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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 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.

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.

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 La Mesa fence professionals
Thumbtack Customer
A&R has done a great job with the fence. Thanks.
A&R HandymanA&R Handyman
Karen c.
The fence and gate were exactly as requested and of high quality.
E.R.G. Handyman servicesE.R.G. Handyman services
James B.
We are very happy with the quality of workmanship and materials for the fence installed. I would highly recommend them for your gate and fence installations. I will be having them doing more work here at my home for future fence and r v gate. Excellent service father and son really take pride in there work and very friendly.
Fence Repair and Installation (G Fencing)Fence Repair and Installation (G Fencing)
Casey S.
They did great work on my fence installation and concrete foundation.
C & F LandscapingC & F Landscaping
Jessica C.
Antonio was the best contractor for our fence installation! The fence turned out beautiful, I was truly amazed at the quality and professionalism through every step of our project. He responded immediately to my Thumbtack request and was able to come out quickly to assess the project's needs. We needed a 33 foot rod-iron fence replaced with a total privacy wood fence. He suggested various options, and promptly submitted a reasonable quote for a long-lasting, quality fence. Him and his wife are a team, they are respectful, friendly, professional and very detailed. When the stain I chose for the fence didn't turn out like in the brochure, they were happy to re-stain with a new color and didn't charge me extra. They cleaned up their work area immediately, and they ensured every step of the fence-making was done correctly. And we walked through together to review every column of fence planks to ensure the stain was done to our taste. When it rained a couple days later once we were done and the fence door expanded, I emailed Antonio and he came over to fix it. We love how the fence turned out, two toned so we can match the house trims but also bring some brightness to the area. The gate works nice and now we have the privacy we were hoping for. Thank you Antonio, I highly recommend his services - I know he paints and does some handyman work too!
Fence/ Handyman ServicesFence/ Handyman Services
Lora E.
Chadd is building a fence for my back yard. He is very professional and a hard worker. Very reasonably priced.
Chadd Rule Hauling and Fencing servicesChadd Rule Hauling and Fencing services
Keith M.
Juan did an excellent job building my fence. He was on time and finished the work promptly. I’ll use him again.
JC HandymanJC Handyman
Matt G.
Gerardo did a great job replacing my broken down old fence and also adding an extension, along with a second gate. He provided me a detailed estimate so there were no surprises, showed up on time, communicated well and completed the entire job in a day and a half. We've got more fence projects on the way and we'll be reaching out to Gerardo when we're ready.
Fence Repair and Installation (G Fencing)Fence Repair and Installation (G Fencing)
Craig W.
Quevin & his team installed a white vinyl fence with combination gate locks. He is very professional, a good communicator, & completed everything on schedule. They did great work. I'd hire them again
Fuentes ServicesFuentes Services
Jasmine T.
I needed a double gate and a little bit of fencing for my yard. Antonio did an excellent job and communicated well during the process. He was also very accommodating as far as scheduling. I would use him and his team again in the future.
Fence/ Handyman ServicesFence/ Handyman Services
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