees, there will be an increase in the costs to install your fence.
  • In most areas, you need to obtain a building permit to install a fence. Check your local ordinances to find out more.
  • If you live in an area that freezes in the winter, you could find that installing during the winter months costs more. This is because frozen ground is more difficult to dig through.
  • Aluminum is not as strong as steel, so it may not be the best option for creating a truly secure perimeter fence.
  • Aluminum does not need to be painted like wrought iron, which makes it a lower-maintenance alternative.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to have an aluminum fence installed?

The average cost for materials and installation of around 50 feet of aluminum fencing is $2,500.

  • Is aluminum fencing cheaper than wood?

This depends on the style and size of the fence. In some cases, aluminum is cheaper, while in others wood is less expensive. ​

  • How much does an aluminum fence cost per linear foot?

Aluminum fencing costs between $8 and $12 per linear foot. ​

  • Is aluminum fencing cheaper than iron?

Yes, aluminum fencing costs $8 to $12 per linear foot while iron costs between $20 and $30 per linear foot 1.​​

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Patina 1 Patina: A thin film, usually green or blue in color, that forms over time on certain metals (such as copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum) or wood and stone surfaces due to natural oxidation
glossary term picture Hinge 2 Hinges: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame

Cost to install an aluminum fence varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Akron, OH
-6%
Albany, NY
+17%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Alhambra, CA
+9%
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Avondale, AZ
-2%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Black Hawk, CO
-29%
Boulder, CO
-4%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, GA
-20%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Greenville, NC
-26%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kent, WA
+9%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lubbock, TX
-22%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashville, TN
+21%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Olathe, KS
+9%
Olympia, WA
-15%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Opa Locka, FL
-1%
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