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$541
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$293 - $803
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$135
High End
$1,400

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Homeowners nationwide pay an average of $541 to repair a wooden fence. Project costs usually range from $293 and $803 but can be as little as $150 or as much as $1,350.

Staining, power washing, and maintaining your wood fence on a regular basis helps protect it from the elements and makes it last longer. You will also have to perform repairs in case of mold, termites, or climate destruction. Repairs depend on the extent of the damage and the type of wood, among other factors. A professional fencing contractor can figure out what fixes your fence needs and provide the materials to complete the job. Here’s more information about the kinds of influences that cause damage and what goes into making their repairs.

On This Page:

  1. How to Fix Common Issues
  2. Average Gate Repair Costs
  3. Parts Replacement
  4. Factors that Affect Costs
  5. Cleaning and Maintenance
  6. DIY vs. Hire a Pro

How to Fix Wood Fences: Common Issues

The first step to mending your structure is identifying what’s wrong. From structural damage to below-ground issues, some of the most common problems are also the easiest and least expensive to fix.

Wood Posts & Rail Damage: $135-$400

The cost to replace posts ranges from $135 to $400 depending on the level of damage. When the ground shifts, posts can move out of position. There are plenty of minor, less expensive repairs such as resetting a post.

Weather deterioration, rot, or collision with an automobile will require replacement, which will cost significantly more. In some cases, you can use a steel spike, mender, or bracket to reinforce a damaged post or rail instead of replacing it at a cost of $12 to $20, excluding labor.

Wood fences consist of posts and rails. Posts run vertically, while rails run horizontally. A variety of damage can affect both types of support beams. For example, high winds can break posts. In certain parts of the United States, termites and beetles destroy the wood. Rails are also susceptible to rot and insect destruction.

Repair needs depend on the type of wood and the design, but homeowners should not try to do it themselves, especially with the rails. Rails help reinforce the posts, and if you repair them incorrectly, more posts could easily break off or fall backwards in high wind conditions. In most cases, a professional will be able to repair or replace the damage and leave the rest of the fence intact, saving the homeowner time and money.

Rot: $150-$500

Cost to repair rot ranges from $150 to $500 depending on the amount of damage. Steps may include chemical treatment, filling and patching holes, and/or staining or painting. In severe cases, you may need to replace the fence altogether.

Wood is naturally susceptible to rot because of exposure to the elements. Homeowners have the choice to repair by patching and supporting the rotted posts or rails. Depending on the extent of damage, homeowners may need to completely replace the support panels and boards, which will cost more but last longer against climate conditions.

Some species of wood handle moisture better than others, like cedar and redwood, but they are more expensive. You can also buy lumber that is not waterproof and treat it with a stain or paint to increase durability.

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Holes & Cracks: $125-$370

Repairing holes and cracks costs between $125 and $370. If your fence needs refinishing or repainting, the project price will increase.

Termites and climate conditions can cause wood fences to develop holes and cracks over time. Structures do not always need replacement though. If the hole or crack isn’t too extensive, you can patch or refinish boards, panels, and slats instead.

When extreme damage compromises the integrity of the fence, you will need to take out the piece and replace it. That’s why homeowners should have extra pieces of the same kind of lumber on hand. You can use them for patch work at any time and avoid having a mismatched piece.

Weather Damage: $210-$620

Price to repair weather damage ranges from $210 to $620, depending on the type of finish and the extent of the wear and tear. Preparation of the surface, including cleaning and removing old finishes, may need more time, materials, and equipment and could increase total project costs.

To maximize durability, homeowners should stain or paint the wood to protect it from the weather for as long as possible. The type of stain or paint you add will affect how long it lasts against elements other than wind or termite damage. Make sure to power-wash the surface before applying the stain or paint. Otherwise, the coating will not adhere properly due to dirt or dust buildup.

Leaning, Sagging, or Shifting Ground: $140-$420

Homeowners should expect to pay between $140 and $420 to repair a leaning or sagging fence due to damage or shifting ground. If the foundation and posts are sound, repairs to rails and panels may be enough. Major work on the foundation and support structure will be a more expensive fix.

Posts sometimes sag because their bases rot below the ground level, but that doesn't mean you have to replace them. Rather, you can dig out the ground around it, put it in the correct upright position, and pour concrete around the base to hold it correctly in place again. Basic concrete typically costs between $3 to $6 per square foot. Another way to correct the sag is to install a diagonal brace to prop it up, again using concrete for support.

