Stillo did a very lengthy series of repairs on our house. What started as a seemingly small job mushroomed into a much larger job very quickly as a serious amount of underlying wood rot was discovered. All work included, Stillo performed about 6 months worth of intensive work, stripping off a significant amount of improperly installed stucco. The poor initial install had caused some walls to be so severely rotten that the old studs looked like pulp. As a former contractor myself, I was very discerning and thorough in the selection process leading up to selecting Stillo Construction for this job. Stillo was 1 of 5 contractors allowed the opportunity to bid out this job. With all factors considered, I decided Stillo was the most fair price given their extensive knowledge, experience, large crews, and attention to detail. Being a 6 month job, a few issues did come up. At one point, during the repairs, a tarp blew loose during a rainstorm, and some leaking resulted. Stillo repaired all of the minor damage without any argument, free of charge, and made it look as if nothing had ever happened. In the end, Stillo was contracted for numerous jobs. Every bit of work, or change to any work was very professionally handled through detailed, and itemized contracts. Stillo also provided their proof of insurance without me even requesting it. They provided a $1 million liability policy. Stillo did an excellent job with clean up, and considering that they virtually rebuilt the house, we could not be happier. All the paint was matched perfectly, tile work looks amazing, the stucco looks great, and was done to code, and built to last. Every step of the way, Frank was happy to show me the underlying rot, and justify any work that needed to be done. Fantastic work overall. Without a doubt, Stillo has to be the best Stucco contractor in the Houston area, if not in all of Texas. I would give this job a 6 our of 5 stars. Excellent work.
1. Foster Fence
Foster Fence repaired the hurricane damage to our wooden privacy fence. The repair job is better than the original fence! They also put a double gate in place of the single gate. Looks good and works well.
2828 Delafield StHouston, TX 77023
From Business: Rio Grande Fence has been in the Houston TX area since around 1978. We are fully insured and will provide certificates upon request. Rio Grande Fence is registered within the City of West University, City of Bellaire, City of Spring Valley, City of Pearland, City of Dickinson, City of Bunker Hill, City of Piney Point, City…
2530 Spring Cypress Rd Ste 5aSpring, TX 77388
From Business: Fence Houston-Southland Fence & Supply Company provides custom-built fences and gates for homes and businesses in Houston and surrounding areas including Spring, Tx., The Woodlands, Tx., Cypress, Tx., and more. Southland Fence is an 11-year BBB member, with a 2009 Better Business Bureau Gold Certificate for service, and ha…
15435 East FwyChannelview, TX 77530
From Business: Mobile Welding, Structural Welding, Stainless Steel Welding, Miscellaneous Welding, Structural Renovation, & Fabrication. Also include, Houston, TX Welding company that offers on-site welding, fabrication and repair. •Our welders are AWS D1.1 Certified Structural welders. •We have qualified fitters and Iron workers. •We’re…
After hurricane Ike we had quite a few other quotes for other roofing companies, but by and far they were they best, not just because of price, but all they offered in their quote. So many times when you receive a quote and at the end of a project the estimate is not what you end up paying, but …
ALDINE Westfield RdHouston, TX 77032
From Business: Southwestern Fence Company, Inc. of Texas has been providing the Houston area with outstanding and dependable fencing services since 1937. We provide a variety of fencing installations and repairs of products available on the market today, from industrial iron fence installation to residential wood rail fencing; we do it a…
17420 W Little York Rd Ste MHouston, TX 77084
From Business: As a leading provider of custom metal fabrication, we take pride in offering cost effective and premium quality fabrication. We offer in house welding, bending/rolling, and custom design fabrication. For ultimate satisfaction, we also offer delivery and installation of our products as well as welding services. As a company…
6108 Brittmoore RdHouston, TX 77041
From Business: The A-1 Difference There is no substitute for experience. For over two decades A-1 Construction Services has been the premiere concrete and asphalt contractor proudly serving Houston and surrounding areas. We continue to grow and anticipate customer expectations through our superior service and quality products. Time and B…
18. Jose Ortiz Fence
4214 Terry StHouston, TX 77009
From Business: Jose Ortiz Fence handles all types of fence installation. Our qualified installers have years of experience in custom built wood fences, vinyl fences, gate installation, and so much more. We complete both residential and commercial projects, offering quality, integrity, professionalism and fairness to every customer we wor…
21. Houston Fence Co
13300 Murphy RdStafford, TX 77477
From Business: Building Quality Fences in the Greater Houston Area,Since 1952 Residential & Commercial Fully Insured Payment Methods: Financing Available Mastercard Visa American Express Discover ASSOCIATION BBB Accredited Business Texas Fence Association American Fence Association
