Is your fence ready for summer? If the winter wore it down, the gate’s springs have the sags, the wood posts are starting to rot, or you don’t even have a fence—it’s time to call in the pros. Alex Lucero of SOP Mobile Welding in Glendale, a highly rated pro on Thumbtack, Arizona gives the lowdown on hiring a great fence installation or repair person to give you the fence of your dreams.
What should people look for when hiring a fence professional?
Read those references, says Alex. Reviews from previous clients like those you’ll see on Thumbtack are where you’ll find what you need. He believes the work really speaks for itself.
Other tips for finding the right fit include confirming the company is available on your timeframe, ensuring they specialize in the type of fence you have, and having a clearly written contract that you feel comfortable in and confident with.
What are the most common requests you get from clients?
Metal gate repairs are the main request right now, shares Alex. A common problem is when the fence wall starts to lean, it causes the gate to be too tight and not close properly.
Wood fences see a variety of problems from termites to rotting wood under the ground to cracked slats. There’s always a solution, so before you turn it all into bonfire fuel, call in a fence pro to assess the repairs needed. Chances are it’s a quicker fix than starting from scratch.
Any suggestions for people putting up a new fence or popular materials you’ve seen?
Composite wood is a plus, says Alex, as it will last up to 10 years without rotting or going bad. Wood is prone to rotting when the wood posts that support the fence get wet underground. This can be fixed by digging out around it and pouring in concrete to stabilize the post, but composite wood can help fight the good fight from the start. Staining or treating your wood fence is also insurance against damage done by water, weather, and bugs.
What are the costs for your different services?
Depending on the project and the materials he is working with, Alex’s fees range from $75 to $100 an hour. If you’re not sure what type of repair is needed, request an estimate (and clarify beforehand if there’s a cost for a site visit estimate).
How long does the average job take?
Repairs generally take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half for SOP Mobile Welding. Most fence repair companies come out with all the tools and materials needed to get the job done. Alex takes pride in his work and reputation, and urges you to find a pro with a similar dedication. He believes customer reviews are the way to find out.
Any tips for first-timers building a new fence?
Have a general idea as to design, materials desired, and size of the fence before contacting the pro, suggests Alex. They can make recommendations, but it helps to know what you want. If building a fence from scratch, confirm that you’re in line with any building codes in the neighborhood. You don’t want to build a 12 foot fence only to learn the max is 9 feet.