Sagging gates can also occur, usually due to surrounding posts sagging in the ground or because of failing parts. A gate may also sag because its heaviness forced the frame out of alignment. To fix this, you can install a tension rod with a turnbuckle adjustment for $5 to $15, excluding labor. Another way to mend a misaligned gate is to remove it from the hinges and attach a new wood diagonal bracing kit for between $15 and $40, not including labor.

Soil can shift because of snow and rain, which can also cause shifting and sagging. This can compromise the entire structure. That’s why it is best to install posts at least three feet underground to ensure shifting soil doesn’t affect them. If you did not install this deep, you can run a string across the top of the fence to check if it’s level. If the string doesn't remain straight, it’s a good sign you’ll need to have the fence realigned and posts installed deeper to avoid future repairs.

In most cases, sagging or leaning is a complicated repair and not a DIY project. Homeowners should call a professional to diagnose the problem and give a quote to fix it.

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Average Wooden Gate Repair Costs

Gate repair work ranges from $115 to $340 and can include anything from replacing parts to mending structural damage. The type of damage and whether a homeowner has a wooden or metal gate will determine how much or little a homeowner will pay to fix it.

When gates are new, they are sturdy and capable of handling all the traffic from people going in and out of the backyard. Over time though, hinges can become creaky, latches won’t catch, and the gate loses its effectiveness.

A hinge can quit working if it sags. Even if the original installer set the posts in concrete, the gate can drag against the hinges because the posts give in to the weight of it over time. To fix this, a professional will put a small wheel underneath the moving part of the gate. The wheel will take the full support of the gate and allow its hinges to move smoothly again.

Some gates have latches that work with a push or pull handle. Sometimes when posts shift, latches no longer reach, and the gate won’t close. Homeowners can fix this by nailing boards on both sides of the latch hole. Then the latch can go between the boards, catch, and close the gate without a problem.

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Wood Fence Parts Replacement

Replacing missing boards or panels averages between $110 and $330. Prices can vary widely depending on two major factors: the type of wood you choose and the size of the replacement pieces.

Fence Pickets

Pickets come in a range of wood types and styles and range in price from $1 to $10 each. You should replace pickets when they warp or break. New units will need staining or painting to match the original fence and increase longevity. A standard picket is 6 feet high and about 6 inches wide.

Picket Replacement Prices
Wood TypeEstimate (for 6-Feet Height by 6-Inch Width)
Pressure-Treated Pine$1-$5
Cedar$2-$3
Cypress$2
Western Red Cedar$6-$8
Redwood$8
Spruce$5
Composite$6-$10
White Oak$5-$10
Black Locust$5-$10
Tropical Hardwoods$8-$15

Fence Panels

Missing panels occur because of wind, storms, or rot over time due to moisture. Cost factors to replace them include the type of wood and stain used at installation. If more than one panel is missing, the price will also increase depending on the number of panels and labor needed to install them. It’s best to call a professional to reaffix the missing panels, especially if there is more than one that needs replacement.

Replacement Costs per Wood Fence Panel
TypeSize (in feet)Price per Panel
Pressure-Treated Pine6x8$35-$50
Western Red Cedar6x6$90-$100
Spruce6x8about $50
CompositeVarious$100-$120

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Fence Posts & Lumber

Pressure-treated, 4x4-inch posts range from $20 to $25 each. You typically need four of these for a project for a total cost of $80 to $100. Pressure-treated, 2x4-inch lumber runs between $3 and $10 each, depending on exact sizes. Number and total cost of lumber varies per job.

Estimating Costs to Repair vs. Replace

A new structure averages about $2,600 and ranges from $1,700 to $3,850. In cases of extreme wear and tear, installing a new wood fence may be more cost effective than repairing an old one.

A quote from a fencing professional will include the materials, labor, and equipment needed to install an entirely new structure. Total project price will depend on the size and height, type, and environmental factors like slope of the ground. Removing an existing structure is usually an added charge at a rate of $2 to $5 per linear foot. Removal of a typical, 200-foot unit would add between $400 and $1,000 to the total project budget.

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Factors that Affect Repair Costs

Factors include adherence to local codes and the extent of the damage, as well as the size, type, and style of fence that needs repairs. The location of the job, the size and nature of the structure, and the age and condition of it will all play a role in overall price.

Permits and Codes

When it comes to repairs, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure the project stays within state, local, and community guidelines. The government does not usually require permits for repair and, when they do, your pro will usually get them for you and include costs in the quote. However, one should seek approval of homeowner’s associations prior to starting work to avoid fines or conflicts.