28. Advantage Fence
Houston, TX 77270
From Business: Are you ready to add a new look to and increase the functionality of your property? An elegant, ornamental iron fence or a wooden privacy fence can make all the difference in the world. And Advantage Fence has the expertise to create a fence according to your exact specifications. As fencing specialists, Advantage Fence of…
We have always used the Mr Handyman services for our home repairs. Last year we had some drywall work done on a seam that was cause by Hurricane Ike. We noticed around the last week of March 2014 that the crack was back. My husband called before the year was up,(on the invoice in bold print, sta…
I knew nothing about ornamental steel fences. My neighbor had her gate installed by Houston Fence company. She and her husband were unhappy with the work. It turned out that Houston Fence company subcontracted their fence job to a fence installation crew. When it came to having my driveway gate installed, I wanted to make sure I found a company that takes on the entire project themselves. I looked at several different companies on the yellow pages and ended up having 3 give me an estimate. Tom, from xl forging came last. He was great. His family owns the business and gets involved with everything, from estimates to fabrication to installation. A 3rd generation metal worker, he promised complete satisfaction and delivered! I am so happy with my gate, but feel sorry for my neighbors whose gate stands next to ours :) . Sorry for the long review, but I would like to show my appreciation for the great job these guys had done. Again, Great job guys!!!!! I'd like to add one more thing, they were also cheaper then the other companies! Lina C.
I wanted to write a quick note to express how happy I am with my new laminate flooring. The upstairs rooms were the last 2 rooms to get the makeover, and I'm so glad I found CJ. Not only did y'all match the "internet price" for the flooring, but you were able to give me a great price on the installation. Great price is important, but service & quality go hand in hand, also. The crew was professional & on time & great to work with. The quality of the workmanship was great. I fully expect to use CJ again as I have a lot of work left in this old house! What I also appreciate is the fact that you "showed up." I can't tell you how many contractors don't & it irritates me to no end to wait & then they call at the end of the day. You were always here when promised & kept in touch during the day. You get lots of points in my book when this happens. I was also excited when my carpeting came in, my stairs look great!
You're taking such good care of us, just like somebody would do for their mama. We are planning to have more work done in the near and far future and hearing that you guys will probably be doing your own financing at some point will make it sooooo much easier to pay for. Not only that, but having a little history with a reputable contractor will save wear and tear on an old lady's nerves. If you want to write something up advertising your business, Patti will post it to the Baker Hughes employees website, and I just know we're gonna love our new carpet, so anytime you want to use us as a reference, don't hesitate. Most of the time I'm home all day, so if you need someone to fold flyers or any other menial but time consuming tasks like that, I volunteer. I think it's so cool that your goal is to be the best in Houston and I believe it's gonna happen. Anyway...........thanks for the awesome deal, we can hardly wait!
Daniel & his team @ DT Fence provided a quick and easy process for a partial fence replacement for us. Very tech savvy, responded with pictures & queries to ensure he understood our questions/needs after the on-site visit. Provided a prompt estimate invoice. Made suggestions which solidified the ultimate fence choice & privacy screen. He took a several week delay in stride (landscape work that needed to be done by neighbor for fence access). When notified of date range for repair he responded promptly with his crew and the work was completed within 2 days. His workers were very professional and left a clean work-site. He visited the work site several times to ensure the job was proceeding according to specifications. He came back at completion to ensure we were happy with the job outcome. He is personable, has a great work ethic, and we highly recommend him for your fencing needs.
I own an insurance business and got broken into. Yes, some idiots broke into my insurance business as if there were anything to take. What is our world coming to? This was the first this has happened to me and I have been in business, since 1992. I never thought I would need grills. I hated the way they looked. My neighbors in my previous location had them and they were ugly!! My new location is a nice, newly built building complex. I contacted these guys to help me out. They installed my grills the following day!!!!! Yes, thats right, the next day!!!!!! and the most unbelievable thing is that it looks great!!!!!!! you won't believe it until you see it. They have a grill design that they call french windows. I think it may have made my place look even better. If you need grills, call them and ask for the french window design.
