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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 San Jose fence professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Hugo replaced one fence post which was unsteady and he also put back another section of my fence which had fallen down . He gave a reasonable price and came in proper time and did a good job in my fence repair.
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Donald W.
Great work...we had shared fences as well as well as my back fence. My neighbor was so pleased he tipped the guys exponentially.
Vizcarra’s handyman & concreteVizcarra’s handyman & concrete
Prakash K.
Repaired a section of our backyard fence.
Santos ContractoSantos Contracto
Rudolph M.
Saia was a dedicated hard-working man who repaired my fence and made it look better than the rest of the existing fence. He is a good man.
Sanjay K.
Paulo replaced my gate and the the fence around it. He also added new posts. A month later, my HOA sent me a notice that the fence can’t be horizontal. So I called Paulo again and he came down and replaced the horizontal fence with vertical ones at a minimal price. Him and his associate were very professional and finished the work in a day the first time, and in a couple of hours for replacing the horizontal fence with the vertical one. I would definitely recommend him for any fence/gate install/repair work
paulo henrique azevedopaulo henrique azevedo
Ravikumar J.
Good experience. Fixed a sagging fence in an hour
Santos ContractoSantos Contracto
Ruchi R.
Excellent service! Very prompt, professional, honest, hardworking- finished a great looking fence within two days. Better than any fence we've had in the past!!
Tony W.
Very responsive and punctual, was able to fix it fence quickly
Jimenez constructionJimenez construction
Thumbtack Customer
I had a fence that fell down due to the wet weather. Dave worked ALL day and rebuilt the 3 sections of fence that had fallen and propped up the part that was sagging. I know have a reinforced fence that will last a while. We have a little move work to do, but Dave is on board to finish it off when the ground dries.
Gomes HandymanGomes Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I needed fence replacement at a duplex. Hugo came and did a great job. The fence looks very good. He also supplied multiple quotes so I could share the cost with the neighboring properties.
H Gutierrez Fences and Decks Construction hiH Gutierrez Fences and Decks Construction hi
Ran Y.
Hugo did an excellent job on my fence project. Highly recommend!!!
H Gutierrez Fences and Decks Construction hiH Gutierrez Fences and Decks Construction hi
Delores C.
Santos Stained my fence & Gazebo and I love it. Beautiful job.
Santos ContractoSantos Contracto
Rajesh B.
Nicholas was great and the fence work was amazing. Very friendly and committed to his customers.
Klein’s Custom WoodworkKlein’s Custom Woodwork
David R.
Did great work on putting up the fence as well as fixing our gate.
Macias Yard ServicesMacias Yard Services
Shirley Q.
The new replaced fence got lots of cracks within 2 weeks. After I reported the fence's issue, Javier came the following day and replaced 10 pieces of boards. Each piece is $6. He is still a responsible person for his work.
Jimenez constructionJimenez construction
Arun V.
Great experience working with Santos. He was able to fix the fence at a reasonable price on time
Santos ContractoSantos Contracto
Mayuri G.
Javier is a great guy for fence and gate installation. He is very professional and his prices are economical as well. He installed 2 gates and a new 6ft fence with lattice in a very short time. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a similar job.
Jimenez constructionJimenez construction
Arnab G.
Javier and his team did an excellent job getting my leaning fence back in shape!
Jimenez constructionJimenez construction
Thumbtack Customer
Ariel replaced our 50 ft fence and gate. The entire job went very smoothly and the crew were professional, courteous and kept a neat job site. The quality of the work and materials were excellent and we would gladly use AA Cardenas for our future fencing needs!
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Michael M.
Javier and his crew installed a fence around my property in a timely and professional manner. Highly recommended.
Jimenez constructionJimenez construction
Mike H.
John did a great job in solving my fence problem. I would highly recommend him.
Handyman JHandyman J
Gregory P.
Very responsible. Showed up on time and worked diligently until work was completed. Fence is very solid.
Macias Yard ServicesMacias Yard Services
David D.
Absolutely amazing work! We had a fence that was knocked down and the repair was extremely detail-oriented! Communication was clear, they went above and beyond to make sure the fence would withstand any storm. Thank you again! Highly recommend Absolutely Handy!! Fair pricing, amazing work, and great folks!
Absolutely HandyAbsolutely Handy
Michael C.
Great work by Andreas, arrived when he said he would and was quick and professional. Thanks for the fence repair!
Vizcarra’s handyman & concreteVizcarra’s handyman & concrete
Ivy L.
Santos was very responsive. He helped repair my fence within 1 day. Price is very reasonable. Recommended!
Santos ContractoSantos Contracto
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