Failed to complete job. Horrible experience. Warning. Do not hire. Another contractor had to complete fence.
have had very poor experience with this man. I got my fence put up at a reasonable market price I guess (paying double what the materials cost). There was a couple problems right off the bat, he was missing the a set of hinges for the gate and expressed that he would come back and put them on. …
Midlothian, TX 76065
From Business: Hanson iron works is a full service company providing expert fabrication and installation of all ornamental wrought iron fence, gates, railings and more. We use only first run steel tubing in both hot and cold roll as well as pre-galvanized, expanded and perforated metals, flats, channels, rounds and tubing. We can also pr…
Waxahachie, TX 75165
From Business: Since 1984, Brothers Fence & Deck has been specializing in custom fences, decks, pergolas, arbors and patios. We proudly serve Waxahachie and the surrounding communities with professional workmanship and treat each of our clients with the same care as we would our family.nnWith over 30 years of experience in the industry, …
3230 Mccarver CtMidlothian, TX 76065
From Business: Custom Fencing and Patio Covers at Affordable Pricing! Increase your property's attractiveness and safety. Choose from the various types of fencing, whether it's wood, vinyl, chain link, or iron. No matter the type or size of property you have, find the right style of fencing with Custom Fence and Pergola. Residential, com…
Waxahachie, TX 75165
From Business: Arbor Custom Fence Co. specializes incustom fence building, fence restoration and repair. What sets us apart from other fence companies is that we are large enough to service all of your fencing needs but small enough that we never sub contract our work out. What that means for you is that you can rest assured that the wor…
23. Condor Fencing
Horrible service. Took them over 3 months to finally come out to do the initial work after I constantly hounded them to come out. Rod iron fence installed incorrectly, weld a mess, one gate fell off injuring me, most of Rod iron was installed w/ scratches down to metal, which exposes metal to…
Horrible service. Took them over 3 months to finally come out to do the initial work after I constantly hounded them to come out. Rod iron fence installed incorrectly, weld a mess, one gate fell off injuring me, most of Rod iron was installed w/ scratches down to metal, which exposes metal to rust. They spray painted the surface with spray paint from hardware store. They assured me they would replace all the fencing including the posts back in June. Every week Shawn the owner had new excuse as to why they couldn't come out that week to do the work. After 2 months of constantly asking them to come out to complete the work, Shawn quite answering. I contacted Amex to reverse charges, suddenly after 3 weeks of no reply Shawn texted that he would come out the next week (same reply as before - always "next week"). I refused the work at this point and mentioned I would reverse the charges from Amex. Shawn is now threatening to place mechanics lien on house. Extremely unprofessional.
WARNING-- BEWARE you have been warnedThis company is the worst company ever! I would give 0 stars if I could.The fence they built for us was so horribly done we had to basically take it down and rebuild it. The gates look like a 10 year old built them.When question about the quality of the work done and what they were going to do about it Renae advised they are done. Apparently to her a loose, leaning, uneven fence with DIY gone wrong gates is this company's idea of quality work.Beware of this company you are warned
WARNINIG-- BEWARE you have been warnedThis company is the worst company ever the owner Ross Wess is a fraud a criminal who takes people hard earned money and runs in the pretense of repairing their fence.its been 3 weeks since we paid this con man to fix our fence and everyday its an excuse.He is a liar and a dishonest person.Beware of this company you are warned He called us and told us he was 15 minutes away from us and was on his way that was 5 days go and he is still not here.People like this will get what they deserve.ROSS WESS IS NOT A HUMAN BEING HE IS THE REALL SCUM OF THE EARTH.Ross Fencing:Larry W. Ross: aka Wes RossHome Address: 705 Covent Garde Pl. Midlothan Tx. 76065and 5280 Hidden Lake Trl Midlothan Tx. 76065Business: 1604 N. Hwy 67 Midlothan Tx. 76065 – Fake storefront. Use for stealing your money. Heworks out of his Truck.Truck: Black Ford F250, License Plate: CZ5-6235. If you are a customer: Deceptive Business Practices.It is a State Jail Felony. Texax Penal Code: 32.42
Beware of this fencing company!!! I signed a contract with this company in late August just before the other comment or review that was released. I received a reasonable cost estimate for doing my fence project from Wes Ross (I assumed to be the owner of the company). He said that he could not start on my project until I paid 1/2 the cost of the project upfront for the materials. Since he was a local contractor and just finished a job down the street about a month ago, I foolishly gave the money upfront. Nobody is at the office in Midlothian and nobody ever returns my telephone calls. Please do not do business with this company.
STOP AND THINK!!!! GET ANOTHER QUOTE!!!!! This will be a bad experience. We recently bought a home and the owner of the company had his crew come out and do the job in a timely fashion. They came back more than once to complete the job. Problem started when the owner came out and picked up his payment and told us anytime you need for me to come back and do something, just call. I had to call him to bring parts that were left off the fence, the fence post were not cut correctly and paint was missing from parts of the fence which were cut. We have continuously contacted the ower and he told use he would be back, he has been a no-show many times. I have the text messages to prove it.PLEASE DO NOT GET TAKEN BY THIS BUSINESS>
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.