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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
Bethany P.
We just had our fence replaced by these guys, and they are awesome! They work super fast, and do it right! We love our fence, and highly recommend these guys if you are looking for your fence to get replaced! They took down the fence and put it up in 3 days! Our fence looks amazing and we could not be happier! Thank you!
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Shaina S.
The fence looks great!
Around The House Handyman Service LLCAround The House Handyman Service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Gary had an extremely reasonable price to remove our old fence and install a new one. He was very professional and hot the fence done in less than 2 days. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to replace a fence.
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Thumbtack Customer
Gary and his crew did an excellent job removing my old fence and installing new fence and gate, and I am very happy with the results.
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Tracy S.
My go-to company for fence repair.
Big Blu's LLCBig Blu's LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The fence is perfect!!! I couldn't be happier!
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Larry L.
Great job. Best fence on the block.
Peak View FencingPeak View Fencing
Mario P.
John and his crew did a great job installing a fence for us. They don’t just do windows they do fences as well and do a great job! Thanks John and crew!
Springs Windows And Fence BuildingSprings Windows And Fence Building
Tabatha S.
Gary and his crew did an amazing job with my new fence installation. Even when there was a miscommunication he made it right with no cinder or pushback. Thank you Gardner Fence!
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Greg C.
Gary and his crew replace an old fence with #1 cedar and metal poles. The fence is very sturdy. The crew was efficient and friendly. Gary was on top of the job to make sure everything was done right and beyond. We will recommend Gary and his crew to anyone that wants a professional fence job completed in a timely manner.
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Gregory W.
Excellent. Outstanding. Superb. Fisher Fencing did what they said they would do, when they said they would do it at the price they said it would cost. No funny business, no last minute excuses and no price gouging. If you need quality fence repair with no hassle at a more than a reasonable price, contact Fisher Fencing.
Fisher Fencing and Handyman ServicesFisher Fencing and Handyman Services
Amanda M.
Replaced about 50' of fence for us and our neighbors. Had scheduled for two days, but was done in one. Looks great and we are happy to have a fence that isnt falling apart! Thank you!
Handyman's Toolbelt Ltd.Handyman's Toolbelt Ltd.
Marcus B.
I contacted Peak View Fencing at the start of the weekend, they reached out to me on a Saturday came out and did a review on a Sunday (Mother's Day). The work was completed on Monday. Thank You Peak View Fencing
Peak View FencingPeak View Fencing
Thumbtack Customer
Tyler replaced 2 fence posts and 3 associated fence sections saving as many as the old pickets as possible. He worked from the time he arrived until the fence was finished and did an outstanding job. He brought everything he needed to complete the job and made sure the worksite was clean before he left. I would recommend Tyler to others.
Mohawk Metals LLPMohawk Metals LLP
Thumbtack Customer
Gary and his crew did a great job on our new fence!!!
Spartan Fence CompanySpartan Fence Company
Rachael D.
Great rates, fast repair of my fence, did a great job!
K&D Roofing and ConstructionK&D Roofing and Construction
Carol F.
Larry was very professional and designed and put up a beautiful fence and gates.
Peak View FencingPeak View Fencing
Kim A.
Did a great job giving me options for my fence post repair and the cost was reasonable. Pleasant to work with and the finished product is great. When I get the money I'll be hiring him again for more fence work.
Handyman Professional Services, LLCHandyman Professional Services, LLC
Jenni G.
Larry was great! Super nice and does beautiful work. We love our fence!
Peak View FencingPeak View Fencing
Chanda R.
John showed up on time, did a great job on the fence repair and reasonably priced.
John TylerJohn Tyler
Sara D.
He overcharged me by charging for fence slats which he didn't have to buy.
Around The House Handyman Service LLCAround The House Handyman Service LLC
Stephen S.
We had a fantastic experience with Lyons Fence. They installed an Ameristar Montage Plus 6' fence around our house footprint and a T-Post + mesh wire 4' fence around the property (5 acres). They delivered a quality job in a very timely manner and gave us super competitive labor rates (we bought the materials). They were flexible enough to change and adjust the type of work we wanted as the project matured at no additional cost. We highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fencing contractor and will call on them again in the future when we expand our Montage Plus fenceline.
Top Notch FenceTop Notch Fence
Gretchen P.
Thompson remodeling repaired our fence, they responded quickly and completed the job in a timely manner.
Thompson Landscaping LLC.Thompson Landscaping LLC.
Melina V.
Eastern Slope Roofing repaired and replaced my broken fence post. They were incredibly speedy and efficient, and they were able to match a competitor's quote. Vicki was a pleasure to speak to on the phone. I highly recommend their work to anyone looking for fencing work in Colorado Springs.
Eastern Slope RoofingEastern Slope Roofing
Jess S.
I know it is unheard of to leave such a high review but Peak View Fencing/Larry deserve this high praise. We had been searching for someone to fix our vinyl fence for almost a year due to damage from hail. We had many companies take a look and give very high estimates or never even call back. Larry was punctual with all of his dates/times and providing the estimate. His estimate was very fair. Larry stayed in communication with us throughout the entire project. Any time we had a question or just wanted to follow up, he always returned our calls the same day. Larry did a great job repairing our fence. He cleaned up after the project was complete. I would recommend Peak View Fencing to anyone looking for a new fence, replacement or repair.
Peak View FencingPeak View Fencing
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