How Much Does a Corrugated Metal Fence Cost?

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated January 7, 2022
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Corrugated metal fencing costs $17 to $90 per linear foot, including installation

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Corrugated metal is a popular fencing option for those looking for a material that is inexpensive, easy to install, and capable of handling some of the most extreme weather conditions.

The term "corrugated" simply refers to a surface that has been shaped to have ridges and grooves, so it has a sort of rippled appearance. Corrugated metal fencing also has a unique and modern look with big, sleek panels, so it's popular for aesthetics as well. If you've been thinking of installing corrugated metal fencing, here's what you can expect to pay.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Corrugated Metal Fence Per Linear Foot?

You will pay anywhere from $17 to $90 per linear foot to install a corrugated fence made of aluminum or steel.

The overall cost will depend on factors such as:

  • Fence height

  • Aluminum or steel

  • Installation difficulty, such as if there are obstructions or uneven terrain to work around

  • Labor rates in your area

How Much Corrugated Metal Fencing Can I Get on My Budget?

You probably already know the area you want to cover, but you want to know what your budget will be depending on the area you want to cover. Here are a few examples of what you might pay for corrugated metal fencing, depending on a few situations.

$700

For this price, you can get a smaller 50-foot fence with relatively inexpensive metal secured at the bottom of the general price range for metal. You’d also probably have to do most of the work instead of hiring a professional to get the job done for you.

$2,200

At this price, you can probably get 100 feet of fencing and hire some help to do it. This is more at the lower end of that range, so you’d definitely have to watch your costs in terms of metal prices and labor.

$5,600

This is the high end of the typical range for a metal fence installation. In this case, the homeowner may live in an area with high labor prices and may be paying on the higher end of metal to build a 100-foot fence.

$8,000

This is at the very high end of fence installation costs and is outside the typical range. However, if you’re paying a premium for metal and want a tall fence and more than 100 feet of it, you could pay this or more. Obviously, the larger the area you want to cover, the more you’ll pay, but this price should get you most of what you want even with paying full installation costs.

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How Much Does It Cost to Install Corrugated Metal Fencing Yourself?

About one-third of the price for corrugated metal fencing installation goes into the materials, and two-thirds goes into labor, so if you can do the job yourself, you could save quite a bit of money.

The cost for the metal materials to make the fencing costs between $7 to $32 per foot. So if you needed 100 feet of fencing and were able to find materials at the lower end of that range—say, $12 per foot—you could install the fence for $1,200. If you had to pay for labor as well, you might have to fork over another $2,000 to $3,000 on top of that to get the job done.

However, if you do it yourself, keep in mind that you may need permits from the local authorities, which vary widely and may cost only $50 or several hundred dollars. You may also need to conduct a land survey to meet any residential codes. The typical cost range to hire a land surveyor is $350 to $680.

Corrugated Metal Fence Cost Breakdown

Generally, the breakdown of costs for a corrugated metal fence is pretty simple: the materials plus the labor encompass most of the cost to install the fence. However, there are some other parts of the fence besides the fencing itself you’ll need to include. Here’s how it breaks down:

Project CostPrice
Labor$50 per hour
Concrete for post bases$0.30 per pound
Posts$2 per post (metal)
Post caps$30 per cap
Gates$275
Corrugated metal fence$10 per section (a section is between 4- to 8-feet long and 6- to 11-feet tall)

In some cases, you may also need to spend money on leveling the land or removing obstructions, and that cost varies widely depending on what you're up against.

You may need to pay a small amount for fees and permits and other hidden fence installation costs that may pop up along the way. A professional can provide you with an estimate upfront, so there are no surprises later, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that they will do the job correctly. Look for a fencing professional near you to inspect your property and give you a breakdown.

FAQs About Installing a Corrugated Metal Fence

Should I pay someone to install corrugated metal fencing or build it myself?

Generally, it’s always better to hire a professional if you don’t have experience working on a similar project. While you might be able to figure out how to install the fencing yourself, it’s back-breaking work. You may also install it incorrectly, meaning it may collapse later on, and you’ll have to spend money to fix it. You could have also missed a permit that you needed for the project and have local authorities fine you or shut the project down.

Why should I pick corrugated metal as my fence material?

Corrugated metal is a popular choice for fencing your yard for a few reasons:

  • It has a sleek, modern look

  • It’s tough and can handle the elements

  • It’s inexpensive compared to other fencing options like wood

  • It’s relatively easy to install

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