Corrugated Metal Fence Pros and Cons

Here’s our guide to corrugated metal fence pros and cons including different types, cost and DIY design ideas. Corrugated metal fencing above rock wall around house A corrugated metal fence can be an attractive and modern-looking property enclosure that holds features that makes it a versatile option for property owners.

A lot of work has gone on the advancement of the manufacturing process of steel. The ability to approach higher temperatures during the refining process allows us to mix higher-grade steel with amazing properties.

Today, you’ll see beautiful corrugated metal fences with attractive frames and gorgeous colors that can be mixed and matched to suite the theme of your home along with your backyard, garden or patio. See other types of fences here.

What is a Corrugated Fence?

Gray metal corrugated fence panels A corrugated fence is made from a corrugated metal sheet that has ridges and valleys, it’s basically a metal sheet that is bent and stretched to create corrugations creating a defined profile. The traditional profile when you look at its sectional view has series of waves with equal heights,

Today, there are a variety of profiles for corrugated metal. The peaks and valleys across the surface of a corrugated sheet are for added strength.

The valleys act as channels for water too, that is why these sheets are found on rooftops. The water flows down the channels and onto the gutter.

With this type of configuration and the angle of the roof, the architect can figure out the optimal combination to ensure that debris and water will not collect on the roof. 

As far as the chemistry of the metal is concerned, a coating of different metals is added to resist corrosion; metals like zinc and copper can be found as a common treatment.

Metal sheets are also friendly to the environment. Old and battered sheets don’t have to be thrown away. These are recycled for other purposes, like building a chicken coup or to use as a roof for dog houses or other kinds of shelters that do not require a fully functional covering.

Unusable metal sheets are sent to the recycling plant to be melted and made into a brand sheet again.

Now we’ll  break down the corrugated metal fence pros and cons so you can see if this type of fence is best for your needs.

Corrugated Metal Fence Pros

Corrugated aluminum fence Long Span. The great thing about corrugated metal fences is that panel kits are available from 6 feet to 12 feet and 24 inches (2.1 feet) in width making it possible to have solid fencing on large properties.

Regular corrugated fencing sizes are typically 24, 26 or 36 inches wide and 48 inches, 72 inches or 96 inches high. You may find some manufacturers who do offer customized lengths as well but can cost more than the standard lengths. 

Fast and Easy to Install. Because it is a lightweight material, you can easily handle the metal sheet on whatever terrain or conditions you have on your property. Its straightforward installation allows homeowners to undertake their metal fence installation as a DIY project. 

It’s Long Lasting. With an average of 25 to 30 years of service life, it’s a practical investment. There are also mid-range corrugated metal fences that can last from 30 up to 40 years. For the thickest panels, you can expect the fence to last from 50 to 75 years with the best coating and care. 

Versatile. You can easily cut the corrugated metal fence with tin snips or circular saw for the thicker grade and long sheets in any direction you want.

The easy handling and customization of the metal material make it possible to integrate it with other materials such as wood or vinyl. It is also easy to install in slanted terrains since there’s no complicated groundwork needed to install the metal panels.

Readily Available. Corrugated metal panels are available in building and hardware stores, and there is always a local contractor who can undertake the installation. The metal panels come in a wide range of quality options, so you will easily find the right profile, color, and gauge for your needs. 

You are unlikely to come across metal fences that already come with the necessary framing materials. The sheets, frames, bolts, nails, cement, etc., must be purchased separately. The requirements of the project will determine which materials and how much will be needed.

The corrugate metal sheets are typically painted on only one side unless it is a bulk order. 

Striking Appearance. While wood and UPVC are undeniably gorgeous fencing materials, corrugated metal fence rivals these traditional fencing with its modern look and versatility.

Depending on your fencing design, you can achieve a minimalist look with a sleek and simple profile or get the rustic or industrial look of unpainted or in matte black metal panels.

Affordability. A corrugated metal fence is an affordable option for homeowners, and since it is so easy to install, it’s a great DIY project. The easy transportation, DIY installation, and availability make it a cheaper option than most conventional fencing materials. Green metal corrugated fence

Corrugated Metal Fence Cons

Flimsy. A corrugated metal privacy fence is generally durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions, but if installed with a poor framing design, it can get knocked out by strong winds.

Six to eight feet is a standard spacing between your posts. One way to mitigate this flimsiness is by cementing the posts permanently.,

Sharp Edges. The sharp edges of the thin metal sheet, especially when installed at a lower height are hazardous. The edges of the panels should be framed to prevent children or pets from reaching cutting themselves on these edges. 

Potential of Rusting. Like any metal material, corrugated metal sheets can rust and corrode over time if unattended so you’ll need to repaint and recoat for the worn-off coatings.

Use the same galvanized material for your screws, bolts, and other fasteners used on your metal fence to prevent rusting. However, if you like the rustic look of the metal fence you can go for the non-galvanized metal sheets. 

