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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.

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 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.

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 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 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 Columbus fence professionals
Juan A.
Cam did excellent fence repair work. Fast, efficient and priced well below the competition. I’ll definitely use Heritage Fence for all of my fencing needs!
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Kate T.
We haven’t had the fence installed yet but working with Cameron from Heritage Fence gas been an easy and straightforward process.
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Ally H.
Great work on our fence!
Mercy Tree and LandscapingMercy Tree and Landscaping
Charlene W.
I would highly recommend Cam and Heritage Fence to all of my friends needing fencing work done. If I ever have another fencing project of my own, I am calling Heritage Fence! The work quality was awesome, Cam was very responsive, punctual and professional from start to finish. I am a satisfied customer for sure. Thanks Cam!!
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Kelly R.
Cam was great, thanks for fixing up our fence!
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Brad W.
I’m so thrilled with the fence that Superior Outdoors built for us.
Superior OutdoorsSuperior Outdoors
Cathy S.
Vince gave me a reasonable price to fix my ailing fence. He was able to get to it quickly and showed up when he said he would! Fence is sturdy and looks good. Will definitely call Vince again in the future!
Patrick L.
Fence looks good and installed very quickly. Will hire them for additional work.
Ohio Roofing Solutions and ConstructionOhio Roofing Solutions and Construction
Thumbtack Customer
We absolutely love our new fence. However, there were some communication issues.
Superior OutdoorsSuperior Outdoors
Alex R.
Cam was responsive, easy to work with, and did a nice job on our fence repair. Thank you.
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Margaret J.
Cam was wonderful! He made my broken down, off the hinges gate look brand new! The value of his service was unbeatable. I absolutely recommend Heritage Fence and Cam to anyone who needs a fence or repair. Thank you, Cam, for coming to the rescue.
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob did excellent work for us. He installed some chain link fencing and patched a hole in an existing chain link fence. His work looks beautiful. At all times, Jacob was professional, personable, and reliable. We would definitely work with him again.
J. Riley Co. RoofingJ. Riley Co. Roofing
Danita A.
Did an excellent job replacing two gates and one section of the fence. Will definitely hire again.
Ohio Roofing Solutions and ConstructionOhio Roofing Solutions and Construction
Jodie B.
Omar is responsive, thorough and kind. He did an excellent job repairing my gate and fence.
Mercy Tree and LandscapingMercy Tree and Landscaping
Anita K.
Omar was great! Needed a quick fix on a fence that had several broken panels due to a big tree branch landing on it after a storm. Very responsive, offered options on how to fix the fence with different budgets, and all done within a week. Thank you! Will recommend to others!
Mercy Tree and LandscapingMercy Tree and Landscaping
Jessica C.
Built a fence to close off our backyard and it is great!! Such great work and very fast! Highly recommend!
Mercy Tree and LandscapingMercy Tree and Landscaping
Drew D.
John @ Superior Outdoors has been great to work with. Very responsive and professional. I originally called for a fence estimate but he has done much more to my property. Cabinets, interior doors, exterior door, and security doors. I plan on having him do more, including the fence. His price was competitive but after seeing the quality work he has already done I'm confident he will do a good job on the fence. It will be worth your while for him to bid your project.
Superior OutdoorsSuperior Outdoors
Terry R.
Did not correspond with us. Did not respond to text messages, emails or phone calls. Went with another fence conpany
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Holly C.
I am very happy with the installation of our wood privacy fence. I was honestly surprised at how quickly they were able to get us on the schedule! Once the city finally came out to mark utilities the fence was done in about 2 days! We are very happy with the work and our pups are too!
S&G Fence Co.S&G Fence Co.
J. E.
Cam was punctual and in fact he arrived early. He was done in record time and the repair to my fence looks great.
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Ronald R.
We wanted a fence replaced around the house, for privacy, and Alex & crew did a great job! We are very satisfied with their work!
Apex Lawn and Landscape designApex Lawn and Landscape design
Katie S.
Cam did a fantastic job repairing our fence and getting it back in working order! Will absolutely use him again in the future.
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Nicholle B.
Cam was wonderful to work with. He did an amazing job on the repair and I’ll be hiring him down the road for the full fence replacement.
Heritage FenceHeritage Fence
Adam W.
The salesman have me an estimate that was $1000 over what I considered a "medium to high" proceed estimate that I received earlier in the week. He then tried some very high pressure sales techniques by pretending to "get permission" to give me a special "one time low rate" of slightly more than the other (still reasonably high) estimate. When I said no, he proceeded to ask me why I didn't care about the quality of my fence. He basically tried to fence-shame me. This is the sleezy, used car company of fence installs.
Ohio Roofing Solutions and ConstructionOhio Roofing Solutions and Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Installed wood fence. Brandon. Is very professional, did a great job. Very kind and personable. I would have him back.
Flawless Fencing and RepairFlawless Fencing and Repair
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