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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to fix a fence?

The average cost of fence repairs is around $250, with most homeowners paying anywhere between $200 and $300. Fence repairs have a wide range of potential costs, however, ranging from $50 to as much as $1,443. The cost of your fence repair project depends on multiple factors, including where you live, what type of repair you need, the terrain and the fence materials used.

Contact several fence repair professionals near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your fence.

How much does it cost to fix a gate?

Gates can be more expensive to fix than other parts of a fence, and there are several reasons for this. The first is that gates are the only moving parts on a fence — hence they have more components that can wear out, as well as friction and the potential for rusting and sagging. Fixing a gate may require a total replacement or simply replacing certain components like hinges. Sometimes, the repair may involve fixing the surrounding fence.

Contact several gate repair professionals near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your gate.

Why does my gate sag?

A gate can sag for a number of reasons. One common reason is that the screws holding the hinges in the wood or other post material have come loose, causing gravity to pull the fence down. Another common problem is the gate post’s lack of stability. Posts can become loose and start to lean, or if they are wooden, they can even rot at the point where they meet the ground.

Should I repair or replace my fence?

Fence repair is better for common problems that only affect small areas, such as a broken picket or a shifting fence post. However, there is a rule of thumb to follow: If the repair project requires replacing 20% or more of your fence, it’s probably time to replace the whole fence. The exception to this rule is if the fence is fairly new and just part of it is damaged. 

What are some common fence repairs?

The most common fence repairs are aimed at fixing:

  • Missing boards or slats. This is a common problem with wood fences.
  • Fence material corrosion. This occurs on metal fences like chain link and iron.
  • A sagging gate. This could result from a tilting fence post or loose hinges.
  • Post movement. Typically, this is caused by frost, corrosion or water.
  • Stains. Moisture and other elements can stain fencing, which may require a professional to remove it.
  • Warping. Warped, curled, cupped or bent boards are unsightly and less effective and need to be replaced.

If you notice any of the above issues with your fence, reach out to fence repair professionals near you to start getting cost estimates and schedule an appointment.

Who installs fences?

Fencing contractors are the best choice when you want to have a fence installed on your property. While there are several types of professionals who can likely handle this service — including handymen, landscapers and general contractors — a fencing contractor has the experience to know what could cause potential problems in the long run. This might include wet spots, vegetation or other issues with the land. 

When choosing a professional to install a fence on your property, make sure they have credentials and experience.

How much does it cost to install a fence gate?

Adding a gate to your fence can be a practical way to provide access to a yard, work area or outdoor living space while ensuring safety and privacy. Gate installation costs will vary based on the gate material you select, the size of your gate, whether you install a fence at the same time, and any special features you’d like to add. Standard opening size for a single-wide gate is 4 feet; a double-wide gate is 8 feet. A small gate may be for decoration; a double-wide gate can be mounted on a rolling caster system to allow access for cars or wide loads. Here are some examples of average fence gate installation costs:

  • 4-foot, single-swing chain-link gate: $100 for materials and installation costs.
  • 28-foot wheeled chain-link gate on a caster system: $800-$1,000 for materials and installation costs.
  • 4-foot, single-swing wood gate: $75.
  • 8-foot double-wide wood gate: $150.
  • 4-foot white vinyl walk-through gate: $300–$400 for materials and installation costs.
  • 8-foot, double-wide white vinyl gate: about $800 for materials and installation costs.
  • White vinyl gate fence more than 8 feet wide: $1,200-$1,500 for materials and installation.
  • Arched black powder-coated aluminum pool gates: $175-$200 per gate.

How do you strengthen a fence gate?

If you think your gate needs reinforcement, hire a fence repair professional in your area. Squaring up a fence gate may require adding corner brackets, installing a cable and turnbuckle, and cinching and tightening the cable to the appropriate tension. All of these repairs, as well as digging a new post hole, require expertise and know-how.

How much does it cost to install a wood fence?