Corrugated Metal Fence Cost

Home backyard with brown corrugated metal fence with steel supports A corrugated metal fence is an affordable option because of the low material, labor, and maintenance costs. As cost is relative to its quality where the thicker your metal gauge the pricier it gets but still overall even with the thicker gauges such as 26 or 29.

On average corrugated metal, fence costs $10-$12 per linear foot compared to vinyl that can cost around $20- $35 per linear foot and wood is about $10- $18 per linear foot. 

With that being said, it’s best to budget $4 to $8+ per foot while factoring in labor costs.

Corrugated Metal Fence Ideas

Here are some of the best corrugated metal fence ideas for the home.

Go Horizontal

Horizontal corrugated metal fence When you need to cover a lengthy perimeter, a horizontal panel can be visually impactful instead of the typical upright installation.

You can leave it without framing or install wooden framing for stability and create a vernacular look for your backyard. 

Combine with Brick

Brick and corrugated metal fencing Use bricked or stoned posts in equal intervals through a bare corrugated metal fence to create an earthy appearance. The natural rust color combined with natural stone is a gorgeous backdrop for any garden. 

Wood Plank Style Corrugated Fence

Corrugated metal wood plank design A wood plank style corrugated fence can provide the look of natural wood. This type of fence can look  more natural than a raw metal fence and offer a more harmonious feel for your backyard.

Combine with Wood

Corrugated metal and wood fence is a popular option because of how the two materials look good together as they complement their qualities. Wood and metal complement each other very well. Metal can appear cold and unnatural while wood looks natural, so having it gives it an organic look.

Corrugated Metal Fence on Sloped Terrain

Sloped corrugated metal fence on concrete Corrugated panels are sold by the sheet, are readily available, lightweight, and easy to work with, making them ideal for fencing on sloped terrain. The fence is easy enough to install that if errors were to occur, adjustments are easy.

Custom Corrugated Fence

You can turn your custom corrugated fence into an eye-catching work of art with varying materials of corrugated metal, wood, and stone arranged alternately like a check board piece. The result is an interesting mix of materials.

Corrugated Metal Privacy Fence

Wrought iron fence with corrugated metal panels Residential and commercial markets found use in the use of privacy fences with corrugated sheets. Professionals like architects, builders, and homeowners, prefer this material over other alternatives like wood or vinyl.

Privacy fence metal is durable enough to withstand a harsh environment. The longevity is improved by also painting them with an additional protective coating, and they will last even longer.

Metal fences are low maintenance, and in the event, it needs replacement, a new sheet can be easily installed. See more privacy fence ideas here.

DIY Corrugated Metal Fence

Installing gray corrugated metal fencing Corrugated metal is low maintenance, and does not need to be stained or treated (painting is optional). A fence of this type is pretty much free from maintenance for a year as long as purchase good quality, thick sheets.

Now, before deciding to install your fence, make sure to check with your local laws regarding the installation of fences. Make sure to secure the proper permits (if required). Once approved, the fun begins.

Follow proper procedures such as making sure your posts are 18 inches deep. Of course, this depends on the height of the fence and other conditions. If you are unsure how to proceed, hire a professional to help you with the building process.

To help with creating your own fence there are different fence design software programs. Many of these programs can help you layout your fence, determine the amount of materials you need and estimate total cost.

Corrugated Metal Fence Takeaway

Fencing your property is not the only function of a metal fence. It is used as a wind barrier in agricultural applications. It can act as a barrier against strong winds and snow to protect livestock in places experiencing winter.

If you need a low-cost, and easily installed fence, whether it is for a permanent fence or a temporary one, you can bet your money that this is the best way to go.

There are companies that do offer their services for people who need professional help with decisions such as determining the size, thickness, or color of your fence.

What did you think of our list of corrugated metal fence pros and cons? Let us know what you think below.

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Written by Ellen - Architect, Design Consultant

Ellen Siloy is a passionate designer with a Bachelors in Architecture from Saint Louis University. She has extensive experience writing about interior design and green architecture projects. As an architect she is also skilled in the use of Revit, Skethup and CAD software. She is a certified LEED Green Associate and has worked as a LEED Coordinator for LEED Certification of Buildings.


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  1. May you let me know who on Rotorua installs corrugated fencing,and can design a look to suit my property.Looking at Feb 2022.

  2. I love the information on the Pros and Cons. Do you have information on companies that install these fences in the Metro Atlanta Georgia area?

  3. I’m curious about the metal’s effect of heat and sun’s reflectivity on plants (and eyes). We spend a lot of time gardening and looking at our South-facing fence. Any thoughts?

  4. Do metal fences have a good side and bad side? Can they have two good sides so that both neighbors have the same finish? Also, can one side be a color and the other side be a different color?
    Thank you

    • A corrugated metal fence with wood posts can have posts on one side. In this case it is polite to have the posts on the inside of the fence and the smoother/finished side facing out. Depending on the type of metal and design you should be able to paint the inside of a metal fence a different color.

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