Experience is Important

Experience in the construction industry is extremely important. Often, the typical homeowner doesn’t really think about it. Just because a few guys show up in a truck, does not mean they have extensive experience. If a tradesman is what we call in the business, a natural, then in a few short years he or she may be very good at what they do and the project may turn out great. However, natural ability is not a substitute for years of running into situations that require experience in problem solving. Difficult situations seem to come up on every project, they just do.

At McFall Masonry and Construction the beginning of 2015 marks our full 35th year in business. We have a 3rd generation member that works for the company within the family. Our company grooms most of our tradesmen and laborers so that we are confident no matter what situation may arise, the company member will know what needs to be completed to tackle the problem. 

It is very rare for us to come across a problem or very custom project that we haven’t tackled before. After 35 years, McFall Masonry and Construction has pretty much seen it all. Nothing really takes the place of experience.

Now, I know that we are not surgeons, but, if you needed open heart surgery, would you want a doctor performing for the first time on your heart? I know that I am not a dentist, but, would you want a dentist pulling your wisdom tooth, never having pulled a tooth before? The list goes on and on, the point is, if a tradesmen lacks experience and simply doesn’t complete a project structurally sound, it may cost you a lot of money.

Just the other day I was on an appointment looking at problems on an outdoor fireplace. The customer had paid a contractor $10,000.00 for a fireplace, yet the fire brick inside the firebox was beginning to fall apart–literally falling down into the ash of burnt wood. The tradesman had vertically stacked the fire brick inside the firebox very tight so upon completion it held together, they were paid and on their way. The problem occurred when the customer began to have fires in the fireplace. The brick got very hot and started to fall because they didn’t use fire mortar or any mortar for that matter. You probably as a customer don’t even know there is such a thing as fire mortar, and some contractors and tradesmen don’t even know that fire mortar exists, yet this is what has to be used for the brick to stay in place under very, very hot conditions. Now it’ll cost the customer another $1000 to repair the fireplace.

Do it right the first time, call McFall Masonry and Construction for all your home improvement needs. Remember, experience matters.

Pricing

Let’s talk prices. First let’s talk about material prices. Meaning the cost of stone, cement, sand, concrete for your patios. Years ago, prices would only go up in the spring, and then only about every three years. This simply is not the...

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Sealing Masonry

At McFall Masonry & Construction we offer many services. We install all types of masonry including flagstone, brick, chopped rock, builders rock, countertops, and fabricated stone. Many of these types of natural products can be sealed and at...

Sealing of Concrete

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Construction and the Weather

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Mortar Repairs

  At McFall Masonry and Construction, we are involved in all area of masonry and concrete. This includes all uses of rock, whether builders or chopped rock. We are involved in all area of flagstone work- whether it’s for a patio, walkway,...

Concrete Precautions

The pouring of concrete can be a strange thing. Often we may think the pouring of concrete is no big thing. After all, we see construction workers pouring concrete all the time. So, what’s the big deal? At McFall Masonry, we are almost...

Flagstone

Flagstone is a very popular masonry material for many home improvement projects here in North Texas. At McFall Masonry, we have completed hundreds of projects with flagstone. There are many different styles and possibilities: flagstone patios,...

Hardwood Floors

At Mcfall Construction, we are involved with many aspects of home improvement. One of these home improvements is wood flooring. Flooring comes in many types, shapes and sizes. It seems in this part of the construction industry, flooring changes and...

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

At Mcfall Masonry, we have constructed and developed many, many fireplaces and fire pits. Outdoor fireplaces became very popular around 2000, with even outdoor patio areas being somewhat rare before then. For the next decade, McFall Masonry...

Springtime with McFall

Spring is here in Texas. At McFall Masonry & Construction we’re always excited when spring finally arrives. As most of you know, the weather changes rapidly in North Texas.  We can have ice and snow on a Friday and by Monday...

More on Concrete

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Spring is upon us in North Texas, or so it seems. At McFall Masonry and Construction we’ve noticed that even though it’s February, springtime thinking is upon us. Its been a very mild winter thus far, especially compared to the last...

It's Time for an Estimate

When receiving an estimate from McFall Masonry, keep in mind you can expect to work with highly experienced tradesman who are able to communicate in fluent English and answer any questions you may have about your project throughout the entire...

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Yes! January is the time to get started on your outdoor home improvements. We often think that the best time of year to get things done is in the spring, or even later in the year, but the time is now. The costly holidays are over, tax returns are...
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