Fence Gate Costs

Learn everything you need about the factors that impact fence gate costs! We dive into how materials, styles and sizes impact the cost of your new fence gate.
Renee Lewis
Renee Lewis
Last Update:
May 11, 2023

How much does it cost to install a fence gate?

Once you have a fence installed, it is time to start thinking about a new fence gate! Whether you are adding a gate to an existing fence or putting up an entirely new fence along with your gate, gates can majorly increase your curb appeal. 

There are many choices for gate materials, decorative hardware, and sizes. All of these factors will impact the cost of your fence gate home improvement project. Installation is another factor in the total cost. There are DIY fence gate kits you can buy and install by yourself and will cost just a couple hundred dollars. Then again, if you want to pay a handyman for professional installation that will increase your fence installation cost. 

Coming up with an average cost of a fence gate can be difficult because of the wide range in types of fences. Some say the national average cost of a fence gate is about $400. But that is true for the type of fence gate that takes you from your front yard to your backyard, or into your garden. 

Another average price often cited is about $2,000. This average cost includes bigger types of fences that have expensive hardware like automatic openers, security cameras and intercoms. 

Fence Cost Calculator

Ergeon makes it easy for you to get a quick estimate with its online fence cost calculator. All you need to do is insert your address and then build your dream fence using the high quality accurate 3D models in the fence calculator.

You can choose from over 20 fence types and Ergeon’s fence cost calculator will return an estimate of the price per linear foot including material plus installation. Included in the options in the fence calculator are gate options. When you look at the fence gates cost estimator it will give you an estimated total cost for the fence gate. For example, putting in a zip code for my hometown and choosing a custom wooden fence gate returns an estimate of around four hundred dollars for materials and installation

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Gate cost by type

The price of your new gate will depend on a number of factors including what type of fence gate you want to have installed. These range from your average privacy fence gate that goes to the back yard for example, up to a security gate with high-tech features that will significantly increase the cost of your fence gate.

Security Gate

The total cost of a security gate can range from $3,000 to $12,000 dollars to install. Features like taller gates and security technology drive the cost of this type of fence gate up higher. Security fences can have cameras, keypads, motors for opening, and even intercom systems.

Driveway Gate

A driveway gate can cost you from about $2,000 to $6,000. This is for an automatic driveway gate that you can open from the comfort of you car as opposed to a manual gate you would need to get out and unlock yourself each time you returned home. 

If you wanted to add on additional home security features, the total installation cost could be as much as $12,000!

Privacy Gate

Privacy gates are some of the least expensive types of fence gates to have installed. These are the types of gates that can take you through from your front yard to your backyard, into your garden, or a small gate in a front yard wooden picket fence.

The total cost of a privacy gate can be as low as $200. However, you can choose materials like wrought-iron for the gate or fancy decorative hardware. Doing that can drive that cost up by thousands of dollars!

Fence gate cost by material

The type of material you choose to use for your fence gate will be one of the main factors in the total cost. Wood is still one of the most popular materials for fences and fence gates. That is likely because wood is a durable material and on the lower end of the price spectrum. Metal fences from wrought-iron, steel or aluminum are the more expensive fence gate materials.

Wood Gate Cost

A wood fence gate will generally cost you at least $400. That cost can range up to about $4,000 depending on height, type of wood, and hardware choices. $400 is the average cost for a manual wood gate. If you are interested in an automated wood gate that can be opened remotely, that will start at about $850 and range up to over $8,000.

Chain Link Gate Cost

Chain link fence gates join vinyl as one of the least expensive fence gate material options! These gates start at around $200 and can go up to about $1,000.

Vinyl Gate Cost

Like chain link fence gates, vinyl fence gates are an affordable option for many homeowners. The cost of a vinyl fence gate also starts at $200 and ranges up to $1,000. If you are interested in an automated vinyl fence gate, that price could be as high as $5,000.

Aluminum Gate Cost

Aluminum fence gates, like other types of metal fences and gates, are more expensive than wood, chain link or vinyl fences. The cost of an aluminum fence gate starts at around $2,000. Like all other types of gates, making it automated will raise the price significantly. An automated aluminum fence gate could cost over $8,000.

