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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 Columbia fence professionals
Brandon L.
Built a nice fence and fixed existing fence posts. Great work and professionalism.
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Nr W.
New section of fence and fence repairs. Very professional experience and excellent communication. Great value. Will hire again.
A&M Fence & Roof CoA&M Fence & Roof Co
Pressley S.
Scott and his team are great, fence is perfect!
Patriot Outdoor Design & MaintenancePatriot Outdoor Design & Maintenance
Jon C.
When the storm blew down 2 parts of our fence we were so stressed, but José and his company responded quickly and got the job done so fast and efficiently. They even cleared out in back of our fence where it opens. They provided such an amazing service and we'll definitely be in touch with him again for any fence and landscaping related needs in the future.
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Noah H.
Great fence replaced for me. Did the job efficiently and it is quite large! Also complied with some custom specifics which will make me reach out again first should future fence needs arise. Thank you!
Peake ResidentialPeake Residential
Belinda F.
Jose plans on starting fence work project this Thursday. Very responsive and personable!
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Brad G.
These guys came out to my home and gave me two great options to chose on how to repair my wooden fence….once they got to work they were finish in no time and did a fantastic job ensuring the fence will last for years to come.
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Mary V.
Awesome job done to replace fence panels. Great quality and affordable. Will use again.
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Scott H.
Alex and his team did an excellent job removing my old worn out wooden fence and installing a new one. He was very quick to respond with instructions and answers to questions. The new fence looks amazing and the quality and craftsmanship is top notch. Pricing for the entire job was very reasonable and I am already looking at using them again for a new deck. You will not be disappointed by choosing Alex for your fencing needs.
Alex Ugarte FencingAlex Ugarte Fencing
Thumbtack Customer
Scott did some general fence repair, a gate adjustment, and steam cleaned and stained my backyard fence. When he provided his estimate he provided a detailed explanation of material costs, labor costs and estimation time of completion of the job. He was very detailed in his work, and did everything we agreed on in the estimate. The fence looks great! I will definitely recommend Scott to anyone looking for this type of work.
Scott Bryan Custom WoodworksScott Bryan Custom Woodworks
Lashunta G.
VERY Professional and reasonable!! I will definitely be trusting ALL my fence and landscaping needs with Sean. He went above and beyond by working me in his schedule and even repairing my fence in the dark. If I could give more stars, I would!! Thank you Sean!!
R&R hardscape and landscapeR&R hardscape and landscape
Lora T.
I love my new fence. Very precise with every step. I'd hire again and highly recommend.
Woodtech Fencing CompanyWoodtech Fencing Company
Tracy A.
Jose was very prompt, responsive, knowledgeable and professional. He was able to replace the fence within two days of me contacting him.
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
I really love my new fence. The work was done very quickly and professionally. I could not have asked for a better job.
Scott Bryan Custom WoodworksScott Bryan Custom Woodworks
Shaun T.
I am really happy with my fence. It is ok hat I asked for. The crew was quick and respectful to the property. Thanks so much!
Lonestar GroupLonestar Group
Nikki L.
Stellar work from Chris and his team. They were awesome! He was very professional, responsive and worked very quickly. My fence came was up in a matter of days. Additionally, he picked up the wood stain from Lowe’s for me and guided me through picking a color! Would definitely recommend this team to anyone looking to put up a fence!
Lonestar FencingLonestar Fencing
John W.
I had a minor fence repair to be done, including replacing aome boards and reattaching a side of a panel that had come loose. Excellent communicaripn and value.
Mr. Hammer's RenoMr. Hammer's Reno
Juliana W.
Mr. Johns was quick to respond to my inquiry and gave me an estimate right away. He completed the work sooner than I anticipated and I am very happy with my fence!
Woodtech Fencing CompanyWoodtech Fencing Company
ANTHONY D.
Service was awesome! I would definitely recommend to anyone. My privacy fence needed major repairs and Jose and his team completed the entire job in one day. I was totally impressed!
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Scott was a pleasure to work with. It was obvious that he took pride in his work. He built our fence with longevity in mind versus "getting by". I would/will use him again in the future without hesitation.
Scott Bryan Custom WoodworksScott Bryan Custom Woodworks
Calondra S.
Chris did an absolute amazing job repairing my fence. His response time was exceptional and the cost was more than fair. He was friendly, very professional, showed up on time, and set expectations up front according to what I needed. Chris went above and beyond what I could have asked for. He not only repaired both sides of my fence, but he added a gate, removed the hedges from the pathway, and in addition to that, he repaired and enhanced my porch, bringing it back to life. He does it all. I will definitely be using Lonestar Fencing Group for my next project. This company has found a long-term customer and comes highly recommended. Top Photos are before and after taken on the same day thanks to Chris. Wow, what a difference! Thank you!!
Lonestar FencingLonestar Fencing
Myeesha l.
José came to fix my fence and ended up leveling and laying sod in my back yard as well. Great quality work and very reasonable prices. Well recommend if you need any work done around your home
Monarch landscapingMonarch landscaping
Geoffrey D.
We were very happy and pleased with the fence and several gates that patriot outdoor built for us. We have recommended them to others and we have already set up some landscaping work for the next few weeks. They provided a great product.
Patriot Outdoor Design & MaintenancePatriot Outdoor Design & Maintenance
Kristy C.
Woodtech went out and looked at my fence gate quickly and offered me options for repair, none of which were super expensive. Repair was done just as quickly and looks great. I'll be sure to use them again if anything else goes wrong...
Woodtech Fencing CompanyWoodtech Fencing Company
Thumbtack Customer
Scott put up around 200 feet of privacy fence for me. He was very professional, offering an estimate in writing and providing invoices promptly for all payments made. The quality was outstanding and his price was fair. I would definitely recommend Scott and plan on using him in the future.
Scott Bryan Custom WoodworksScott Bryan Custom Woodworks
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