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Corrugated Metal Fence: 4 Benefits Of Metal Fencing
Lauren Risotto

By: Lauren Risotto on July 6th, 2020

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Corrugated Metal Fence: 4 Benefits Of Metal Fencing

Metal | Homeowner Education


Tired of looking at your neighbors when you're in your backyard just trying to enjoy some peace and quiet?

A fence is a great solution to create some privacy and security to your property. However, there's more to a fence than just the functionality. When the right material is chosen, it can enhance the overall curb appeal of your property. 

Fencing comes in many different kinds of material. The two most popular fencing materials used are wood and vinyl. While these are certainly fine choices that get the job done, they are common and seen everywhere.

If you are looking for than just a chain link fence and want something that is more attractive than a concrete wall and lighter than wrought iron, consider using corrugated metal fencing. A corrugated metal fence offers a unique look while also being durable.

Western States Metal Roofing manufactures corrugated metal roofing and siding panels, but we have also worked with customers that have used these panels as materials for ceilings , accent walls, and more. We have recently seen more customers that are looking for a corrugated metal fence.

While it's a versatile material that comes in a wide range of colors and offers a lot of exciting design possibilities, we realize a metal fence in corrugated metal is not right for every home.

In this article, we're going to discuss the top 4 benefits of using corrugated steel panels to install a corrugated metal fence and how it compares to alternative fencing materials.

Corrugated Metal Fencing


1. Corrugated Metal Fencing Will Last A Long Time

When you choose corrugated metal fencing, you are getting a product with excellent longevity. The lifespan of a corrugated metal panel is generally 40-60 years.

By comparison, a vinyl fence will last roughly 20-30 years .

2. Durable And Low Maintenance

One of the major benefits of corrugated metal is that it's a durable metal fence panel that will hold up well no matter what climate you live in. It can handle extreme temperatures, rain, snow, or hail. Corrugated metal is also resistant to rusting, so it will keep its desired appearance regardless of the weather.

The material is also resistant to rot and mold, so you won't have to worry about the corrugated fence falling apart prematurely or becoming filled with termites.

A corrugated metal fence doesn't require the same amount of tender loving care that you would need to give to other fence types. A wood fence needs more ongoing maintenance to look good and perform correctly. This can include needing to be stained, painted, or have a sealant applied to help prevent moisture issues.

While a vinyl fence does not have these issues, it's not as strong a material as wood or metal and can come apart with enough pressure.

3. A Corrugated Metal Fence Is Unique

We touched on this in the beginning, but corrugated metal is not your run of the mill fencing material. The unique look of corrugated metal will make your home stand out from the rest on your block.

Corrugated metal comes in almost every color you can think of. You can choose something vibrant that will stand out or a neutral tone that will blend in.

There is not one right way to design a corrugated metal fence. You can also combine metal with other materials to add to your unique design. Recently we've seen wood beams being used to frame the corrugated metal for a nice modern looking contrast. Between the different colors and finishes it comes in, there are a lot of ways to be creative in your design with a corrugated metal fence.


4. Corrugated Metal Fencing Is Affordable

When looking at cost, remember there is a large variation in quality (and therefore price) in all material categories depending on what you choose. Metal fencing does not require the thickest metal gauge which means a more affordable, 29 gauge corrugated panel is suitable to use for fencing.

Compared to other types of fencing, corrugated metal will often come out as being the most affordable . This is especially true when you factor not having to pay for upkeep on metal or having to pay for the fence to be replaced since it lasts longer than other materials.


How Much Does A Corrugated Metal Fence Cost?

Prior to the steel storage of 2021, corrugated metal fence averaged $10-$12 per linear foot. However, the price of steel has temporarily gone up significantly due to the ongoing steel shortage. Once the industry stabilizes, we anticipate prices will regulate.

By comparison, vinyl, another common type of privacy fencing, averaged $20- $35 per linear foot prior to 2020. However, the price for vinyl fencing has surged recently as well.


Is A Corrugated Metal Fence Cheaper Than Wood?

Even with construction materials seeing a price surge throughout 2021, corrugated metal continues to be a more affordable material to use for fencing. Prior to 2020, wood averaged $9- $18 per linear foot. However, similar to the price of steel, the price of lumber has seen a drastic increase due to shortages.



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Corrugated Metal Fence Designs

The design options for a corrugated metal fence are seemingly endless. Corrugated panels come in a large variety of profiles, colors and finishes.

Corrugated panels are designed to have grooves and ridges that have an industrial look to them and make for a unique looking fence.

Below are the most common metal roofing panels on the market that can be used for fencing.

  • ½” Corrugated: A wavy panel with ½” corrugations. Each panel is 26” wide.
  • ⅞” Corrugated: A wavy panel that is wider and has deeper corrugations than ½” corrugated. The waviness is more profound with ⅞” corrugations and each panel is 39” wide.
  • R-Panel: Consists of squared ribs that are 1.25” in height. R-Panel is the corrugated panel with the closest resemblance to standing seam.

  • 7.2” Panel: Ribbed panel with a boxy appearance. These panels feature symmetrical ribs that are spaced 7.2” on center, with each rib measuring 1.5” high.


Western States Metal Roofing offers corrugated panels in over 100 standard and custom colors including:

  1. SMP Colors
  2. PVDF - Standard Colors
  3. PVDF - Special Order Colors
  4. PVDF - Matte Colors
  5. Specialty Paint Prints/Designer Colors
  6. Specialty Paint Print Catalog
  7. Real Rusted Roofing
  8. Vari-Cool Color Changing Paint System
  9. Metal That Looks Like Wood

This wide variety of colors gives you plenty of options when designing your fencing.

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Rusted Corrugated Metal Fence

Corten, or weathering steel, is another great metal option using for fencing. It develops a self-protecting rust when exposed to weather. Besides not needing to be weather proofed, corten fencing has a unique, rustic aesthetic.

For an additional way to incorporate corten into your outdoor space, consider also using it as landscape edging.


Corten Metal Fencing

Using Corrugated Metal For Fencing

If you're interested in looking more into a corrugated metal fence, a good start is to think of what kind of look you're going for and what color you're interested in using.

Do you want your metal fence to blend in with your property or stand out?

Just like when choosing a roof color , it's important to keep your surrounding features, such as a gazebo or other outdoor structure, in mind when choosing the aesthetic of your fence regardless of which fencing type you choose.

Colors of gates, landscaping, walls, and anything else nearby should be considered so that the metal panel color you choose will complement the design features you already have on or near your property.

Take a look at our color catalog to see all the design options available for your new corrugated metal fence.

Download Metal Panel Color Catalog

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Looking for additional ways to use corrugated metal panels for your home? Watch our video for ideas on home design using corrugated metal:


Corrugated Metal Roofing: The Ultimate Homeowners Guide


About Lauren Risotto

Lauren is the Content Manager at Western States Metal Roofing and provides insight on content creation and product promotions.