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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.

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.

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 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 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
Thumbtack Customer
Had a fence removal and a new fence installed. Was in good communication throughout. Fence looks very good. Would definitely recommend.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Thumbtack Customer
VNC came out quickly to evaluate the job. After discussing the best layout for my fence, they gave me an estimate. Two days later all the fence poles were et, and a few days after that the fence was erected. All the fence is wrought iron and constructed by VNC trough welding, making the fence very sturdy. The people were polite and friendly. Their work was very professional, When I need more fencing, they will be who I call.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Thumbtack Customer
Replaced a 130 foot wooden fence. Looks great and stellar job! Took down the old fence and put in a new cedar fence. Super fast, professional, and great looking end product!
Queta Construction Group, LLCQueta Construction Group, LLC
John W.
Joe did a great job on my leaning fence. I would highly recommend him for any fence projects. I plan on referring him to anyone that needs any type of fence repairs.
Joe the fence guyJoe the fence guy
Thumbtack Customer
From start to finish the team working on my fence was professional and courteous. I love my new fence I will and would recommend Aloha Landscaping and Fencing to my neighbors and friends!! Thank You Dean and team!
Aloha Landscape & FencingAloha Landscape & Fencing
Kimberly A.
Jose & his wife did an amazing job of removing old fence and installing a new cedar privacy fence. Job was completed in a timely manner despite some rain and muddy yard conditions. And he only used screws to attach fencing - huge plus! We will definitely be hiring again in the future with any fencing needs for our properties. And will be referring to family/friends as well!
Jose IglesiasJose Iglesias
Thumbtack Customer
My large tree fell on my fence and Chris replaced the entire back fence. I have 3 dogs and he understood my urgency in replacing my fence. In addition he was aware of my neighbor's requests for her bird house and the decorations she had on he fence. I would call Chris again and I will give his number to my friends.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
George T.
After explaining what I needed done, was a fence repair, Mr Manuel responded within 24 hrs and fix the fence problem for a reasonable rate.
Duncan’s ServicesDuncan’s Services
Fredrick W.
Did a great job repairing .fence
Omar CastilloOmar Castillo
James C.
Really happy with the service and fence looks great.
Affordable Outdoor StructuresAffordable Outdoor Structures
Thumbtack Customer
Chris's is conscientious and takes pride in his job. He ensures that his customer is satisfied with the end result of the project. He is relentless in submitting bids to get the job. I recommend that you arrange a face-to-face meeting to look over the project and obtain accurate estimate on the job cost. My project involves Chris putting up a puppy fence to prevent my small dog from slipping through the fence. Chris came over within two days of getting the job.and promptly got to work. He manually welded individual pieces of iron stakes on to my existing fence to create a puppy fence. He also stabilized my fence by cementing and welding additional iron stakes to areas of weakness in the fence. Because the job was done in the rain, the fence was slightly crooked at the entry and some of the iron stakes were not centered. These are minor flaws. Overall I'm happy with the Chris's work. And My puppy will no longer be slip through the fence and attacking dogs.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Thumbtack Customer
remove existing iron fence and put a gate in.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Sabrena V.
Professional, conscientious and throughly completed fence repair.
Trinity Services and Electrical ContractorsTrinity Services and Electrical Contractors
Anthony L.
Fence came out very good for price. He had issues finding workers. Disposal took too long. Disposal was not done correctly. Had people coming to our house asking if we put our fence in their dumpsters. Referred them to fence company for resolution. Air not set correctly on air gun and nails penetrated to deep in pickets. fencing company Had to come back and put screws in pickets with our drill. Lack of detail. Gates built as promised, but very simple and not professional. Very good overall fence for price, just expect some issues.
Buenteo fencing/fence repairsBuenteo fencing/fence repairs
Thumbtack Customer
Chris did an excellent job on our fence gate. Our gate now works like new. I will hire him again when we need the fence replaced.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Amanda B.
Fencing was provided and installed in a timely manner, price was okay Needed done asap and got it done asap! I recommend this business to anyone needing a big or quick fencing fix!
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Thumbtack Customer
Christopher and his crew repaired my wood fence. He was very prompt, courteous and professional. They did excellent work and will definitely give them a call for any future fencing work.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Jessica B.
Thank you Henry and team for installing our fence!
Queta Construction Group, LLCQueta Construction Group, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job. Thanks for the great looking fence.
Jose IglesiasJose Iglesias
Thumbtack Customer
VNC Iron Works & Fencing is absolutely awesome! Chris is true to his word. I had a few areas of my fence that had rotted out. Upon sending some pics of the fence, he quoted a price. While at the house, Chris checked the entire fence, replaced other rotted areas at no additional charge. It's great to know there is people out there that are not out to take advantage of you. There's a reason why this company has a great reputation. They know how to treat their customers and they perform outstanding work. I highly recommend VNC Iron Works & Fencing for your next project!
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Natasha B.
Beto did an outstanding fence job! My fence is extremely straight and sturdy. The fence was replaced completely in a timely manner and highly professional manner. He made sure to coordinate and be understanding to my neighbors needs with her dogs. Everything was hauled off and exceeded my exceptions. He kept me updated throughout the process. The value he provided for the work was amazing! Pictures speak for themselves...My neighbor even hired him for her fence too!
E&B Landscaping and fencingE&B Landscaping and fencing
Thumbtack Customer
My new privacy fence is beautiful! The crew from Queta Construction worked diligently and my old fence was taken down and the new fence was installed in less than two days. The men that Mr. Rodriguez sent were very respectful and left all areas clean. I would hire Queta Construction for other jobs in the future.
Queta Construction Group, LLCQueta Construction Group, LLC
Raafat S.
Chris ensured the fence repair was done right. Reasonable price.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
Kathy G.
Fence looks amazing. They did a great job in a timely manner.
Affordable Outdoor StructuresAffordable Outdoor Structures
Thumbtack Customer
Built a new fence, real friendly and quick turn around.
ELITE Fence & WeldingELITE Fence & Welding
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