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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Salem fence professionals
Thumbtack Customer
The fence was put up quickly and the fencing looks great
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Fence installation.
CORTEZ HANDYMANCORTEZ HANDYMAN
Gene s.
The fence looks wonderful..
JHernandez Construction LLCJHernandez Construction LLC
Pat C.
Jesus made it easy to fix our rotted wooden fence poles that blew down in the storm. He worked quickly and efficiently to replace the 2 posts and restore the integrity of the fence. I plan to hire him to replace the rest of the fence in the near future.
JHernandez Construction LLCJHernandez Construction LLC
Cassie C.
Marco, with Mendez Home Improvements, responded very quickly when I sent an inquiry about removing an old fence and installing a new one. He was polite, punctual and offered great recommendations on the type of fence to install. His estimate was accurate and affordable. My old fence was removed and the new privacy fence was installed fully all in one day! I very highly recommend Mendez Home Improvements and will definitely procure their services again when we’re ready to install our next fence! Thank you!!
Mendez Home Improvements LLCMendez Home Improvements LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our dogs were escaping our fence and bothering our neighbors. Sandrod fencing was quick, efficient, and creative at fixing our problems. Would hire again.
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
Renee M.
Our new cedar fence looks great.
Integra-Built-ValleyIntegra-Built-Valley
Aaron J.
They installed two fences for us. We needed one that didn’t block the view from our backyard. Marco helped us plan the perfect fence and we love it. I highly recommend their work.
Mendez Home Improvements LLCMendez Home Improvements LLC
Dale E.
Ricardo was great to work with! VERY competitive bid, the work was done on time and looks great. He was willing to work with us on this project as it was done in two parts. The posts had to be set first, pavers placed around them, then he came back to finish the fence. There were no surprises in the final bill and we're very pleased with the gate & fence. I would highly recommend Sandrod Fencing.
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
Felicia G.
Mendez Home Improvements was amazing. They were able to start building my fence 5 days before schedule and finished it same day. They were fast, efficient and the fence looks great. I would recommend them to anyone.
Mendez Home Improvements LLCMendez Home Improvements LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Sandrod Fencing was easy to work with and went out of their way to do an excellent job
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
David B.
Lloyd's work was excellent, quick, and quality. Our new fence looks great.
L & M Home ServicesL & M Home Services
Adriel H.
Drew did an excellent, and fast, job of removing 110' of old fence helplessly tangled in thick ivy - clearing the way for a beautiful and modern picture frame fence. A consummate pro, working with Drew was a top notch experience. A solid recommendation.
Yard Borders LLCYard Borders LLC
Christie C.
I’d like to select all: quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value, and punctuality! Allyn and crew rebuilt my fence in 1 day for a very reasonable price. They were all very friendly, respectful, responsive, and hard working. They reused as much of my existing fence and gate as possible to reduce cost. Allyn welded part of my gate that was broken, making it open and close much more easily. There was one section of fence that was not quite as level as I wanted. I texted Allyn, and Mike, Dan, and one other crew member (I’m sorry, don’t remember name) came out the next day and fixed the issue. Now my fence is perfect! I highly recommend this company for your fence-building/replacing needs. Christie Call
Integra-Built-ValleyIntegra-Built-Valley
David B.
Lloyd was great! A one man machine working through rocks to get a fence in! Highly recommend
L & M Home ServicesL & M Home Services
Marcia K.
Excellent workmanship. All done in a timely manner. Love love love my new fence.
JHernandez Construction LLCJHernandez Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Simple fence repair - one leaning post needed to be braced & one panel of fencing remounted to opposite post. Rick showed up when he said he would & did the job quickly & efficiently. Very pleasant & cooperative; I would hire him again.
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Professional and courtious, fast and no hassle. I would use Sandrod for any fencing projects I have.
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Rick was great. Stayed in communication throughout the whole process. Definitely our fencing guy from here on out.
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
Melissa M.
Made me a nice fence for a fair price, did it quickly in bad weather. They got it done, I'm a happy customer.
JHernandez Construction LLCJHernandez Construction LLC
Brandon E.
Jesus and his crew always do a great job. This is the second fence they have built for me and they continue to deliver excellence.
JHernandez Construction LLCJHernandez Construction LLC
Nicole A.
Shaped our fence to be level and worked with us to brainstorm the best creative option to meet the needs of our neighbors too!
Mendez Home Improvements LLCMendez Home Improvements LLC
Matt P.
Rodrigo was always either early or on-time, he was very communicative when it came to appointments and expectations of the work, and the fence he built is exactly what I wanted! His price was also the best. I cannot recommend him enough. Any fence or yard work project we have in the future, we’ll be contacting Rodrigo.
Flórez lawn care maintenanceFlórez lawn care maintenance
Dan V.
Marco was prompt, worked really fast, had good ideas and suggestions. Overall we are really happy with the fence quality and design.
Mendez Home Improvements LLCMendez Home Improvements LLC
Jennifer D.
Ricardo and his team were amazing. They finished a job very quickly here at my house and did a fantastic job. They even noticed we had a lot line post and adjusted the fencing posts in case we ever needed to move a slat. I would have never even thought of that. They were fast, professional and cleaned up everything after they finished. I would hire them with no hesitations for any future fencing needs I have. My puppy is so happy he has a safe secure fenced yard he can play in! Thanks Ricardo!
Sandrod Fencing LLCSandrod Fencing LLC
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