I hired N B contractors to find a leak and fix after 3 other contractors failed. Everyone else had address issue through the flashing the outside deck and caulking. Bob the owner was the only one that took the time to take the floor inside the house up to see that it was coming from the outside underneath and through the wall. There of been no leaks since he worked on it. You cannot even tell the floor had been pulled up . NB contractors created an outside patio area and solved a drainage issue. Bob has always been professional. His crew shows up in a timely manner and cleans up after themselves. Bob comes and checks on all of the work. I'm about to remodel two bathrooms and NB contractors are the contractors I will use because I trust them. Deborah
We recently replaced our 18 year old builder grade cedar fence. Daniel and his crew did an outstanding job! Their craftsmanship is top notch. I was amazed at some of the 'tricks of the trade' they used. I'm a cabinet maker and I learned a few things by watching them. I was very impressed. During the job, I noticed a welder on their truck. Just so happened, we had a half fallen down iron fence we needed to repair, so he did an excellent job in replacing the posts, painting and making it look like new again. Price was very fair and reasonable. I highly recommend them!!
My Wife and I love this company! Very professional and friendly staff! We interviewed 5 other Builders and this one is our choice! The business has been around for over 26 years and the owner - Todd Whistler - is not only the Builder but also the Designer! His visions of our dream home came out to be exactly what we wanted and cannot wait to start building with ARCHITRAVE!!! We understand that building a custom home is a bit more pricey on sq ft vs buying a production home, but we want the quality and detail to make ours unique. It is well worth the cost!
I was blown away with Daniel's professionalism. From the moment I spoke to him, he honored his word during every aspect; from our initial appointment, to the proposal and installation. He and his amazing crew just finished installing a Cedar Fence for us in our back yard and also replaced our electronic driveway gate and walkway gate. Top quality, attention to detail and left the area spotless. I am in sales and customer service as a business owner so I am pretty hard core when judging . DT Fence passed with flying colors. Thanks Daniel & Crew!
Homes are among the most expensive purchases you'll make in your lifetime, and it's important to make it your own, both inside and out. A fence can serve a number of purposes, including keeping a rambunctious pet or child from straying too far, creating privacy for your yard, improving the value of the house or simply making your home more secure.
More than 99,000 businesses offer fencing services and products in the United States, and the industry generates about $51 billion in revenue a year. With all of these options, homeowners can team up with a fencing contractor that meets their budget and requirements.
Types of Fences
No fence is one-size-fits-all. Each home is different, with its own character and charm, and homeowners should expect their fence to reflect this aesthetic. Fortunately, there are a number of fence materials that you can choose from to add to the look and function of your home.
When people dream about a house with a picket fence, wood is often the material that comes to mind. Wood is the most popular fencing type in the U.S. because it provides privacy thanks to its build and height options, looks attractive, and will likely last for the lifetime of the home. The downside of this option is that the height and size can impact the price, and it can take time to install.
Aluminum may not provide the type of security that wood and other options might as it would need fill-in panels. It requires little maintenance and can be decorated any way you want. However, this type of fencing is not ideal for areas with severe weather.
If you like the look of a wood fence, but not the price, PVC could be a good option. PVC is much cheaper and can be used to replace wooden stakes and pickets. While it's not as sturdy as wood, it can significantly cut down on material costs and comes in a variety of heights and colors. A PVC fence can last for years and has a high resistance to the elements.
Vinyl is one of the cheapest and most durable fencing types on this list. A vinyl fence has four times the flexibility and five times the strength of comparable wood fences. Although it has a high upfront cost, it requires no maintenance and is overall less expensive than other options.
Homeowners that are looking to be green may find bamboo fencing to be an appealing option. Bamboo is grown naturally, rising up to a foot a year, and can be planted to create a fence. Rolled bamboo and bamboo cane options will be the sturdiest choices and are optimal for colder climates.
If you think that fences are an eyesore, an invisible electric fence might be the optimal choice. These are especially beneficial for homeowners with pets. A trench is dug along the fence's boundary, and a wire is buried within. A wireless transmitter can then interact with a pet's collar to warn the animal when it is near the edge. Pets will stay within your yard, and you won't have the bulky structure of a fence.
How to Know if a Fence Works for Your Yard
Now that you know what materials are available, you might have an idea of what type of fence you'd like. However, there are a few considerations you'll need to address to verify that a fence will work for your yard:
Check Your HOA Regulations
Before you can begin planning for a new fence, you'll want to double check the rules for your neighborhood. Some homeowners' associations have stipulations concerning fences including standards for what materials can be used, as well as height requirements. Using this information, homeowners can thoroughly assess their options and stay in line with HOA regulations. You'll want to refrain from building excessively tall structures unless permitted by the HOA and municipality ordinances. Without this allowance, your fence will end up costing more.
