Fence Repair Guide for Wood and Vinyl Fences – (DIY or Fence Contractor)
Do Fence Repair Right
Most often, repairs are necessary if a part wears out or breaks. Knowing when to repair or replace plays a big role in the fence repair cost. Consider your options to repair it before you make a decision to replace it.
Wood Fence Repair
If part of your wooden fence has started to rot, you can replace bad slats, pickets or posts with the same type of wood, but the color may not match if the original fence has weathered. This is a job your can do by yourself or you can have a contractor do it. Start with our wood fence repair checklist.
When is it a total loss? A good rule of thumb – if more than twenty percent of your fence boards are bad, it is probably time to replace the entire fence. A good fence contractor can help weigh the costs and benefits of large-scale repair vs. a complete replacement.
Chain Link Fence
Chain link fences are very durable, but eventually they may start to rust. If 15% or more of the fence is rusted, it is time to replace that section especially because rust is cancerous and can spread. If you plan to work with a contractor, get their opinion on the integrity of the whole fence, and get estimates on both the cost of repair and the cost of replacement.
Vinyl fence is known for its durability and performance. If an accident causes your vinyl fence to break, you have the option of replacing the entire damaged section without disturbing the integrity of the entire fence. We have created the essential how to guide here for vinyl fence repair and post mending to help with your repairs.
Before you replace vinyl fence panels save yourself the time and hassle, patch the hole instead! It’s easy. Learn more about our low cost DIY Vinyl Fence Repair Kit here.
Fence Repair Costs
A new fence costs between $2,600 and $8,000 on average, depending on the size and type you buy. Fence repair costs should not exceed about 20% of the original cost ($500 low end to $1500 high end). If you find yourself spending more than this, it may be worth considering a total replacement to restore the integrity of the structure for long term performance.
Most homeowners spend between $263-$701 on a repair project
There is good news! Fence Daddy offers new solutions to help – Our Fence Post Mender and a Vinyl Fence Repair Kit can save you hundreds of dollars on traditional repair materials. Visit our products page for more details.
How to Find a Good Fence Contractor
Still not convinced you can do it yourself? We get it. Great peace of mind comes with hiring a professional to get the job done. But with a so many fencing companies to choose from, how do you know if the cost of fence repair you're quoted is reasonable, or if you're paying too much for too little?
Fence Daddy’s Fence Contractor Guide offers a complete checklist and local options near you. The person you hire should be willing to offer free estimates and flexible solutions to save you money. Look for ways to cut costs:
- Removing old and setting new posts using concrete is the most expensive fence post repair and requires your installer to auger post holes in the ground and then replace the entire post. What many contractors may not realize is that there is now a cheaper Fence Post Mender alternative to reinforce the post without having to dig it out of the ground.
- Our Vinyl Fence Repair Kit is another way to avoid replacing entire fence panels, saving you hundreds of dollars.
Visit our products page for more details.