Height

Height will be different depending on local city codes and homeowner expectations. On average, local front yard codes for residential areas limit a fence to between 3 and 4 feet in height. Back or side yard structures can usually be around 6 feet tall. Those who need to make repairs will need to consider costs based on those heights.

Extent of Damage

The amount of damage will affect how much you pay. In most cases, extent of damage depends on the type of wood. For example, pressure-treated lumber has many preservatives, so it will last indefinitely. Compared to other types, cedar and redwood stand up well underground and will not need much in the way of stain or paint to handle the elements. Those who invest in these kinds of materials are less likely to experience extensive amounts of harm. If they invest in less expensive materials, they might have a greater amount, which could mean more extensive repairs and a higher overall price.

Supporting Structure

Since posts give support to the rails and panels of the fence, they will be the main area that will need repair should they ever break or rot. If an undamaged post moves out of its regular position because of weather conditions or any other reason, it will need to be reset in a concrete foundation or deeper in the ground. You will need to patch, refinish, or replace worn posts, depending on the extent of wear and tear and how it affects the rest of the structure. The type of damage, labor, number of posts, and wood type will factor into the total cost to fix this supporting structure.

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Cleaning & Maintaining Your Fence

Cleaning and maintenance can extend the life of your structure. As a bonus, regular attention keeps it from becoming an eyesore. A homeowner can maintain a fence him or herself with just a little bit of time and a few inexpensive materials and pieces of equipment.

Equipment

You can purchase an electric or gas-powered pressure washer for between $90 and $800, depending on the desired strength. You can also rent pressure washers for between $40 and $100 per day. Be sure to choose the right equipment, sprayer tip, and technique when cleaning and prepping the material. Too much pressure can cause damage, while too little pressure will not effectively prepare the surface.

Staining, Painting, & Sealing

Staining runs from $1 to $2.25 per square foot. Depending on how you’d like to calculate it, the price of painting a fence runs from $1.50 to $3 per square foot or about $5 per linear foot. A homeowner can buy fence paint for $15 to $30 per gallon. Waterproof, exterior stain sealant for up to ¼ of an acre of fencing ranges from $100 to $200 for 5 gallons.

Coating your fence will improve its overall look and enhance its durability. Reapply sealants according to manufacturer recommendations, usually every 6 to 24 months. Homeowners may also want to keep leftover or matching stain, paint, and sealant on hand for repairs and quick fixes.

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DIY vs. Hire a Pro

The average homeowner should hire a fencing pro. Repairing a wooden fence is a complicated job that requires at least two people, a variety of skills, and a wide range of materials and equipment. A professional can usually save you time and money by buying the materials at wholesale, completing the work more quickly, and avoiding expensive errors.

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Joyce Rohlsen More than 1 year ago
I really learned a lot about wood fences. I just hope that with this knowledge I will be able to have an educated judgment  on how my project will evolve..
Louise Cronian More than 1 year ago
Patrick's Home And Deck Restoration put in a fence, did not finish, one front side is not done and the other front side is on backwards not according to code.  He did not do a good job and some of the fence is white.  We asked for the vinyl white and he said cost to much and paid him 3000 plus labor plus building the deck is horrible and not finished.  He was glad to take our money but not finish.  We did not get what we asked for so I NEED someone to finish side so I can open close and turn the other side around in front just one tier I guess like a gate opening around to Utica code.  We also need deck finished.  Can someone look and help it will be coming out of his picket when i am done.
Michael Hearn More than 1 year ago
Never pay someone before the job is finished. I learned the hard way.
Legal action can be taken against shady contractors.
ROBERT SIMMONS More than 1 year ago
my plan is to remove each panel and post cut post even with ground level repour concert add brace reinstall post and panel.
frank portillo More than 1 year ago

the wood fence to replace is 3.5 x 6 ft


frank portillo More than 1 year ago
the plan is to replace the wood gate
Michael Hearn More than 1 year ago
I live outside the city limits of Callahan Florida. I have a 125 ft across the front yard 6 ft. high 
The fence is made out of  lattace . The hurricane damaged parts of the fence. I need a trust worthy bonded insured licensed contracter to fix it. the fence is 100 ft deep.
DAVID SWAUGER More than 1 year ago
I USED THIS SERVICE FOR MY YARD CLEANUP AND THEY RECOMMENDED A COMPANY AND THEY WERE EXCELLENT
frank portillo More than 1 year ago

I sure say wood gate is 3.5 x 6 ft


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