Help define your property line, protect your home and yard, and boost your curb appeal with a new wood fence. The national average for wood fence installation cost is $3,250. Wood fence installation costs will vary based on your geographic location, the type of wood you select, the height and style of wood fence you desire, and the condition of your property. Pressure-treated pine is a common and attractive choice that is usually resilient against rot and bugs. Cedar is another budget-friendly option that, although more expensive than pressure-treated pine, can be more affordable than redwood or teak. A wood fence requires maintenance to ensure its long-term health and beauty, so keep future staining and painting costs in mind when you’re calculating fence installation costs. Here are some examples of how height and material affect the approximate cost of wood fences:

  • 6-foot-high, pressure-treated pine fence: $15-$17 per linear foot.
  • 4-foot-high, pressure-treated pine fence: $13-$20 per linear foot.
  • Cedar fence: $18-$25 per linear foot.
  • 6-foot-high, double-sided (meaning both sides are uniform), pressure-treated pine fence with 6x6 posts: $25 per linear foot.
  • 12-foot-high, pressure-treated pine fence with custom detailing: $75 per linear foot.
  • 6-foot-high, pressure-treated pine fence with a custom lattice top: $30-$50 per linear foot.

What's the cheapest fence to install?

The cheapest type of fence to install is (usually) a chain-link fence. Averaging between $7 and $12 per linear foot, this type of fencing is strong and secure and allows homeowners to maintain visibility while adding protection to their property. Chain-link fences are constructed from steel coated in aluminum, vinyl or zinc for weather resistance. 

You can get a more accurate cost estimate for your chain-link fence by contacting professionals who specialize in installing these fences. 

Read our cost guide on fence installation costs to see prices for other types of fences.

