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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 Tacoma fence professionals
Birhanu W.
They really did a good job to install new wood fence and fix some chainlink fences
Shiny General ContractorShiny General Contractor
Thumbtack Customer
Z.J.H. Handyman Services put in 2 fences for us and did an excellent job. The backyard has a cedar privacy fence and the front yard has a sturdy, aluminum fence and both look solid and great. Dogs love it. Once the materials were delivered, Z.J.H finished on time and to the estimate. As anticipated, the irrigation pipes posed a challenge with the fence posts but the contractor was able to work around them or reroute anything in the way. Would highly recommend to anyone look for fence building.
ZJ's ConstructionZJ's Construction
Justin P.
Very happy with my new fence! Quick, and professional. I will defiantly recommend to my friends and will be using Kraft fence again on next project
Kraft fenceKraft fence
Marlena N.
They did beautiful work building my new fence. The fence was a great value and completed faster than anticipated. I would definitely recommend hiring.
A & J Mendoza General ContractorA & J Mendoza General Contractor
Aimee K.
Amazing responsiveness. Our fence was damaged on Saturday- V was out on Sunday for an estimate and the fence was repaired by 9am Monday morning! Cannot ask for a better experience.
Family General ConstructionFamily General Construction
Thumbtack Customer
We had a dilapidated fence that needed replaced. Juri and crew showed up on time dismantled and hauled off the old fence and installed the new fence ahead of schedule. They did a beautiful job. I would hire them again if we needed any work done.
KAMP construction llcKAMP construction llc
Allen D.
Build the type of quality fence he boasts about. He built a fence for a friend of mine. I referred him because of the pics he showed us of his work. I am disappointed in the quality and craftsmanship of her fence. I feel bad I referred him to her. We will not be using him for our project.
KAMP construction llcKAMP construction llc
Bryan D.
Casey was great to work with and extremely punctual and responsive. The fence looks beautiful. 2 other company’s were needlessly daunted by the amount of Ivy clearing on the fence line. Casey of Kraft didn’t even bat an eye and his crew easily and efficiently finished the fence in a few days. I’ve already recommended him to several other friends.
Kraft fenceKraft fence
Meegan N.
After getting 3 bids for our fence we chose Wilco Construction. From beginning to end we were very happy with the professionalism, work quality, price and placement of our new vinyl fence. I highly recommend Wilco and would definitely use them again and recommend! Thank You for our new fence!
Wilco Construction LLCWilco Construction LLC
Elizabeth L.
Beautiful Work! Highly Recommend. Tore Down our fence and built a whole new fence in one day like promised. Most definitely will hire again to finish our other side.
De Dios Construction LLCDe Dios Construction LLC
Mary P.
Jimmy was great to work with and the fence looks great! Thank you!
De Dios Construction LLCDe Dios Construction LLC
Robert F.
Great job installing our new chain link fence.
Shiny General ContractorShiny General Contractor
Thumbtack Customer
Great customer service. Super easy to work with and the fence is amazing.
ZJ's ConstructionZJ's Construction
Jorge Z.
His experience and info allowed me to make better judgement on my fence staining job. His suggestions resulted in me picking the best paint for my fence. Thank you. awesome job!
pintala .n. morepintala .n. more
Michael D.
Jimmy and his team knocked out around 120 feet of custom fence in a day. Super easy to work with and will be very honest with you. I'll use him again if we updated fence in the back yard.
De Dios Construction LLCDe Dios Construction LLC
Laurel L.
Wow! What a fabulous job! I will hire them for all of my fencing needs. Over the years I have hired a lot of fence workers and this by far is the best value for your money, job well done!
Kraft fenceKraft fence
Sree G.
They fixed my Fence post. Very prompt, responsive and reasonable price.
Hello Neighbor Fencing LLCHello Neighbor Fencing LLC
John D.
I am extremely happy with the fence project Orlin and his crew at Shiny recently did for me. They completed the old fence demo and new fence construction ahead of schedule and it looks great! Their quality of work and professionalism is superb. They cleaned up after themselves nicely and even blew the leaves off my lawn, which I didn't expect but very much appreciated.
Shiny General ContractorShiny General Contractor
Levi H.
Emanuel responded right away to my fence repair request, gave a good bid, and did the job just a couple days later. He's kind and does very good work. Would recommend to anyone for fence repairs.
Continental Yard Care and FenceContinental Yard Care and Fence
Daniel G.
Great work. Fast, efficient and a very nice finished product on my fence.
KAMP construction llcKAMP construction llc
Paige P.
I appreciated the crew working with an unusual schedule, and the fence is beautiful. Thank you.
Creative effects contracting LLCCreative effects contracting LLC
Cole D.
If I could give more stars I would! Gary was professional, easy to work with and efficient. F Gary built us an amazing fence in two days time. The fence is extremely sturdy and it incorporates a lot of finer details that make the fence that much more usable. His bid was well below others that we had received for the same project. I would hire him again in a heartbeat. Thanks Gary!!
Hartloff Property RestorationHartloff Property Restoration
Devon A.
We got a quality fence for an amazing fence and it was done in two days. You cant get any better than that. He responded to my request right away, was there when he said he was going to be and came in hundreds less than my other quotes. He was able to squeeze me in 2 weeks sooner than expected and less than 2 full days later we have a beautiful fence.
Hartloff Property RestorationHartloff Property Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
They were very fast and efficient and within 12 hours of inquiry, the fence was completed and looks great!!!
Wilco Construction LLCWilco Construction LLC
Kevin M.
Had a section of fence torn down by a windstorm. Orlin was prompt, professional, and did a great job!
Shiny General ContractorShiny General Contractor
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