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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 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
Marci S.
The workers were great, cleared away all the old fence did a fantastic job on the new fence. Highly recommend
Shiny  General -Contractor.Shiny General -Contractor.
Richard K.
Edgar at Devoted Construction was terrific in all regards. Great communication. I needed a gate installed into a back fence sitting on a hill, which made the job a bit more tricky. Edgar recommended the placement and finished the job quickly and efficiently. The gate looks and works great, is inconspicuous, and blends in with the rest of the fence. I highly recommend Devoted Construction for all fencing-related projects.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent job on the fence he installed for me! I highly recommend him!
Hertzog Remodel & Repair, LLCHertzog Remodel & Repair, LLC
Kunal K.
Really happy with the work done to fix my fence. It looks like it was never broken.
Continental Yard Care and FenceContinental Yard Care and Fence
William J.
They came on time and worked very fast rain or shine. The fence was completed on time and is beautiful.
HighLand Fences LLC,HighLand Fences LLC,
Thumbtack Customer
I truly enjoyed working with Igor of Quality Fence. He and his crew were very detailed and wanted to ensure my expectations were met. They came with a plan and all work was discussed with me first ensuring approval. I have already made referrals for Quality Fence.
InLine Fence LLCInLine Fence LLC
Mary H.
Highly recommend this fence builder. Tore out and replaced 50 feet of old fence in under 3 hours. Responded to inquiry and came out to give price quote on same day of contact. Very reasonable price and uses high quality material. Professional and punctual. 10 star service.
De Dios Construction LLCDe Dios Construction LLC
Vicki P.
I'm over the top happy with the results of working with Step by Step Construction. They fixed a fence that was falling into the neighbors; but even more importantly, they solved a problem. We have a piece of fencing that keeps falling into the lake with every wind storm because it cannot be anchored by two posts. He custom built a fence piece with space between slats to let the wind through. He was able to anchor it into the ground with rebar and attached it with screws to the post on the opposite side. Amazing job and exactly what I wanted.
Step by step construction llcStep by step construction llc
Jason T.
Awesome job! Completed the fence very quickly. Exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend to anyone.
InLine Fence LLCInLine Fence LLC
Jonathan S.
My wife and I had a great experience with A&R Hernandez. They were very responsive when I requested a quote. They provided us with a very reasonable price. They were able to remove our old chainlink fence, and replace it with new 6ft wood fence in a day's time. It looks amazing, and I would definitely recommend them!
A & R HernándezA & R Hernández
Cheryl W.
Very happy! Fence looks great, the crew is timely and pleasant. Excellent communication. Everything was done during the time and price it was quoted. Happy to recommend.
HighLand Fences LLC,HighLand Fences LLC,
Martha M.
Online and his crew did an amazing job on our fence! We had a lot of angles and a rock wall to deal with.it turned out beautiful.
Shiny  General -Contractor.Shiny General -Contractor.
Michele W.
Working with ZJH Handyman Services was a complete pleasure. We just purchased a home in Algona and needed a fence installed for our dogs. Zach was quick to respond, provided an accurate and competitive quote with a lead time that met our needs. He even went as far as to move our temporary fence for the dogs during the time the posts were setting. I would definitely use his services again.
ZJ's ConstructionZJ's Construction
Hs f.
Removed and replaced a fence post. Job looks perfect. Came on time. Responded to my call immediately and came out the next day. Price was reasonable too.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Olivia T.
Wilson and the creative effects crew were awesome, they gave me a great price multiple options in style and price. The crew was on time and worked very hard. The fence they built looks great and really made my back yard perfect! Wilson was very knowledgeable and gave me a bid right away and stated the next day. I would recommend this company to anyone in need of a good looking well built fence for for a great price.
Creative effects landscape LLCCreative effects landscape LLC
Kathryn G.
I’m happy with the work Shiny did to move my existing fence and staining. The price seemed reasonable. Even though he was a little late starting the work it was still finished in good time.
Shiny  General -Contractor.Shiny General -Contractor.
Ashley S.
Vili and his guys were amazing! He was responsive and followed up on everything we needed. Finished out fence and gate in 2 days and they look fabulous. Went above and beyond for us and was on time about everything and very communicative.
Family General ConstructionFamily General Construction
Cheryl B.
Jaime, the owner of Evergreen Fencing, knowing I was in need of a quick fence repair came out quickly to give me an estimate. I had the estimate that night and he and his crew came out to do the job. Jaime and his crew did an excellent job of replacing 3 posts and repairing the panels that had fallen. He checked the other posts and found one that needed some stabilizing and took care of that even though it wasn’t part of the original estimate. Jaime really cares about his customers and doing a great job. I will definitely hire Evergreen again!
Evergreen Fencing LLCEvergreen Fencing LLC
Betiem S.
Allen and his father did an amazing job on our fence today. They asked questions when they needed clarification on what we wanted, was very nice and professional the entire time. I would definitely recommend them and would be calling them for any future work we need done. Thanks again!
A & R HernándezA & R Hernández
Jared H.
Jose and his guys were excellent to work with. He was on time, provided me with a proposal the same day and completed the work within the timeline that was provided. The fence turned out amazing. Very easy guys to talk to, very nice, hard working and respectable. I would highly recommend this company, and will definitely use them again in the future.
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James T.
Jeff came out on short notice to build our fence. Jeff was prompt. professional, and did an amazing job. We definitley plan on using Jeff and his Team on future projects. In fact, we were so happy we have actually reached out to Jeff for another quote on two more home improvements. I would recommend Jeff to my own family and friends.
Hertzog Remodel & Repair, LLCHertzog Remodel & Repair, LLC
Robert H.
Yuri and his sons exceeded our expectations. I asked for a dozen bids and got 9 to bid. Yuri was almost the lowest. But I thought he did the best job to sell himself during the time he spent with me the day he came out to look at the job. He was one of 2 that gave me the bid before they left and that told me they know their business. We are so happy with our fence and will not hesitate to recommend him to family and friends. Robert H. Auburn, WA
Kamp Construction and RemodelingKamp Construction and Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing team: truly professional, knowledgeable, personable, responsive,reliable, and their work ethics is unbeatable ( they came at 9 am and worked until 5 pm with a short lunch break every day). These guys are very young and therefore are full of good positive energy and enthusiasm: always smiling, extremely polite, humble, and ready to provide a good advice on what is the best for you. I am very picky when it comes to home improvement projects; thus I highly recommend this business for the high-quality fence installation
InLine Fence LLCInLine Fence LLC
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