Reviews for Elmhurst fence professionals
Debra C.
Julio did an excellent job building my good neighbor fence. My backyard is sloped and the fence slopes with the yard. The fence he replaced was different heights. I would highly recommend Julio and his crew for your fencing needs. I wish I could rate him a 10. He takes pride in his work and it shows. He left my backyard cleaner than he found it. I will definitely rehire him when I replace my other fences.
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Rae G.
Julio did a great job with the fence.
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Thumbtack Customer
Built a fence extension, on time, perfect job.
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Anneliese J.
Had a fantastic experience with Matt from Agellon Fence Restoration. We had a gate to our fence that we wanted to replaced. Matt was very responsive and was able to come our very quickly. The quality of the gate is great, matt had great suggestions and ideas. Matt was also very easy to work with he was very clear about everything. Extremely satisfied and we will certainly be using Agellon Fence Restoration for all of our future fence work and repairs. Very happy with our new gate.
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Ariel S.
Santos was attentive to detail, worked efficiently and built and stained a nice fence for us.
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Bill D.
Matt did a great job and saved our grape wood fence. A lifesaver!
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Alexa S.
Devin did an amazing job repairing and replacing part of our backyard fence. He was very responsive and easy to get in touch with, and got the job done quickly and professionally. The new fence is sturdy and looks wonderful! We will definitely hire him again.
DevCo Building Enterprises, LLCDevCo Building Enterprises, LLC
Maria B.
santos was great to work with! he came to look at my fence the same day i requested service and then did the work the next morning. the fence he fixed wasn’t exactly level and he fixed his work quickly without complaint. thank you!
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Jen G.
After many other contractor no-shows, I found Bin for my fence project and I'm glad I did. He built a long horizontal plank fence for me, and cleaned up many years of ivy overgrowth. The difference is amazing. I was very happy with Bin's communication, professionalism, quality of work, and how quickly he completed the work. I even had him do a second smaller lattice fence and gate for me. Happy that I found Bin. Thanks.
Quick Yard CareQuick Yard Care
Surj G.
We were really happy with Bin and Quick Yard Care's work on our fence. We've become frustrated with how hard it is to even get estimates from most contractors, and we were finishing a fence project badly done and then abandoned by another fence company. Bin gave us a reasonable estimate, was very flexible when we had to rework part of it based on a slip-up on my part, and wrapped up quickly. Two thumbs up!
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Derisa G.
I *highly* recommend Julio. He was fantastic: he is professional, pays attention to details, and does beautiful work. I got about 5 estimates to remove a metal fence and install a wooden fence from in front of our house. Julio was the only contractor of the five who showed up when he said he would, and that mattered to me (if someone doesn't show up on time to do the estimate then I don't know if they'll show up on time to do the work). The price Julio quoted me was quite reasonable- in the middle of the range. He came when he said he would to do the work and he was meticulous in removing our old metal fence, and then in measuring, cutting, and installing the wooden fence. And the fence itself is well-constructed and beautiful. Little details such as aligning the screws (?- don't know if that's what one uses? bolts? nails? I don't know- but they're aligned), to cutting the fence precisely to work around our gate- it's really well done. I told my husband that the fence made me fall in love with our house again. Working with Julio was easy and his craftsmanship is wonderful. I can't recommend him enough.
Julio's FencesJulio's Fences
Shawn W.
They did a great job installing a new fence for me. Finished the work on time and on quality with a reasonable price!
Bay remodelingBay remodeling
Christina K.
Julio did a fantastic job replacing about 125ft of old wooden fence that had partially collapsed around my backyard. He had to deal with some slope, narrow spaces and a hedge growing close to the fence line. The project was completed as planned for a very reasonable price. Thank you!
Julio's FencesJulio's Fences
Joel R.
Jesus and team did a wonderful job on our new fence. Work as described and fast responsiveness. Would definitely recommend.
Dedrick G.
Did a high-quality job on the small area of the fence I needed to be repaired. It was a little bit on the pricey side though.
Daniels ConcreteDaniels Concrete
Waldi G.
Alisan did a good job repairing my fence. I will definitely hire him again for jobs around the house.
Jennette H.
Cruz and his team did a fantastic job. Had a new fence installed by my neighbor ahead of getting a puppy. Needed Dig Defense panels installed that I'd purchased from Home Depot. Cruz gave me a detailed explanation of his quote. He was able to cut the panels to work around concrete under the fence posts. Now more gophers tunneling under and my new little digger is unable to dig under the fence either. I'm super happy with the job. I highly recommend him.
Gardening CruzGardening Cruz
Doug F.
They did what they promised plus more. Rebuilt my fence and clean up my yard. It has never looked better.
Quick Yard CareQuick Yard Care
Eric L.
Virgilio and his team worked on my home, removing shrubbery and an old gate. He replaced it with a new fence and gates to enclose my backyard and provide me with additional privacy. His work was extremely well done and a pleasure to work with. Attached photo of before/during/completion. I would hire Virgilio for any future fence or decking needs
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Austin B.
Paulo was extremely timely, did excellent work, and was overall very professional. He replaced a significant section of fencing in our back yard.
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Alvin S.
Paulo - did a great job on the fence / gate. He arrived on time and completed the job on-time. I’m very satisfied with the job he did.
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Rafia C.
Paulo and his team did an outstanding job building a fence around our house. They were professional, and invested time and patience in the project with great craftsmanship. Paulo was committed to delivering the project as we liked, and made modifications along the way to accommodate our requests. We initially chose a paint color that did not look as good on the fence, and Paulo was very helpful and flexible in repainting a retaining wall and fence posts to a different color. The work is superb, neat, and very professional. Paulo is honest, sincere and committed to delivering quality work. We will definitely be reaching out to Paulo and his team for future projects.
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Cody S.
Paulo did an excellent job building my backyard fence. Several neighbors hired him afterward because they were so impressed as well. Highly recommend.
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Carmen K.
Santos did a great job fixing a very small part of my fence that needed reinforcing. It’s really hard to find someone who will take on smaller jobs so I was grateful he was so responsive and willing to help. He did a quick job and even went to Home Depot to pick up supplies. He was very fairly priced. Will be asking him to stain my fence soon!
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Marilyn B.
Paulo was wonderful from beginning to end. We needed a small section of fence built fairly quickly and Paulo came to our rescue. He responded to our inquiry within an hour and gave us a quote the same day. The work was started and completed the day after our initial meeting. We're very pleased with the result. We highly recommend Paulo for any fencing needs you may have.
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