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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 Des Moines fence professionals
Jim B.
I had a section of wood fence that was fallimg apart and a gate that was not working very well. They replaced the fence section with a nice new sturdier fence, fixed the gate and removed the old fence. Awesome job at a good price! Jim
Leo’s Yard ServiceLeo’s Yard Service
Harrison C.
fence looks nice, they spent 1 day to complete whole 58ft fence.
A & J Mendoza General ContractorA & J Mendoza General Contractor
JongWoo S.
Excellent job to replace existing fence>25years old to new horizontal fence and stained it. Total length>150feet. They hauled away all the garbage as well. Finished in 3days. Highly recommend for any fence job.
A & J Mendoza General ContractorA & J Mendoza General Contractor
Kunzie s.
Good fence install
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Sam did a great job tearing down my chain linked fence and also moving and installing a section of fence.
Lake WA Services LLCLake WA Services LLC
Kate M.
Guri built a beautiful fence for me. He is professional, very hard working, and pays attention to every detail. He was willing to help dig out blackberry roots and rehang some trellised vines on the new fence. The fence is solid and well built. I would highly recommend him. He’s my forever fence guy.
Fencing Company, LLCFencing Company, LLC
Jeffrey T.
Family General Construction was very quick to respond to our inquiry for installing a cattle-style fence and came out the same day to provide a quote. They were flexible with when they could work on the fence, and were ready to work within 3 days of the first inquiry and quote. They took out our old fence (and removed materials) and installed the new fence in one day. Its a great quality fence and is sure to hold in our dog! Highly recommend Family General Construction.
Family General ConstructionFamily General Construction
Trisha E.
Thanks for the excellent work repairing the fence.
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Danielle v.
Really enjoyed working with AL. Great fence design, worked hard to achieve the deadline they promised and all in all. Good quality fence and reasonably priced.
Avianka landscaping and fencingAvianka landscaping and fencing
Christina T.
Florent and his fence master finished the fence replacement job in 3 days. They stick to their promised schedule. They asked me throughout the project some details how I wanted done, and they very much did what I requested. They are easy to work with. The fence looks beautiful.
HighLand Fences LLC,HighLand Fences LLC,
Mike C.
I would highly recommend Devoted Construction for fence install and repair. Edgar responded to request right away and repaired broken fence in efficient and effective manor!
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Maureen O.
America Landscaping did a thoughtful, detail-oriented job installing a chain link fence that they supplied and pet-fence materials that I ordered online. Thank you!
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Rodrigo B.
Juan installed about 40 feet of chainlink fence where there was missing fencing in an stretch of fence. He was very professional and took special care to ensure the fence went all the way down to the ground and even into the dirt so my dogs would not escape which was the reason I wanted the fence in the first place. I was able to schedule with him within a couple weeks of his coming out for an estimate and his quote was very competitive compared to another quote I had received - highly recommend him and his work!
J&B Fence & washing services LLC JBFENFW786C3J&B Fence & washing services LLC JBFENFW786C3
Julie H.
We've had our fence for a year now and it is just as lovely as the day they put it in. We actually hope to have them help out with another fence sometime soon. :)
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Rudy A.
These guys did a great job with replacing a rotting fence post. The repair looks great and like it’s always been there. Will work with them again for any future fencing needs.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
MICHELLE & KELLY M.
Working with Igor and his family, of G&I Fence and Deck, was a really pleasant experience. Not only did they quickly complete our fencing project, they also did a really wonderful job. No debris or old fencing was left behind, all of our inquiries and e-mails were quickly answered, and best of all our new fence looks great. I highly recommend this company, and will not hesitate to hire them again should the need arise.
G & I Fence and Deck Unlimited LLPG & I Fence and Deck Unlimited LLP
Maha k.
Did a great job on our fence for our townhome
A & J Mendoza General ContractorA & J Mendoza General Contractor
Adam M.
Jovani and his brother in law did a great job on a tough request. I needed an existing fence to move and be rebuilt in place. It was a hard job and others turned it down. They took the job with a great attitude, attacked the problem, and in the end it was exactly what I asked for! I think a lot of fence contractors can built a fence in optimal conditions but these guys did it in the rain and with rough terrain and existing materials. 5 stars. Hire these guys for your fence needs!
A & J Mendoza General ContractorA & J Mendoza General Contractor
Karin h.
I highly recommend Edgar and his crew at Devoted Construction. Edgar was immediately responsive to my inquiry and provided detailed options in repairing my fence. Edgar and his crew repaired my fencing problems on a weekend day and worked after sunset getting the job done. My fence looks fantastic. 👍🏼👍🏼
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Pat T.
Thank you Edgar for the great job fixing my fence!
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
Brian W.
Edgar did a great job repairing our privacy fence
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
G. A.
Fence replacement; Miguel showed up on time and discussed about my fence replacement. He is a pro on his field and a very good carpenter. He finished the job on time with a reasonable price. His work is so clean it came out as very nice wood fence. My neighbors complemented on an excellent job Miguel did. I am happy I chose Miguel to install the fence. I will hire Mc and friends if I need other job to be done in the future on my property. I also recommend Mc & friends to anyone who wants to install a fence or remodel their house. Miguel is a professional skilled carpenter.
MC & Friends Construction LLCMC & Friends Construction LLC
Wendy x.
Gurkaran did a great job for our fence door and gate!
Fencing Company, LLCFencing Company, LLC
Carol M.
Guri looked at my fence and said” I can make this look good again and it will be strong and safe” He did just what he said and put the support behind the fence. The fence is old and lots of rot He covered the bad spots and we have painted the fence and it Looks great. He is a hard worker, calls when he is running late and a Real Gentleman. Thank you Guri my Mother’s Day was perfect on my patio. He deserves a 5 star recommend.
Fencing Company, LLCFencing Company, LLC
Jiahui X.
Devoted Construction was quick to answer my request on Thumbtack, and were very patient in explaining the type of work that needs to be done to fix our leaning fence panel over the phone. They came out three days after our initial contact and fixed the fence issue right away. They gave us two options to fix the fence, one was to tie the leaning tree back so the fence post could be pushed back to position, the other was to remove a portion of the panel and fasten the remaining portion back to the post. They explained the pros and cons. I chose the latter option and they tried to cut as little of fence panel as possible to make it still look good. They also volunteered to fix a warping board on our fence for free. The overall process was very smooth and they were friendly and helpful. I will definitely work with them again.
Devoted Construction LLCDevoted Construction LLC
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