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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.

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.

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. 

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 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 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 do you strengthen a fence gate?

If you think your gate needs reinforcement, hire a fence repair professional in your area. Squaring up a fence gate may require adding corner brackets, installing a cable and turnbuckle, and cinching and tightening the cable to the appropriate tension. All of these repairs, as well as digging a new post hole, require expertise and know-how.

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
Adam R.
Excellent work - I am 100% satisfied with the fence that CTL Fencing built for me. The pride they take in their work results in an outstanding fence. Cal's attention to detail adds to the quality and perfection of the fence which enhances the property so nicely. I recommend them without reservation.
Cole's FencingCole's Fencing
Wes C.
Fast and efficient and the fence looks great!
Wallace FenceWallace Fence
Thumbtack Customer
Frank did a great job repairing our badly damaged fence. After his work the fence looked almost new. Highly recommended for a job well done. Thanks Frank.
Quality Fence CorpQuality Fence Corp
Carine R.
I recently had a vinyl fence installed on my property. Cleber and his staff did an excellent job. It was slow going at first, with the permitting process from the City and then the County, but when all is said and done Cleber and his team came through. I would hire Florida Fence Specialists for additional fence projects and would recommend them to family and friends.
Florida Fence SpecialistsFlorida Fence Specialists
Aminata M.
Cleber did an amazing job with my fence. It’s good quality and good value!
Florida Fence SpecialistsFlorida Fence Specialists
Michael L.
Roberto did a great job on the fence and was very reasonably priced. I highly recommend.
The Golden House services Corp.The Golden House services Corp.
Althea M.
Mr Dave Cameron is a true professional. He was prompt for our initial meeting and very knowledgeable about the types of fences I inquired about. He also showed up promptly on the 4th of july to install my fence. Mr Cameron and his associate worked through the day on a major holiday in the hot sun to put up my beautiful fence. I am more than pleased. I was still worth it.
DAC'S Welding  and Fabrication   "LLC"DAC'S Welding and Fabrication "LLC"
Michael M.
JC did a great job repairing my fence. He showed up on time and finished the same day.
JC HernandezJC Hernandez
Lauren J.
I had Dave replace ~100' of fence and two gates after hurricane Irma blew down a few sections. Dave was great to work with–he's a really nice guy, and answered all of my questions! He was very prompt, responsive, and punctual from the very beginning. The fence is beautiful and strong. He did everything to code and used good materials. Dave also welded the metal gate frames, and added more posts to my existing (very old) fence to keep it from sagging. He also kept the site clean, and made sure there weren't any openings left in the fence at the end of the day. I highly recommend him and would definitely hire him again.
DAC'S Welding  and Fabrication   "LLC"DAC'S Welding and Fabrication "LLC"
Kayso N.
We are very pleased..and will definitely refer and use again. They even fixed my neighbor's fence without neighbor knowing
Tornado Terrain Inc.Tornado Terrain Inc.
Gregory j.
Roberto did a fantastic job on my fence. He is very professional. The quality was impeccable. Everything was built to exact specifications My neighbor even had him do a small section of her fence while he was there. I would gladly hire him again for any project that meets his tremendous skills. Greg J.
The Golden House services Corp.The Golden House services Corp.
Diane E.
The staff of AMVA did excellent work waterproofing my perimeter fence and they completed the work earlier than expected for a reasonable price!
Amva Construction IncAmva Construction Inc
John M.
It was great working with the team. They did a great job, very professional, and cleaned up after they were finished. Fence looks great!
Quality Fence CorpQuality Fence Corp
Christina D.
A big storm knocked down part of our fence, and the next morning they were here fixing it. I can't believe how quickly they got it repaired and painted, and without sacrificing quality. They're very kind and professional. We will be using them again to paint the rest of our fence, and for odd jobs around the house since they evidently do it all!
Home ProgressionsHome Progressions
Serena C.
Will master services did an amazing job on the replacement of my fence and patio screening. They built everything from scratch and they work very fast and thorough. I definitely would recommend their services to my family and friends and anyone who is looking for a professional company to repair or replace their fence. I am very happy with the outcome and I’m glad I contacted Will master services!
Wills máster servicesWills máster services
MARISOL R.
Very happy with this company. showed up when they said they would and finished on time. My fence looks amazing . will definitely recommend and use again.
Wills máster servicesWills máster services
Alex I.
Showed up prepared and didn't leave until everything was as promised. Did a great job rebuilding my fence and building new doors. Highly recommended.
Wallace FenceWallace Fence
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Frank and his crew to come replace our old wire fence and put up two side wood fence panels. Frank gave us the best price, offered to acquire the permit for us, and finished the project very quickly! He first quoted that the project would take 3 days, but he did it in 2 days and we couldn't be happier! Very nice guy, has a friendly hard-working crew, and we would definitely recommend his services. Our neighbors were so impressed they asked us for his information. We are happy to have a fence now so our dog can run around freely. Thank you! -Dave
Quality Fence CorpQuality Fence Corp
Terri A.
Great company and Will is a pleasure to work with... Definately will call him back for more jobs and will give out his card to anyone looking for an excellent contractor. My wood fence looks great!!!
Wills máster servicesWills máster services
Vlad T.
Dave did excellent job fixing fence and replacing 3 posts from the last hurricane. Good communication and fast replacement with high quality. Recommend to anyone who is looking for this type of work!
DAC'S Welding  and Fabrication   "LLC"DAC'S Welding and Fabrication "LLC"
Jennifer W.
The Tornado team was on time, professional and did absolutely beautiful work. I am so please with the new fencing and gates. I feel confident I will use them for my next project.
Tornado Terrain Inc.Tornado Terrain Inc.
Jheanell R.
Working with Wallace and his team was pleasant. He came on time for a quote, communicated quickly and was reasonably priced. Our 84ft fence got done in 3 hours and it was installed with quality. Very happy with results.
Wallace FenceWallace Fence
Tiffany b.
Tornado Terrain was awesome with our gate/fence project. They worked hard and did exactly what we needed! I’ve recommended them to a few people already. Thank you both for a great job!
Tornado Terrain Inc.Tornado Terrain Inc.
Alex K.
Roberto and his team were great to work with. They were always pleasant, professional and never said no to a request we had. We recommend them without any reservation. We’re in love with our fence. Great work!!
The Golden House services Corp.The Golden House services Corp.
Andrew A.
Wallace did an amazing job on installing my new PVC fence. Gave me a fair price and showed up when he said he would. His men worked hard and delivered a great finished product
Wallace FenceWallace Fence
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