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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
Clint A.
Elijah and his team did an excellent job repainting my wrought iron fence. They wire brushed the fence, applied primer and then a top coat. They worked extremely hard to make an old tired fence look brand new. I highly recommend Elijah for fence repair and repainting projects.
YAHWEH's House fences/gates and decksYAHWEH's House fences/gates and decks
Khadija S.
Vic was quick to respond and was reasonable about a fence repair. He even offered to take videos and pictures to show how strong the fence would be. I’ll definitely use him again for other fence work in the area.
3rd Coast Projects LLC3rd Coast Projects LLC
Joanna F.
We had a new fence up within a week of contacting them and they did a great job! We will be contacting them to replace another fence soon.
Lonestar HandyworkLonestar Handywork
Wesley S.
I had a few sections of my fence that were ranging from very loose to nearly falling over. Quincy and his Mobile Q team were prompt, walked me through my options. Options are important because if you’re like me, fencing isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to the investments you want to make in your home. That said, I have high standards so if I was going to do a major fencing project I wanted it to look good. Quincy delivered, although he gave me an option to try to replace or pair the current posts or add more posts to the existing fence sections to stabilize it, I opted to replace the sections. They got right to work and efficiently built the fence on site. Everything is straight and sturdy now. They gave me an option of reusing the cedar toppers that go on top of the fence and I chose to do that because once I stain the fence you won’t know the difference. Great job! Very satisfied!
Mobile Q LLCMobile Q LLC
Bill W.
Mark was very professional and competent. Even though I ultimately used another fence contractor, Mark was responsive and promptly submitted a good bid. Unfortunately his bid did not meet my budget, but I would recommend his company for anyone looking for a capable fence contractor.
Delivered Fence LLCDelivered Fence LLC
Toni A.
I will always refer him for his good job done!!fence and gate he replaced looks good!!!!
Jose ReynaJose Reyna
Michael P.
Jayson is a master fence builder and provided a top end product. Also, he was very responsive to additional requests on my project.
JSS Ag ProductsJSS Ag Products
Wale O.
Warm, professional and trustworthy. He did a good job putting my fences back together and giving that piece of mind back.
Lopez home  services!Lopez home services!
Rizwan K.
He did a great job installing fence on one side of my backyard. Very hard working and punctual guy. He was working along so it took him almost the entire day to install 40 feet of fence. Work was done nicely. He quoted me lowest of all and also hauled my old fence away. Quality of work is very good but not excellent, I noticed a couple of pickets popping off the frame the next day. May be the wood quality was low but i was able to fix it myself. Overall I am satisfied with the price I paid and the result.
Royal Landscape Design LLCRoyal Landscape Design LLC
Braden K.
Our dog kept jumping over our fence so we needed to fill in the panels on the fence where the cross beams were showing. I got 3 quotes for this job and Empire beat the other guys by several hundred dollars. They were able to get the job scheduled in a timely manner and worked efficiently when they showed up. I would definitely hire them again.
Empire Concrete Leveling & ServicesEmpire Concrete Leveling & Services
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with this company and the install of our new fence! They were very responsive and worked very hard. I would recommend them to anyone.
Four Seasons Lawn & Landscaping ServicesFour Seasons Lawn & Landscaping Services
Chris M.
Robert came out to add a gate to my iron fence. He is very professional and came exactly when he said he would. The gate looks great.
DREAM FabricationDREAM Fabrication
David F.
Good experience. Anthony was responsive, and got the job done quickly. Couple of my neighbors came over to talk about how great the fence looked. Would recommend.
Dynamic Rehab the DR of Home ImprovementDynamic Rehab the DR of Home Improvement
Josh p.
These guys did a great job repairing two sections of our fence, really responsive plus they worked with my neighbor on his section too. I definitely recommend using their services. Very professional.
Mobile Q LLCMobile Q LLC
Cary M.
They did an amazing job on the fence for a very fair price. They even offered me better wood quality at the same price as the wood we were quoted for. They were also fast and got the job done in less than half a day.
Lopez FenceLopez Fence
Francisco was very accommodating, making adjustments and minor changes that I requested as the work progressed. The end product was a beautiful fence and 2 sturdy 2x4 framed gates. All work was accomplished in a timely and professional manner. The cost was considerably lower than the quotes of other bidders.
Lopez home  services!Lopez home services!
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Williams was quick to respond to my post for Fencing repairs and came out the next morning for an estimate. I was contacted promptly with a more than fair price for the work and Mr. Williams set out immediately to make the repairs having everything he needed on hand. The work was completed within hours. I will be keeping his number for any other work I may need in the future. Highly recommended.
Texas Handyman (In las Vegas)Texas Handyman (In las Vegas)
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