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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 Memphis fence professionals
Brian Z.
Great work with a great price on my fence!
Memphis Construction EtcMemphis Construction Etc
Tom E.
Did a great job on our fence repair.
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Karen S.
Some homeless people off Summer caught my backyard fence on fire near a dumpster behind a business.. He responded same day..gave estimate and fixed today very quickly! Very pleased with Fence Repair.
Green Valley landscaping and tree serviceGreen Valley landscaping and tree service
Kimberly S.
Victor’s lawn care responded to my request within an hour and was able to schedule an estimate the same weekend. When they showed up on the first visit he listen to my concerns and wants and made adjustments that where better. I wanted to fence in my back yard and replace the broken fences piece of an existing fence. The job took them three days to complete. The even worked during the rain. I will be contacting them again for other projects .
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Vickie D.
Memphis Construction Fence was great. The work was excellent and neat. Friendly, performance wonderful, and conduct business professionally.
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Zachary J.
I called around noon inquiring about a fence. They showed up a few hours later with an estimate and the next day I have a brand new fence that cost exactly as much as the estimate. They were fast and professional. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Cannot wait to use them for more projects at home.
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Tammey W.
The contractors were very professional and courteous. They did an excellent job installing my fence...I will use their service again for future projects!
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Shaun C.
Memphis Construction did a great job on installing my fence! I couldn't have asked for a better crew. They were fast and proficient. Thanks again! Highly recommended!! 👍🏽
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Lyn W.
Chris did an excellent job building a fence and gate for me and staining my deck. He also took care of overgrown shrubs for me at a reasonable price. I am very happy with the work.
Bramlett Construction and LandscapeBramlett Construction and Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Work was accomplished. He listened to my needs and helped come up with solutions. The work was done well, though it took longer than expected. Instead of a new gate, we decided on lattice work and closing off the fence.
Rankins Home Repair, Inc.Rankins Home Repair, Inc.
John B.
Germantown Home Pros made this fence job a snap. Clear communication with the team, a bid that was right on the money, and one-day completion...can't beat it. More than anything, Germantown Home Pros meets my ultimate high-bar standard: I'll hire them again to do other jobs for us.
Germantown Home ProsGermantown Home Pros
Candis R.
I JUST LOVE THEIR WORK, THEY CAME OUT ON 04/6/22 THAT MORNING AND FINISHED THE JOB THAT SAME EVENING, THEY ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY FRIENDLY, AND THEY WORK VERY QUICKLY, I WILL USE THEM AGAIN IN THE FUTURE IF I HAVE TOO, THIS IS A JOB WELL DONE!!! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MY WOOD FENCE!!!
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Taren O.
My neighbor and I had our fence rebuilt. The owner, Rick, responded to my request promptly and showed up to survey the project. He was very professional, and provided a detailed work plan with a concisely written quote. The work was meticulously done. Overall I am very pleased and will definitely use his services again should there be a need.
Lackey Lawn and LandcareLackey Lawn and Landcare
Andi B.
Paul and his team are great! My neighbor and I had a shared fence that needed to be completely replaced. ( old posts out, the whole 9). They started in less than a week of being given the final ok. Most affordable out of 4 bids, and great work! The communication from Paul was exceptional. Already put a deposit on next project with more for the future. My new go to company for home “stuff”.
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