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How much does a chain-link fence cost?

Installing a chain-link fence costs approximately $7-$12 per linear foot. The fence's length and height are the primary factors that affect the total cost of a chain-link fence. However, how much you'll pay will also depend on where you live.

Chain-link fence cost per foot:

Height Cost per linear foot
36" $7.20-$8.60
42" $7.60-$9.10
48" $8.00-$9.50
60" $9.10-$10.90
72" $10.30-$12.20

Most pros can also install gates along with a new chain-link fence, including rolling gates that allow cars in and out of a driveway or decorative gates for the entrance to a front walk. Chain-link fence installation costs vary, so let's look at the factors that determine the average costs for fencing materials and fence installation.

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Chain-link fence prices range from $7-$12 per linear foot, making them one of the most cost-effective types of fence you can install. They're made of steel that may be coated in zinc (galvanized), aluminum, vinyl or another coating that will protect the metal from rust and corrosion.

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Here are a few examples of how different materials and heights can affect the cost of a chain-link fence per foot:

Chain-link fence cost examples:

Material Height Cost per linear foot
Galvanized chain link 4 ft. $8-$14
Black powder-coated, galvanized chain link 4 ft. $15
Galvanized chain link 6 ft. $10-$16
Galvanized chain link 10 ft. $17-$18
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A standard swing gate costs roughly $100 for materials and installation, and commercial chain-link rolling gate prices range from $800-$1,000, according to  Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair.

Gates have a higher material cost than standard chain-link fencing material stretched between posts. They can also require specialty posts that have more strength and may require more hours of installation.

Here's a quick glance at prices for 3-feet wide walkway gates:

Height Gate prices
36" $93-$109
42" $96-$113
48" $100-$117
60" $115-$134
72" $132-$153

And here's how much it costs to install 12-feet wide double driveway gates: 

Height Gate prices
36" $234-$274
42" $244-$285
48" $262-$305
60" $301-$350
72" $341-$398
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Chain-link fence cost factors

Here's a quick look at the different factors that will determine how much your chain-link fence will cost:

Fence length

Chain-link fence costs are calculated by counting the linear feet. If a future chain-link fence will surround an entire yard or property, it’s possible to determine how much fencing material is required by simply measuring the property lines. It’s important to make sure the fence is installed within the property lines.

Many regions also have local building codes that apply to fence heights. Toni-Ann Pabon of Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair in Orlando, Florida, says that the price per linear foot of chain-link fence can change depending on the features selected and the type of fencing materials used. Here are two examples of chain-link fence prices from Jay-Mar Fencing Installation & Repair:

Galvanized chain-link fence cost: Approximately $12 per linear foot

  • The price includes fence installation and material costs.
  • Galvanized steel is treated to be rust- and corrosion-resistant, making it durable in all weather. This choice is commonly used in commercial spaces.

Black powder-coated galvanized chain-link fence cost: Approximately $15 per linear foot

  • The price includes fence installation and material costs.
  • Powder coating adds a more polished finish that is commonly used in residential fence installations.
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Fence height

The height of the chain-link fence also affects the total cost. Chain-link fences can be anywhere from 4-10 feet high. Tall chain links are fairly uncommon, however, because local building codes often require front yard fences not to exceed 4 feet.

According to Pabon, someone might have a 4-foot chain-link fence in the front yard and an 8-foot privacy fence in the backyard. For this reason, the cost per linear foot of a fence installation can vary based on height.

Powder coating

Powder coating can help protect metal and aluminum surfaces from rust and corrosion. It costs approximately $6-$8 per square foot to powder coat fences and gates.

Fence painting

If you plan to paint your fence in a different color, budget a little bit for costs. On average, it costs about $600 to paint a fence. But prices can range from $150 to over $2,000.

Fence permit fees

Contact your city and check if a permit is required. If a building permit is required for installing a fence, that cost will be rolled into the total price. Pabon says that each municipality has its own rules and regulations. 

Land leveling

Check if your land is graded (even and level). If your land is tilted, labor costs may increase because fences are more challenging to install on uneven land. It costs approximately $350-$700 total or $5-$10 per square foot to hire land grading services.

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How to estimate labor costs

One way to estimate the time it will take for chain-link fence installation is to add one day of labor for each additional 100 linear feet of the fence after the first 150 feet. Most fence installation pros dig post holes 1 foot deep into the earth for the chain-link posts. The fence installers then fill that post hole with concrete before pounding the post into the (still wet) concrete with a special tool to provide the strength and rigidity that the pole needs to hold the chain-link fencing taut between posts.

Labor costs can increase if there's an excess of foliage, debris or ground covering that must be cleared before the chain-link fence can be installed. Not all fencing professionals provide removal services, says Pabon, so don’t assume they will handle it. Before you start this type of home improvement project, it’s a good idea to find out whether a fence installation pro provides landscape removal services.

Related content: How much does a wrought iron fence cost?

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Installing a fence can be tricky. To avoid a sagging gate or leaning fence down the link, hire an expert to install your chain-link fence. You can find local fence contractors on Thumbtack. Start your search today to receive free cost estimates.

Additional sources: National Repair & Remodeling Estimator

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