Metal Gate Cost

Metal fence gates can be made of different materials, but when most people inquire about a metal gate they are talking about a steel gate. Steel fence gates start at about $600 for manual options, and can be as over $8,000 for automated versions.

Wrought Iron Gate Cost

The price range a wrought iron fence gate, like the other metal fence gate options, will start around $600 and range up to $8,000 for an automated gate.

Other fence gate cost factors

Height and Width

Front yard fences are usually three or four feet tall while backyard fences are around six feet tall. They can be even taller for privacy or to accommodate large vehicles like RVs. The height of your fence may be limited by municipal rules or HOA regulations, so be sure to check those before finalizing your plans!

The biggest driver in cost as far as size, however, is width. The type of gate that goes into your backyard or garden is usually about four feet wide. This type of fence gate costs from two hundred to four hundred dollars. That is known as a single swinging gate.

A double swinging gate is eight feet wide and is big enough for two swinging doors. This will double the cost of your single swinging gate so the average cost for a double swinging gate ranges from four hundred dollars to eight hundred dollars.

Driveway fence gates are larger than the double swinging gates, and can range from ten to twelve feet wide. Driveway fence gates can cost from one to three thousand dollars.

Hardware and Accessories

On top of materials and size, the type of fence gate hardware and accessories you decide on can definitely impact your overall fence gate cost. For a gate, you will need hinges, handles, latches, locks and possibly even other types of hardware. 

There are even decorative pieces of hardware that you can add to your fence gate just for fun! Designer hinges can cost nearly four hundred dollars, so keep that in mind while designing your budget for your fence gate project.


For the most expensive types of gates, security gates, you can add cameras, intercoms, electronic lock keypads, and automatic gate openers. These types of features will set you back from one to six thousand dollars if you have them all installed.


Unless you want to make your new fence gate a DIY project, you will also need to factor in the labor costs for installation to get your overall cost estimate. On average, fence installation by a professional will cost around eighty dollars per hour. 

Fence contractors typically charge by the hour. This type of project can usually be done in one day, in anywhere from four to eight hours. So the average cost of labor is close to five hundred dollars.


In order to keep your fence gate looking its best and to get the most out of your investment, be sure to keep up with regular maintenance. The type of maintenance you need to do depends on what type of fence material you decide on.

A wooden fence gate, just like a wooden fence, needs to be painted or stained regularly to help it last its longest. A wooden fence can last twenty years with proper maintenance.

Steel fences and fence gates usually require no maintenance. That is, of course, unless debris or dust builds up on the fence. Then a quick spray down should help it look great again!

Vinyl fences and fence gates also benefit from a regular spray with water. It keeps them looking like new and prevents build up of dust or other things that could dampen the color fence you chose.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of gate is the cheapest?

A single swinging fence gate in any material is the cheapest type of gate and is going to cost the least. Vinyl or chain link are generally the cheapest material to use for your fence gate. However, you need to consider the installation cost as well as the size of the fence gate to determine which is the cheapest.

How much does it cost to put a gate on a chain link fence?

A chain link fence gate costs around two hundred dollars to have installed. But this price can be as high as $1,000 depending on the height of the fence and its width.

How much does it cost to build a custom gate?

The cost of a custom gate will depend on various factors like the type of material you want to make the fence out of as well as the height and width of the fence gate. Other things like whether it is a sliding or swinging gate can have an impact on the price. Finally, hardware and accessories can drive up the cost especially if you are putting in an automated fence gate or wanting to add security cameras and intercoms.

Is a sliding or swinging gate better?

The answer to this question depends on your definition of better. A swinging gate requires more space to swing open while a sliding gate does not require much clearance in front of it to swing open. So if you have limited space, a sliding gate could be a better option. However, if you are more focused on keeping the cost of the gate down, a sliding gate costs more in general than a swinging gate. Sliding gates need a track and rollers whereas a swinging gate only requires hinges.

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