Metal Fencing includes steel, aluminum, chain link and wire

Metal fencing can be made of steel, aluminum, welded wire, chainlink, woven wire and even sheet metal used as decorative screen panels.


Steel fences can vary in height from 2 feet to 10′ but most residential fences are no higher than 6 or 8 feet depending on local ordinances. Since most fences utilize a post and panel system, the design of the picket spacing, size and style can vary along with the top rail design. Decorative top panels can be added to give it more interest. There are many fence manufacturers that make steel fence panels in a variety of options. However, they are simple in design to keep manufacturing costs down. If you don’t like the choice available for off the shelf steel fencing, a custom design would be something to consider but at a higher cost.

Pros Prefabricated panels, posts and hardware ordered from a manufacturer is less expensive than custom fabricating everything from scratch.

Steel fencing is more durable and stronger than aluminum and it is used most often in commercial applications where there is more risk to damage.

Manufactured steel fencing usually comes without having to weld the parts making installation much easier.

Manufactured steel usually comes with a high grade paint finish.

Compared to wood, it is relatively maintenance free and lasts much longer.

Good for situations where you don’t want to block the view beyond the fence such as bordering a natural open space or a swimming pool.

Cons Limited design options. Limited color choices.

Typically not used as a privacy fence due to the reliance on open spaced pickets.