Draw the Lines
Now that you know what guidelines are in place for fences in your area, it's time to determine if a fence will work for your yard in particular. You'll need to confirm your property lines to ensure that you stay within your established boundaries. A fence consultant will need to come out and locate utilities and other obstructions that could interfere with construction. The slope and contour of the terrain can affect the measurement of your fence as well. Understanding these elements will help determine if your yard is a good candidate for a fence and make planning run more smoothly.
Lay out Your Reasons
Establishing a fence takes some time and investment, so it will be important to consider why you're installing a fence in the first place. If you have kids or pets, safety might be your main reason. You might put in a fence for privacy if your landscaping isn't enough to provide your desired level of seclusion. For those selling their home, a fence can add visual appeal and increase property value. These considerations may guide you on what type of fence will be best for your home.
To properly maintain your fence, you must first learn about what problems you may face:
Utility lines must be marked before fence installation to prevent any damages. A simple visit from a professional can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
If you build a fence that doesn't adhere to ordinances, it can cost you a lot to address. Be sure to check with your HOA and municipality for regulations concerning what is required to build a fence in your area.
If you don't maintain your fence properly, you can expect it to come down with a few problems. You may notice that your fence is leaning or sagging, and this can be a fairly expensive problem to fix. If you don't close the gate properly, your hinges might sag and prevent your gate from closing securely. Homeowners can prevent these situations by performing regular maintenance on their fences.
Fence installation often occurs in stages. First, the fence company will mark the utility lines in your yard. Then, a crew will dig posts and set them in concrete. About a week later, the company will come and install the stringers, gates, fencing material and everything else. The average installation cost is slightly more than $4,500, but it will largely depend on the materials used. It's inadvisable to try to make this a DIY project, as a high degree of skill is required, and many costly problems can result from a bad fence installation.
Aluminum, vinyl and PVC fences all require little to no maintenance. Homeowners may use soap and water to clean off these materials, but they generally don't require much more than that. These options can be good for those that want a sturdy but low-touch fence.
Wood fences, on the other hand, require a little bit more work. With exposure to the sun and the elements, wood fences are prone to cracking, warping and cupping. To prevent this, homeowners are encouraged to clean, seal and stain their fence at least every three years. Clean the fence with a specially formulated cleaner. After 15 to 20 minutes, use a pressure washer to remove any mold, mildew and debris from the fence. From there, you can seal and stain the fence to protect it and help the wood look good as new. An oil stain is recommended, as it penetrates the material and can maintain its condition for years.
Choosing a Service
With tens of thousands of fencing service companies to choose from, how do you know which one will be the best for your needs? Here are some considerations to help you make a decision:
Are There Portfolio Examples?
You'll need to do some homework on your potential contractors. First, see if they have a website and a portfolio of samples. These can indicate the provider's level of experience and highlight their capabilities.
What's Their Reputation Like?
You'll want to have a contractor that has a good reputation. Look at customer reviews as well as how long the provider has been in business. If a contractor requires an immediate decision, asks you to pay cash or doesn't provide an estimate, it should serve as a major red flag. A friend or family member may also be a good source for recommending a contractor.
Is the Work Guaranteed?
Some organizations may offer a variety of promises, such as time to completion and discounts, simply to get you in the door. It's important to question the validity of these guarantees and research whether the contractor has delivered on these commitments. If it's clear that the contractor constantly misses deadlines or doesn't meet obligations, you'll want to renew your search.
Is There a Warranty?
No matter how good a contractor is, there may be an issue with the fence a year or two down the road. You should ask about what type of warranty is offered. A warranty could help offset repair costs if you have a sagging fence, while enabling you to fix any warped or cracked panels that may occur after exposure to the elements.
Homeowners should work with a fencing contractor who is certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations. Some of the biggest associations in this industry include:
American Fence Association
Since 1962, the American Fence Association has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive resource in the industry. The group aims to benefit fence-industry professionals and customers by promoting professionalism, education and certification of its members while keeping up with the latest developments, materials, standards and tools.
The AFA has created a rigorous certification program and requires recertification every three years. Professionals must prove a history of service in the industry prior to taking the certification exam and complete the multiple-choice test.
North American Fence Contractors Association
The NAFCA is a group of fence professionals who look to bring contractors and vendors together for better affordability and accessibility to educational opportunities within the industry. It's run by a number of volunteers and encourages all contractors who want to develop their skills to join.