Answers to Your Questions About Dallas Fence Installation & Repairs

Is there anything more classic than a white picket fence? It's one of the most iconic symbols of American nostalgia, right up there with apple pie and tire swings. Dallas Fence installation—with white picket or otherwise—can do a lot to improve your curb appeal by adding style and charm to your home.

It's not all about appearances, though. Those pickets also delineate the border of your property, keep children and pets safe, keep out intruders, and increase your property value when it comes time to sell. If you are thinking of getting Dallas fence installation service for your home, you likely have some questions—well, we have answers!

We have the expert advice you need about Dallas fence installation and repair services. When you are ready to get fence installation service, rely on Mr. Handyman of Dallas for a first-class experience with outstanding customer service and workmanship.

What Are the Parts of a Fence?

This might seem pretty basic—how complicated can it be!? You might be surprised. It's good to know the proper terms for all the different parts so we're on the same page.

  • Posts: Also called columns, these are the vertical parts that hold the whole structure up. They are usually buried several feet in the ground and reinforced with concrete.

  • Rails: These are attached to the posts horizontally, running parallel to the ground, and are typically on the back of the structure.

  • Pickets or slats: These pieces are attached to the rails and can be vertical or horizontal. They form the front, most visible part of the structure.

  • Gate: A portal that swings open to allow entry or exit. Sometimes there isn't an actual gate, just an archway or gap in the structure.

Some structures have more elaborate trim elements such as lattice or kick boards, and others have fewer parts—for example, a chain link fence is just posts and panels of chain link, or a wrought iron version may be basically one unit that has been welded together.

What Are the Signs of a Damaged Fence?

Wondering if your structure is due for repairs or a total replacement with professional Dallas fence installation service? Walk along the entire structure on both sides and examine it carefully for the following symptoms of trouble:

  • Cracked or broken timber

  • Wood rot

  • Weathered, gray, splintered wood

  • Peeling, flaking paint or wood stain

  • Rust stains & other signs of corrosion

  • Sagging, unstable posts that move when you touch them

  • Bent, warped, or loose chain link panels

  • Contact with the ground (posts are the only part that should be touching the soil)

  • Vinyl faded by sun exposure

  • Squeaking or broken hinges & latches

  • Gates that are difficult to open & close

You may also need our installation services if you've gotten a notice that your structure violates Dallas’ city bylaws or building permits. It's best to get that taken care of before you receive a fine. If the fence height exceeds the allowed maximum, or it encroaches on city property, it can be shortened or relocated.

Do I Need Fence Installation Services or Just Repairs?

We are frequently asked the old “repair or replace” question, and it tends to come down to the extent of the damage. Fence repairs are often an efficient and cost-effective way to get your structure back in great shape, but sometimes repairs just aren't going to cut it and you need a new installation.

Here are some situations in which you will likely need to replace stretches of fence or the whole thing:

  • More than about 25% of the whole structure has been damaged by factors such as harsh weather, neglect, or just normal wear and tear.

  • It was hit by a falling tree branch or a vehicle and has suffered extensive damage.

  • It is infested by termites, carpenter ants, or other destructive pests.

  • You want a new style that will enhance your curb appeal and add property value.

What Type Should I Choose for Dallas Fence Installation?

There is a wide range of fencing materials and quality products available, so you can choose the perfect design, color, size, and style to match your home and personal tastes. Consider the pros and cons of these popular choices that Mr. Handyman of Dallas could use for your fence installation service.

Wood Fences

Wood is a natural material that is bursting with appeal. It's also an environmentally friendly option, especially if you choose domestically grown timber or reclaimed wood. However, wood is susceptible to rotting and requires more maintenance than some other types. It needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years in Dallas, depending on the type of wood and how well it is cared for.

PVC or Vinyl Fences

Vinyl or PVC requires less maintenance than wood and comes in a wide array of styles, including options that mimic the look of wood. However, it does have a few drawbacks. Initial material costs can be higher, and they are prone to warping or fading in extreme weather. Since it's plastic, it is also not the most eco-friendly choice.

Wrought Iron

Want to bring some elegance and vintage style to your property? Wrought iron is a must-have. It's extremely strong, durable, and long-lasting. Wrought iron is a luxury material, so installation costs are high, but you won't have to worry about replacement—with proper care, it could still be looking great a century after it was built. As an added bonus, the only maintenance it needs after installation is a coat of rust-resistant paint every few years.

Chain Link Fences

While chain link is the most functional and inexpensive option, it's lacking in the appearance and style categories. Chain link is durable and low-maintenance, and you can expect it to last about 20 years in Dallas before it needs to be replaced.


This sturdy material doesn't quite have the style of wrought iron, but it is inexpensive and durable. It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles but isn't necessarily the best choice for privacy or security. Aluminum structures are usually made from recycled material, which makes them an environmentally friendly choice.

What Are the Options for a Gate?

If you want your structure to contain rambunctious pets and children or prevent access to your property by people or vehicles, you'll need to have a gate installed. Whether you want to add a gate to an existing structure or are considering your options for a gate to go with your new Dallas fence installation, here are a few common styles to choose from.

  • Single-door or double-door options are the standard for gating off a walkway or path.

  • Swing gates are typically placed across a driveway to prevent vehicle access.

  • Cantilever gates that slide open are perfect for limited spaces such as a narrow street.

  • Rolling gates use a track and wheel system embedded on the base.

Need Dallas Fence Installation Service? We’ll Get the Job Done Right!

Whether you're in Dallas or a nearby community such as Rose Hill, Addison, or Mesquite, you can rely on the fence installation experts at Mr. Handyman of Dallas to create a beautiful fence for your property and deliver first-class customer service. We’ll also help get it clean and well maintained with professional repairs and maintenance services like power washing.

Pick up the phone and give us a call today at 972-627-4518 to request a service appointment or chat with our friendly customer service representatives to learn more about our popular Dallas handyman services!