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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 McKinney fence professionals
Colleen D.
Beautiful fence. We had a little issue with a specific part of the fence and they were wonderful and quick to resolve. Great experience!
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Thumbtack Customer
Full fence removal and install. They did a beautiful job and I almost wish I could keep the house just to enjoy the new fence.
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Dena L.
My fence is beautiful and very well done. The owners were very responsive and enjoyable to work with. Enjoyed the crew too! I’ve decided to have them replace the rest of the fence. My neighbor is going to use them too! Thank you Alpine Fence!!
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Kathleen S.
I loved working with Alpine Fence! They are all so friendly, reasonable, honest and hard working. They did an amazing job on my fence. Have already gotten compliments on it!
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Donald K.
Wrought iron fence turned out just what I wanted, I actually also hired him to make a privacy fence and it turned out very nice.
Jose Sanchez WeldingJose Sanchez Welding
Stan F.
Harmon Fencing rehung my gate at a very reasonable price. Arrived on time and was finished in under an hour. I recommend him for any fence/gate repair you might have.
Harmon FencingHarmon Fencing
David W.
They were a pleasure to work with and they did an excellent job on the fence.
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Thumbtack Customer
Was just to fix a section got blown down by storm. Alpine called me quickly to set up appointment for estimate. Gave me quote for repair and new install. Alpine did not pressure me for new fence replacement. I decided for new fence. Alpine was fast, efficient, got my fence done quickly. Thanks
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Jacob o.
Great job! A+. Came in time to repair my broken fence posts
Harmon FencingHarmon Fencing
Karissa R.
He showed up on the exact date and time he said he would and repaired our fence quickly and for a fair price. Thanks and we'll contact you once we are ready to rebuild our back fence.
Superior Lawn and GardenSuperior Lawn and Garden
Thumbtack Customer
Brent did an awesome job with our new fence. Very happy!
3B Fence Solutions3B Fence Solutions
Frank V.
Great service and pricing. I would definitely use Harmon fencing again
Harmon FencingHarmon Fencing
Seye A.
Thanks for going above and beyond with not just fixing the broken wood, but stabilizing the fence-
North Texas Construction ServicesNorth Texas Construction Services
Kevin C.
Very happy with my new section of fence! Chris was punctual, responsive, and the fence quality is top notch. He also repaired a couple of old gates that now open, close, and latch with ease. I would definitely recommend and use him again.
American Fence CoAmerican Fence Co
Thumbtack Customer
Despite a couple of complications on the property line with an older chain link fence John was reliable and got the fence completed. High quality workmanship for a fair price. If you are looking for an alternative to the big companies and their day laborers, give John a shot. 4/5.
Best Fence CompanyBest Fence Company
Janet B.
Needed a fence gate repaired and North Texas answered promptly with a fair quote to repair or replace the gate. They came out the next day to complete the work. Satisfied with the work and timeliness. I would definitely use them again for any fencing needs.
North Texas Construction ServicesNorth Texas Construction Services
Leonard O.
Omar and his team did a get job replacing 12 posts in my fence. Very professional. Also, cleaned up everything. They left my yard cleaner than when they started. I recommend Lopez construction for all your fencing needs.
Lopez constructionLopez construction
Thumbtack Customer
This review is long overdue, but I wanted to give major kudos to HomeRun Fencing for doing such a great job on my fence. Mike was SUPER responsive and extremely professional. He also stuck by his timeline. He stayed into the evening on the last day to make sure everything was finished just like he said it would be. I really appreciated that since I had to board my dogs during the installation. I would absolutely hire HomeRun Fencing again!
Dunnagan Construction LLCDunnagan Construction LLC
Stacia A.
John was friendly, kind and patient with us while we figured out what we wanted to do. He was courteous and timely and a great price!!!! Our fence looks great both we, and our neighbor are highly satisfied! Would recommend Best Fence to anyone!! Thank you sir!
Best Fence CompanyBest Fence Company
Cindy R.
They were so friendly and did an excellent job repairing our fence! We will definitely be using them in the future!
Reformed Home ServicesReformed Home Services
Andrew M.
I have a great looking fence for a good cost. Some rain delays but good communication most of the time.
Tazzam BuildersTazzam Builders
David O.
They fixed our fence gate! Never even saw the guy, just left the backyard open. They are reliable and trustworthy! Will recommend!
Pawpaw's Handy ServicePawpaw's Handy Service
Thumbtack Customer
Dale replaced two fence posts and repaired the gate. The work looks great and the fence is up and gate is working again. Dale was very pleasant to work with and he communicated the material needs (wood, screws,etc). Dale's quote was very reasonable. Dale arranged to do the work promptly. I would definitely hire again!
Dale's Assembly and Repair ServiceDale's Assembly and Repair Service
Ting J.
Very quick response, even it’s small issue for my fence , but still get business done and don’t overcharge at all.
Lazy B Construction Fencing Decking and RoofingLazy B Construction Fencing Decking and Roofing
David W.
Firewheel gave me an initial quote, which was better than all the others. Then, they stuck to that quote once they did the work. They alligned the fence very well. My yard has a slight slope and they made the fence follow the slope in a strait line. They used strong treated post. And they completed the job in the time frame that they said. started in the morning,..let it set, then completed the fence in the afternoon.. whole job complete by 3pm. They saw more work that needs to be done and made recommendations but did not "sales-push" me to spend more at that time. Very good job. I recommend them.
Firewheel Roofing & FencingFirewheel Roofing & Fencing
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