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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
Duckhwan K.
We asked our fence fix and he fixed the fence nicely & quickly. We would like to recommend this business for any fence issue
Palisade Fence & Handy ServicesPalisade Fence & Handy Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great fence work
Honey Do Handyman & Fence ServicesHoney Do Handyman & Fence Services
Crystal c.
Very pleased with the cedar fence
Campuzano LandscapingCampuzano Landscaping
Aswin M.
They did a good job on the fence.
Rowdy Rodz LLCRowdy Rodz LLC
Angie R.
I’m so glad I hired JF Fence, they did a magnificent job, they came out Wednesday morning and were done on Thursday. Extremely polite crew. Thanks Jesus for a job well done! If anyone needs a fence you won’t go wrong with JF Fence.
JF Fence Co.JF Fence Co.
Supriya V.
Thank you so much for repairing the damaged fence quickly.
Honey Do Handyman & Fence ServicesHoney Do Handyman & Fence Services
Kim D.
Humberto's crew was very good. Did a good job on my fence.
HLT ConstructionHLT Construction
Luis R.
Madrid Fencing Company did an amazing job on our fence extension. So much so that a few neighbors are already asking who we hired. Juan which I'm guessing is the foreman solved all the problems that come with fence extending. The way they do their fencing is how I used to do it when I was first learning construction. Dig down 24 inches. Wheel Barrow the concrete to the post, level and... wait. They do good, fast and honest work. When it comes time to do the rest of the fence I'm going to contact them again. Their responsiveness was really the selling point for me and the wife. Their pricing was well worth it in my opinion. It was 40 Degrees and there was a 12 MPH wind on the day of my extension. They fought the elements and got the job done in one day. I highly recommend them for your Fencing, as well as the other things they do.
Madrid Fencing serviceMadrid Fencing service
Hai N.
The screw has done a fantastic job! They replaced the fence post within thirty minutes.
Honey Do Handyman & Fence ServicesHoney Do Handyman & Fence Services
Monice L.
Jamie did a great job replacing a portion of my fence. Fair price too.
PICON Handyman & RemodelingPICON Handyman & Remodeling
Mike T.
I am very happy to have had Madrid do our fence repair work.
Madrid Fencing serviceMadrid Fencing service
Jeffrey G.
I can’t say enough good things about Greg. Very responsive and pleasant to work with. Price was great and did a phenomenal job on the fence! I am into woodworking so I appreciate craftsmanship and he has it for sure. Didn’t rush, he was meticulous in building the fence and it looks fantastic
TOP NOTCH CARPENTRY & SIDINGTOP NOTCH CARPENTRY & SIDING
Edwin T.
Bernice responsiveness understanding to the situation of her customer like me, My fence fell down saturday & 3 contractors responded thru thumbtack emails but only Bernice willing to come sunday & gave me her quote,She also very patience waiting for my decision since i'm still trying to get more quotes. Bernice/madrid fencing service highly recommendable!She true to her words, My new fence really nice her crew workmanship was awesome!
Madrid Fencing serviceMadrid Fencing service
Stephanie S.
Ben did a great job fixing our fence post! Will definitely be reaching out to him again for more projects.
Palisade Fence & Handy ServicesPalisade Fence & Handy Services
Tom W.
We didn’t pick this company for 200 ft of fence R&R because of the price, they were not the lowest, but for their quality of work and attention to detail of what the customer wants. Bernice and her team showed professionalism through the job and even went the extra length to fix a few things that were not ask of. The quality of work is top notch along with material that was used for the project. For these type of values of a company I would definitely pay a little extra for the insurance of a smooth job. I would definitely recommend Madrid Fencing for any fence work you need….
Madrid Fencing serviceMadrid Fencing service
Thumbtack Customer
Al quoted me a very fair price to repair my wooden fence after it was blown down by high winds. Though he was booked throughout the week (Thanksgiving week), he was able to schedule the service days earlier than initially anticipated. He was able to quickly repair the fence and secure the posts. I highly recommend Al.
Honey Do Handyman & Fence ServicesHoney Do Handyman & Fence Services
Chris K.
Greg provided a good estimate, kept in contact, showed up on time to do the fence repair, and did a great job. Definitely will hire again.
TOP NOTCH CARPENTRY & SIDINGTOP NOTCH CARPENTRY & SIDING
Alvin D.
Great work came out in a timely manner to install some fencing very professional and fair pricing thanks for the great you did at my home.
Sturdi Services LLCSturdi Services LLC
Reed P.
Absolutely wonderful experience. We're 100 % satisfied with Madrid from start to finish. Bernice made the whole process smooth and easy. I am impressed with her knowledge of fencing construction and fencing products. She is very hands on, visited the work site often to make sure we were taken care of and answering any questions we had. She was extremely accessible via phone and text and extremely responsive. The work was high quality. Her employees are great too. I highly recommend Madrid.
Madrid Fencing serviceMadrid Fencing service
Ramesh B.
Marc did a fantastic job fixing up the sagging fence gate. He was communicative and explained the entire process and provided suggestions for the future if anything needed to be changed. Would definitely recommend Marc for any services in the future.
M&B General ContractorsM&B General Contractors
Ravi A.
Abel from Total Fence came down to help us with our fence repair - on a saturday. He gave us a call to let us know he was on his way and he showed up punctually exactly at the time he said he was going to be here. He was very friendly and he finished the work faster than I could get the check written. He was thorough and professional and gave me a lot of useful advice. I'll be engaging them for bigger projects in the near future and I would gladly recommend their services to anyone.
Total Fence and DeckingTotal Fence and Decking
Jennifer L.
I reached out to Joe recently to help repair a section of privacy fence that was leaning in to the neighbors yard. I just bought this house in August and knew the fence was in poor condition, but I really wasn’t sure what to do or how long the fence would hold up. Sure enough with the first strong cold front we had in October a large section was barely hanging on. I gave Joe an idea of what I needed. He came to look during the day while I was at work and sent me an estimate very quickly. Not only was the estimate fair and affordable, he gave me options and was very honest when I asked what the best value for my dollar was going to be. The work was completed today, and he did a few other things with no charge!! I could not be happier! I will absolutely return as a customer. Thanks Joe!!
Hometown ServicesHometown Services
Kenny C.
They replace about 60 total feet of old fencing that was coming down, including a gate. They worked very quickly and finished it all in about 4 hours. The fencing is good and put together well. We had a couple of small issues with the job. At our request they added a curve to the top of the gate. The curve ended up being asymmetrical (see picture attached). The planks on the gate were also spaced out unevenly, giving it a strange look. We have reached out to request a fix of these two small issues. Other than that, they did great work for a good price.
American fences & Stone patiosAmerican fences & Stone patios
Roni D.
Leo came out to do fence repairs for us. We were extremely pleased with the price the work and the level of communication that we had with him throughout the entire project. The work was done quickly and very well and we would definitely work with him again. Also, he is super nice and follows through on everything he says he will do. Awesome experience overall!
My Austin  Handyman LLCMy Austin Handyman LLC
Elizabeth C.
I love my new fence! My previous one was old and falling down, I needed half of it replaced with a new gate. Bernice and her team did an excellent job. They were able to schedule me rather quickly, their prices are fair, and the end result was exactly what I wanted. I also appreciate the one year warranty. Bernice made sure I was taken care of the entire time.
Madrid Fencing serviceMadrid Fencing service
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