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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.

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 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 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 put up a chain-link fence?

Chain-link fence is one of the most affordable options for adding safety and value to your home or business. The national average chain-link fence installation cost is $2,750. Chain-link fences are relatively simple for the pros to install; a fence of less than 150 linear feet can often be put up in under one day. A good rule of thumb is to add an additional workday for each additional 100 linear feet of fence to be installed.

Chain-link fence installation costs are affected by the fluctuating cost of steel, regional labor rates, the height of fence you select, and the features you select, such as a powder-coated finish. The industry standard is galvanized steel, which is rust- and corrosion-resistant. Galvanized chain-link fence installation cost, including labor and materials, is typically $12 per linear foot. For a more contemporary and elegant option, black powder-coated galvanized chain-link fence might cost approximately $15 per linear foot on average, including materials and labor. For industrial sites or businesses, 10-foot-high galvanized chain-link fences may provide additional security, but also have an added cost. A 10-foot-high chain-link fence could cost $17-$18 per linear foot, including labor and materials.

Reviews for Ashburn fence professionals
Maria P.
We fenced our whole back yard with a combination of vinyl and wood. They provided good value and quality was not compromised. A neighbor damaged the fence within a day of it going up and Walker fence repaired it immediately. I recommend them for your fencing needs.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
David B.
Family Fence did an awesome job. Finished in one day and cleaned up everything. Fence is perfect!!
Family Fence Company of FL Inc.Family Fence Company of FL Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
The fence looks great!!!
Family Fence Company of FL Inc.Family Fence Company of FL Inc.
Christal M.
Fence looks great. Would recommend!
Russell's Hardscape and Masonry repairRussell's Hardscape and Masonry repair
Greg D.
Excellent work, very pleased with the fence.
Family Fence Company of FL Inc.Family Fence Company of FL Inc.
Chad A.
TBPM removed an existing fence, and installed a new fence in my back and side yard. Jerry came out the day after I had entered my request into thumbtack, and provide a very fair estimate. The fence was installed 3 days later, and it is fantastic. They removed the old fence, and stacked it where I had asked. During the installation, they came across some unknown issues, such as tree roots, and tackled them brilliantly. I would hire TBPM again without hesitation.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
Bennett D.
Used for fencing and irrigation- great crew great job
Rangeview Landscaping Ponds & IrrigationRangeview Landscaping Ponds & Irrigation
Zeke S.
Amazing work! My fence gate turned out perfectly.
Linthicum InstallationsLinthicum Installations
Priscila P.
Josie, Ron and crew are truly amazing! Professional and accommodating the entire time and the end result speaks for itself. I will definitely use again for my fencing needs (in a different house since the fence here is here to stay!).
Earth friendly lawn servicesEarth friendly lawn services
Amanda B.
Real nice people, did an excellent job on the fence. 100% will recommend
Earth friendly lawn servicesEarth friendly lawn services
Thumbtack Customer
Fixed the fence for a very reasonable rate. I would hire him again.
Lets Do it!!  Handy Man.Lets Do it!! Handy Man.
Cheri j.
still in process of contracting. asked for photos and have not received yet of different types of fencing.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
Charlotte R.
Everything from A -Z was top notch. I highly recommend Family Fence Company.
Family Fence Company of FL Inc.Family Fence Company of FL Inc.
Mike C.
I'm very satisfied with the quality of the work at a reasonable price. Jerry understood that I'm just trying to get a few more years out of an old wood fence and just replaced what really needed it. I highly recommend Tampa Bay Property Maintenance for wood fence repairs.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
Lauren S.
Erik responded quickly to complete a vinyl fence project that my last installer left unfinished. He did efficient and beautiful work with the fence and 3 gates and finished promptly, arriving earlier than expected on a Sunday morning and cleaning up impeccably upon completion. Very professional and reliable.
Erik MErik M
Steven G.
Good workmanship. Posts are plumb and panels level and square. Friendly crew made quick work of the fence project.
Rangeview Landscaping Ponds & IrrigationRangeview Landscaping Ponds & Irrigation
Michael G.
These guys did a fantastic job with our fence. It was a pleasure to do business with them, I would highly recommend them.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
Michael T.
Complete tear down and install of new fence. 6 foot wide gate in backyard, and two man doors, and about 170ft of fence. Concreted all the fence posts. Nothing bad to say. Professional and met schedule. Excellent communication. Hardworking crew. Quality was great. I got a couple quotes and price was better then the others, but the main reason I hired TBPM was that I felt more comfortable with Jerry and his team. I've had a hard time finding good Contractors since moving to FL...but this is one. Highly recommended.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
April S.
Installed a gate a section of fence in less than an hour for a very reasonable price. Did a great job, will be in touch for future projects!
Walker FenceWalker Fence
Kathy P.
Called for repairs to my fence, he came that very afternoon, and did the job, right then. Will use him again, when necessary.
SM BrothersSM Brothers
Trinka M.
I needed help with fixing my wooden fence from storm damage and Rangeview landscaping quickly responded and did a great job! :)
Rangeview Landscaping Ponds & IrrigationRangeview Landscaping Ponds & Irrigation
Thumbtack Customer
Franco replaced all the rotted posts around my fence and did a great job..he was honest, hardworking and professional ....I'm very happy.
Lets Do it!!  Handy Man.Lets Do it!! Handy Man.
Michael H.
Monte did what no one else could. He helped us fabricate a portion of our fence and turned it into a swinging gate extension. Thanks so much!
“Monte’s Metal LLC”  Welding and Fabrication“Monte’s Metal LLC” Welding and Fabrication
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and great customer service. I had 3 estimates done, they were in the middle. We chose them because they are liscensed, insured, and promised to have Fence finished in 1 day. Two weeks after estimate, their crew was here as promised and they did a fantastic job! Very friendly and hard working. I would recommend (and actually have already) this company to anyone who is looking to have a new fence.
Family Fence Company of FL Inc.Family Fence Company of FL Inc.
Sara G.
Wow, my yard looks amazing! Quality work and great price for the vinyl fence. Worth every penny. Much nicer than wood. I am ecstatic.
Walker FenceWalker Fence
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