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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 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.

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.

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 Richardson fence professionals
Christopher M.
I had multiple bids for my fence project and I am so happy I went with Joe and his fence team. If your in the market for a fence I highly recommend contacting fence masters dfw
Fence Masters DFWFence Masters DFW
Kristi T.
Nathan built an absolutely beautiful fence for a reasonable price. He and his partner were both very professional and took care of the project faster than I could’ve hoped for. They tore down my existing fence, hauled it away and put up the new fence within two working days. The quality of the fence is excellent and I have absolutely no complaints. Would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Anchor OutdoorsAnchor Outdoors
Burl L.
We are very happy with our new fence at our preschool. Nathan was great to work with and built the fence to my specs. Upgrades were offered with no sales pressure and his crew was very polite and respectful of our property. They cleaned up the area after they were done and I'm already thinking about some new fence work being done at my home using Anchor Fence. Thanks Nathan!
Anchor OutdoorsAnchor Outdoors
Darin H.
Eddy is awesome. I put out a request on a Tuesday evening, and he responded within 30 minutes. He had availability on Thursday, 2 days later, and had a beautiful fence put up by Friday. Excellent work. Beautiful fence. Will use again in a heartbeat if I move and need another fence.
Eddy B's Fence and GatesEddy B's Fence and Gates
Brian F.
We had our loose fence pickets secured then had the fence pressure washed and stained. Lazy B did the work quickly and did a good job. Great value and would work with them again.
Lazy B ConstructionLazy B Construction
Erin J.
Nathan and his crew were outstanding. They worked with us (and the city) to construct our fence, custom side gate, and custom solar powered gate, providing us with quality and timely service! I highly recommend Nathan to anyone needing a new fence or gate! Great job!
Anchor OutdoorsAnchor Outdoors
Janis G.
Responded very quickly, did an excellent job power spraying and staining my fence. Highly recommend.
Stalnaker Enterprises LLCStalnaker Enterprises LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My fence was repaired the same day and I also had him clean the gutters. Great job!
Adams American Window CleaningAdams American Window Cleaning
Jeff P.
They did a great job fixing my fence gate. They were professional and courteous. Would absolutely recommend and use in the future.
Lazy B ConstructionLazy B Construction
Mike K.
Julio did a great job on a fence and driveway gate installation at a reasonable price. Would happily use him again in the future!
julios paint and morejulios paint and more
Janis G.
Manuel did an excellent job fixing my leaning fence. He's very reliable, prompt, professional and a really nice guy. Highly recommend.
Duncan’s ServicesDuncan’s Services
Fatemeh Y.
Joe has worked above expectation. He is honest and cares about his customers. The fence looks great and he will be coming back in a few weeks to stain.
Fence Masters DFWFence Masters DFW
Thumbtack Customer
Greg and his guys built me a beautiful cedar board on board fence with all the bells and whistles and it turned out amazing. Would highly recommend him on your project.
Fence Investments                              ...Fence Investments ...
Tiffany S.
They were so fast and easy to work with. Had my new fence up in a couple days and even color matched our crazy brick red stain. Would highly recommend!
Alpine Fence CompanyAlpine Fence Company
Moin M.
Nathan and his team worked with on every aspect of this project. From time, value, work quality, everything was professionally taken care of. Would definitely recommend Anchor Outdoors to anyone looking to get a new fence installed.
Anchor OutdoorsAnchor Outdoors
Tarah W.
CJ was awesome! He responded quickly with a quote and had someone out within a few hours to fix up my fence. The wind had ripped it apart at the corner. Now it is back together and doesn't budge in the wind. Excellent work!
Amazing FenceZ to TreeZAmazing FenceZ to TreeZ
Miyan B.
John did an amazing job! Got here on time, provided a detailed and fair quote, explained to me the different options , and fixed the fence. I am very happy with the communication, honesty and professionalism . You don’t meet great honest professionals every day! Awesome job!
Universal metal workUniversal metal work
Gillian R.
Redstone is the company I wish I would have chosen to begin with. As it is, I have been a victim of a different scamming fence company. But DJ and Max from Redstone have been helpful to me in having to deal with the aftermath. Their quote was very fair. Their responsiveness is quick and professional. Thanks so much.
Redstone FenceRedstone Fence
Jan L.
Pablo and his crew were awesome from when he gave me the estimate until when the job was completed … answered all my questions as needed , arrived promptly , cleaned up any mess and wanted to make sure I was satisfied …. Would highly recommend to anyone needing a fence
NTX Fence ProsNTX Fence Pros
April M.
Sergio was extremely prompt and professional when setting up the job with me. When the technician Jose arrived he was 20 minutes early which never happens with contractors lol. He was done with the entire job in about 30 minutes and I am very satisfied with the quality of his work, as well as the reasonable price that he charged me. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who needs repair or installation of a fence.
North Texas Construction ServicesNorth Texas Construction Services
Ravi j.
My experience with Tazzam Builders has been nothing short of a 5* rating. He heard my ideas of what I wanted to do with my fence and gave me his input which was better than mine and well, I think the pictures say the rest. Quality of workmanship and product surpassed my expectations. Amazing experience and will definitely contact them for future projects for my home. Thank you again it was a pleasure.
Tazzam BuildersTazzam Builders
Thumbtack Customer
Rocky came out to the house and provided options and suggestions for dealing with some rotten areas of my fence. I reviewed all the bids and felt like his was the most comprehensive. His crew did a great job at our house and the work was done quickly. They took the time to repair a large gate and even added some extra hinges that were not even there before to make it more stable. Posts are all straight and have not shifted a week later. Will definitely use for any future work.
Texas Best StainTexas Best Stain
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