Some people love metal fences.

If you are a metalhead is it always iron, or do you go for a bit of aluminum from time to time?

For newcomers to the world of fencing, it is a serious consideration.

When going for a metal fence, which material is best and what are the benefits of each one?

A few suggestions for helping you decide between an iron or aluminum fence would include the following headers:

  • Maintenance
  • Costs
  • Security
  • Durability
  • How Easy Are They Both To Install?
  • Versatility

Let’s take a closer look to help you make up your mind in the great Iron or Aluminum fencing debate.


It may not be the first consideration to enter your mind yet it is a significant one.

If a fence is not easy to maintain or involves a lot of maintenance, you could be looking at problems in years to come.

Rust is a big problem with metal fences.

Aluminum is a big winner here as it does not rust and if treated properly will not corrode either.

Iron does rust however but if treated properly in production it will be rust resistant.

The problem would lie where the iron might chip or crack; then rust can set in.


Aluminum can be a winner here too.

The price of aluminum can fluctuate but it tends to stay well lower than the cost of iron.

Aluminum may be more expensive than wood and vinyl to install, but it is still cheaper than working with iron fencing.

The long-term maintenance costs of iron add to the money involved.

If you are on a budget, aluminum fencing will work out better than iron when it comes to costs.


The iron fence fights back when it comes to security.

A significant advantage of working with iron fencing is that you can weld it. Aluminum can be welded but requires much more expensive welding equipment.

Aluminum fencing panels are screwed to the posts, while the iron ones weld to them. Anyone with a good power drill could remove an aluminum panel, but not so easily with the iron fence.

Iron is a stronger metal as well.

It will withstand impact far better than aluminum; it takes a lot to knock down an iron fence.

If security is a consideration, always go for the iron fence.


Another area where iron outscores its aluminum counterpart.

Due to its nature iron makes for a stronger fence.

Aluminum bends easily, which is useful when working with it but not where durability may be an issue.

If your fence is going to get constant use, such as kids climbing all over it, then you should consider how much hammering the iron fence can take.

How Easy Are They Both To Install?

Aluminum is very easy to work with when installing a fence.

It is lighter than iron and the panels screw easily into the posts.

However both fence types use the same tools and follow the same method when installing them on site.

There is little to choose between the two and installing them both is a fairly straightforward job.


Versatility leads on from the question of how simple is a fence to install.

Aluminum fence panels screw on to the fencing posts, where the iron ones usually weld into place.

Being on a screw makes it easier to put in corners or place the fence around an obstruction, such as a tree in the yard. Iron is a bit more rigid and isn’t as easy to maneuver into place.

If your yard is on a slope, then aluminum is easy to move over the gradient by using the stepping method.

Iron doesn’t step over hills as easily.

If you have an awkward spot to fence, then aluminum is a much more versatile fencing product to use.

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