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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 Vista fence professionals
Arash S.
Jean did a great job replacing our old fence. He was on time and finished the job in a timely manner. He’s very friendly and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend J&P Fence.
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Megan F.
Gate installation with our existing fence turned out awesome! Appreciated the responsiveness and quick turnaround.
West Coast MetalworksWest Coast Metalworks
Tiffany T.
Just stunning! I’m so impressed with the outcome. The fence is beautiful 😍 It was such a pleasure working with Jerry & his workers.
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Anne M.
The new fence is hiding my neighbors airb&b people and I am very happy. Jerry installed it in one day.
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Casey C.
Jerry is nothing short of fantastic! He and I met and discussed a large horizontal fence install. Not only did he deliver the design I had hoped for, he was thorough enough to see some of the areas of the fence that would have to be slightly modified because of slope and angle, and was able to speak to me about them so I understood the nuisances not apparent in my simple design idea. He handled all material purchases, he created exactly the fence he said he would, and was a gentleman to work with. I'm already looking for more projects for him.
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Kristina L.
Ramos did an awesome job replacing the fence in my yard. He was timely with a response and finished the job within a days work. 👍🏼
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Mariana F.
We had a pretty large and challenging project, to the point where a couple other fencing companies that looked at the job never even gave us a bid. Ricardo figured out the project, answered all of our questions and did very high quality work. We are very pleased with our new fencing. Check out a couple of the before & after photos.
Calmo’s LandscapeCalmo’s Landscape
Matt K.
Jerry and his crew are the real deal. He was able to crush the competition on his quote with a direct supplier for the white vinyl fence. Showed up on time, was responsive, and did a stellar job. Save yourself the time and stop searching...this is your guy!
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Som J.
I hired this contractor for my vinyl fence project. Jerry was polite, and responsive. He gave me a fair price and stuck to it. He showed up on time , worked diligently and cleaned up well after the job. I'm happy with the result and i would hire him again.
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Mark A.
Jerry Rodriguez installed a vinyl privacy fence and gate. It was for my backyard it is shared with my neighbor. We each had a gate installed. Jerry is a real pro from tip to tail. He engaged my neighbor and I as we discussed our objectives. His proposal was submitted right away and it was on point. Jerry used a small crew for this job that were highly efficient and did not need to be babysat at all. The job site was kept clean and organized throughout. Mr. Rodriguez is going to return to our cool neighborhood community and Install additional fencing for me, likely my neighbor and other folks in our development. Thank you Jerry and thanks to your team as well.
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Thumbtack Customer
Artistic Solutions came to my house promptly and provided the best bid. They started the project quickly, finished quickly, cleaned up the work site and did everything they said they would do without any hassles. I would use them again and I recommend them to anyone needing a fence constructed.
Artistic Solutions LandscapingArtistic Solutions Landscaping
Matt N.
Jerry did an excellent job on my 2 fences! Of the 5 contractors I interviewed, he offered the best price and left the best impression on me. If you’ve ever dealt with contractors who are terrible communicators, never respond to phone calls or texts, etc, rest assured…that is NOT Jerry. Jerry always responds quickly when you reach out to him, makes sure to communicate the plan and any changes, and does high quality work at a great price. You won’t regret hiring him!
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Bryant W.
I cannot say enough about how punctual these guys are. I received a phone call almost immediately after sending my first project inquiry in, they were out to check the property the next day on a Friday, and construction took place on the following Tuesday. They went over every option in construction cost with me, several design plans, and were there with materials and ready to work at 7:30am. All in all, their rates were a tiny bit more than some other quotes I got (5%), but they were on-site sooner than I got return emails from some of the others. The hardware used was high quality, and won't cause streaking later. They cleaned up everything quickly. When issues presented themselves - a buried concrete slab and a 1 ¼" water pipe that went unnoticed during a prior inspection and was damaged during construction - they were quick and well-equipped to make it right. For 23 linear feet of fence and three gates, they were done in about 8 hours, and we couldn't be happier with the results. After going without a fence for three years, these guys were in and out from concept to completion in just under a week. Highly highly recommend. (The last two photos are after sanding and staining.)
mere Ramosmere Ramos
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