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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 San Marcos fence professionals
Chris E.
I'm a building contractor and rental property owner and Jerry's my fence "go-to-guy". If you have or need fencing, you'll want to know Jerry. Because Jerry knows fences. He knows being responsive, super competent, responsible and properly tooled up/outfitted to do multiple types of quick-paced fencing at a competitive price. Tech savvy? Yup, that too. Give'em a call, you'll be glad you did.
Fencing By JerryFencing By Jerry
Johnny G.
Jerry is the best! We love our new vinyl fence, and could not be happier.
Fencing By JerryFencing By Jerry
Jimmy H.
Jerry did an excellent job installing our fence. Thanks Jerry 👍👍👍👍
Fencing By JerryFencing By Jerry
Thumbtack Customer
Chadd did a great job on rebuilding our fence. We will definitely call him to do other jobs!
Chadd Rule Hauling and Fencing servicesChadd Rule Hauling and Fencing services
Senthil K.
Jerry did a wonderful job in a competitive price. Nice workmanship with very good knowledge on fencing and various material options
Fencing By JerryFencing By Jerry
Lidio M.
I hired Misael to fix my fence and he did an excellent job. I would hire him again.
OV COOV CO
Wayne A.
Chris has been very professional, timely service and quality of service. Would definitely use Chris again for fence and gate work.
Smith MetalworksSmith Metalworks
Harold H.
My side yard gate and fence was rotted with the gate off it’s hinges and the post in bad need of replacing. He was able to install and cement a new post and get the gate back on with new hardware. Everything turned out great and he was really nice to work with. Definitely will reach out to him if I ever need any other gate or fence repairs/installs.
J&P fenceJ&P fence
Matthew L.
Jean is a true professional. After damaging part of my fence, Jean responded immediately with a quote and availability. He was transparent about what needed to be done to fix and was very reasonable in price. I will be going to Jean and referring his services!
J&P fenceJ&P fence
Thumbtack Customer
Rob did a fence install for us. We are very satisfied. His work is skilled, fast and professional. Our experience was overall a very good one. His portfolio includes fine woodworking as well. We will call Rob again when the need arises.
Rob WilkinsonRob Wilkinson
Thumbtack Customer
Jose Torres and his helper Jose Leyva did an outstanding job repairing my wooden fence which was damaged due to strong winds. He showed up at my house very promptly and gave me a decent estimate. He was very thorough in explaining what needs to be done and very honest about his pricing. So I hired him. He and Jose Leyva showed up on Super bowl Sunday at 8am and I'm very satisfied with the job they have done. Then they cleaned up afterwards. I highly recommend Jose Torres to anyone.
Jose TorresJose Torres
Greg C.
Garnet was very responsive, very courteous, punctual, and competitive with his pricing. Hired to replace 3 fence posts and repair a gate that was sagging badly due to related fence posts being rotted out. The work was technically completed, although the final gate installation is far from optimal (see pictures) and will require significant rework. He said the result was because the original gate was not built properly. I think it was actually a situation where more adjustments were needed to correct the sagging gate than simply replacing the rotted posts. Instead of stopping and notifying me of issues, he introduced several workarounds that will have to be reworked. In the end, I don't think the required work was well understood. I would have preferred him to say it was either going to cost more before the work started, decline the work, or stop when he ran into issues so we could reassess. Instead one of the posts planted in concrete is not level causing the final gate to lean and additional stray wood was added so the gate would partially close, but not in a proper way. I will say he worked hard all day and I'm sure did his best. It would have just been better to stop and reassess when things were not working out as expected than to deliver a marginal result. My suggestion would be to ensure mutual and clear expectations on what you want done to avoid surprises or unexpected rework. For the right job, I'm confident he would do a very good job.
Allen Installment and Home ImprovementAllen Installment and Home Improvement
Jason R.
Hired JC handyman to build and install two new fence gates on each side of my house. My gates were pretty beat up and the posts were broken. He came out to take measurements and we decided on a day for him to come back to do the job. I had something come up the day we decided on. So I messaged JC handyman to reschedule. He kindly said it wasn't a problem and we decided on another day he could come by. The gates he installed are just what I asked for. I had the posts replaced one gate widened and the other gate made taller. They seem sturdy and open and close with ease. I am happy with the work JC handyman did at my home. I'll keep him in mind if anything else comes up that needs fixing. Thanks again
JC HandymanJC Handyman
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