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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

What are some common gate repairs?

The most common gate repairs tend to be associated with a sagging gate. A gate repair professional will check the hinge system. If the hinges have come loose, they will detach the gate, set the hinges in the proper location and reattach everything. 

Another common repair is replacing or repairing a sagging fence post by digging a new posthole and/or using a concrete footing.

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.

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 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.
Reviews for Ashburn fence professionals
Lilly M.
HighLand Fence did an amazing job replacing my back fence & two side section of my fence in between my yard & my neighbors. I requested 3 companies to come out & HighLand Fence responded within a timely manner regarding my additional questions. They were upfront about what they can & cannot do and did not pressure me to make a decision & allowed me to think about my options. They completed my fence replacement in 2 days. The 2 men team working on my fence were friendly, helpful to answer my questions & professional. They cleaned up everything when they were done. This was my first time hiring help to replace my fence & I’m thankful I made the right choice hiring HighLand Fence.
HighLand Fences LLC,HighLand Fences LLC,
Bryan M.
Good Fence good communication
Artisan Installations LLCArtisan Installations LLC
Jenna K.
Fixed fence so it's as good as new!
Amazing Doctor LLCAmazing Doctor LLC
Jake G.
Very professional and quick. the new fence looks perfect.
G & I Fence and Deck Unlimited LLPG & I Fence and Deck Unlimited LLP
Jon M.
You know that sound if you live in the Seattle area...it sounds like a freight train running full speed outside and it doesn't stop for hours! Wind speeds in excess of 50 MPH overnight snapped the 4x4's to the gate and the adjoining fence panel on the west side of our home, snapped another 4x4 in the back fence and blew over a 30+ foot juniper tree in the front yard. Shiny was one of only three contractor teams to respond within two days of my inquiry. While his bid was not the least expensive overall, the work of his team and overall value was excellent. Shiny was very flexible to our requests and offered ways to ensure that the performance of the fence and gate replacement would outperform the original. I also had the team replace additional fencing (70 feet total). They did an outstanding job replacing the fence, gate, the individual post in the back fence and removed the tall tree (and stump!) that had blown down in the front yard. To the best of my observation, all work was done without damage to our in-ground irrigation system and landscaping. All old fence materials and the fallen tree were hauled per their bid. Day One: Removed all old fencing, posts and concrete. Set concrete on all new posts. Day Two: Built fence and created gate segment. Day Three: Completed gate and removed fallen tree.
Shiny General Contractor LLCShiny General Contractor LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The fence looks great. Mr Hartoff was very professional and did an excellent job at an affordable price.
Hartloff Property RestorationHartloff Property Restoration
Emily F.
Fast response and great work. Fixed our fence that was in need of repair after poor installation by another company. Looks better than it did when first installed. Great price also! Very glad I found Fencing Company, LLC. Will hire again.
Fencing Company, LLCFencing Company, LLC
Lyca S.
Excellent job and a pleasure to work with I would recommend them to anyone needing a great fence!
Hello Neighbor Fencing LLCHello Neighbor Fencing LLC
Brenda R.
Needed part of fence that was detached & other rotting boards to be replaced but mostly the detached part. Edgar did a great job! I was even happy to see him arriving with a mask & social distancing. He used quality cedar boards as well. Price was fair, too. I would call him again in the future & refer him to family or friends in need of a fence repair or a new fence! Attached is before & after pics of the detached part ( kinda hard to see with tree branches).
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Kristi W.
I worked with Jimmy to get an old fence removed and a new fence installed. He was extremely responsive, came and gave me a quote the same day and really explained the process and the cedar product he uses. His team was very professional and they did such a great job installing the new fence, it looks so nice. His price was very competitive and they got it done in 2 days and were able to fit me in quickly. I would highly recommend Jimmy.
De Dios Construction LLCDe Dios Construction LLC
Jim X.
Florent was fast to give me an estimate. Prices very good and workmanship solid. Thank you Highland Fences!
HighLand Fences LLC,HighLand Fences LLC,
Ashley M. W.
They did a beautiful job. I have a corner lot where portions of the fencing were replaced by the previous owners at different times. They seamlessly integrated the new fencing into the style of the old. They were courteous, punctual and cost efficient. I am already using them for other jobs around my house. I highly recommend!
Towers M General ContractorTowers M General Contractor
Teresa C.
Jose presented me the best game plan for replacing a 120 ft. fence behind one of the buildings at our townhome complex. His quote was the best for what we were getting; a very high quality fence that should last 30+ years. His crew did excellent work; started and finished the project on time. They were a pleasure to work with. I will gladly hire Calel’s Landscaping again!
Calel's landscapeCalel's landscape
Jodee M.
He had originally come over to do estimate of my two fence gates. He ended up fixing them right on the spot. Set a post in concrete, replaced broken chewed up pieces of wood. Made them open and close better than they have the whole time we owned the house. Very impressed, would definitely use when we are ready to replace the whole fence.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Linda K.
Christian and his team were great to work with. They built a new replacement fence between us and our neighbor on a sloping hill. They also repaired 2 sections of our back fence with a failing retaining wall that the neighbor didn’t want to tear out and fix. Christian was the only contractor out of 4 that we had look at it, that was willing to take on that difficult fix for us. Thank you. I would highly recommend Christian and his team.
Landscape Creations, LLCLandscape Creations, LLC
Kim R.
Quick to respond to my inquiry and quick to start the work fixing our fence. He was professional and did a great job! We would definitely hire them again! Highly recommended!
Step by step construction llcStep by step construction llc
Derrik H.
Pedro came out to the property for a quote the same day I submitted this project, then arrived with his team the next morning to start and finish the fence repair. Great guy to work with and highly recommended!
P&A landscapingP&A landscaping
Pam T.
I recommend them wholeheartedly. They came the next day for a quote and began the day after. They were half the price from Lowe’s! The fence looks amazing. My neighbor is calling them next.
P&A landscapingP&A landscaping
Sameer Valiah P.
Pedro and his team helped us with our fence problem, they were quick to response and gave a fair estimate. The arrived on time and did great work. I would definitely recommend him!
P&A landscapingP&A landscaping
Amanda S.
I’m very happy with my experience with Devoted Construction. They were easy to communicate with, did quality work, and for a fair price. I would definitely recommend them to anyone that needed their fence repaired.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Rana G.
Very responsive. Showed up on time and completed our fence removal. Did a great job and cleaned up after the job was finished. Very professional. We look forward to working with them again in the future.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Jessica M.
Such a great experience! We just had a new fence installed, and the crew did a phenomenal job. They quoted us a very fair price, showed up timely, and got the work done quickly. Definitely recommend!
Shiny General Contractor LLCShiny General Contractor LLC
Don L.
Pedro completed the fence repair job with quality, on time and on budget. He was very courteous and conscientious. I have already talked with him about another landscaping project, and will definitely consider him for other work. Recommended to all.
P&A landscapingP&A landscaping
Darren B.
I couldn’t be more pleased. Fixed my fence as promised, and it looks great. I was also so impressed with the care for my property. They had to work around a lot of landscape, and they did it without damaging anything, and that is not easy. Thank you!!!
Step by step construction llcStep by step construction llc
Lorraine C.
Allan and his father built a gate for me and three feet of fence around the gate only to stabilize and have it attach to something I like the gate. Especially the front. (Please see photos ...front and back). They say...a picture speaks a thousand words
A & R Hernández General ContractorA & R Hernández General Contractor
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