Spring is Fast Approaching

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 several years where we’ve had 4 months of freezing temperatures, snow, ice and just plain cold, cold weather. In years past, it has been difficult to get a running start on the spring season until April and sometimes even later. This year, although we have had our share of very cold, wintery weather, we’ve also had our share of great warm weather. Today is February 10, 2015 and it’s currently 73 degrees. As Texans we love this kind of weather. Yes, we’ll complain come August, but that’s the Texan way–complain when it’s cold and curse the 110 degree heat that can hit us for 40 days. That being said, this is the typical North Texas type weather that I know and love.

With so many people getting ready for their yearly home improvement, McFall Masonry and Construction would like to remind you to please have all your preparation work completed ahead of time. This will save so much time when you are ready to hire McFall Masonry and Construction, or any contractor, for your projects. 

It’s important to read up on your HOA rules and guidelines to make sure what you want to do is allowed. Submit the necessary paperwork to your HOA for approval. Sometimes this process doesn’t take very long, but some HOAs take weeks for approvals. Once approved, you can receive estimates, decide on your contractor, (hopefully McFall Masonry and Construction), hire your contractor and get started as soon as possible. If you are looking to get your project completed quickly, then act quickly. Typically when we’re hired, if all ducks are in a row, we can get started fairly quickly.

Another important factor is knowing what you want. This can be difficult and sometimes takes assistance from the contractor, but do as much as you can to understand styles, stone, concrete styles, outdoor kitchen styles, etc.  Please, with all due respect, if both you and your spouse are meeting with us, make sure that you are both in agreement. At McFall Masonry and Construction we have experienced many marital arguments when we are there to bid a project, and both people had different ideas. Sometimes the disagreement can escalate and it can be very uncomfortable for us.

We look forward to being of service to you in completing your projects this year. Also look for the expansion of our company at mcfallconstruction.com, coming soon.

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...

Its the End Of Summer

The end of the summer of 2015 is finally here and it flew by didn’t it? We had a lot of rain here in North Texas this past spring, which is probably why if seemed to go by so quickly. In North Texas our summers typically start around...

Heat Precautions With Masonry

    The heat is on in North Texas. It’s August, and we can always count on the heat. This year, at least right now in early August, the temps are up with a vengeance. Precautions are always needed in this weather when it comes...

Moisture-Caused Construction Failures

It’s now mid-summer 2015 and wow, did we have a wet wet spring. The wettest May in history and the wettest spring over all since 1957 in North Texas. We still have roads under water from over flowing lakes in North Texas. Water under the...

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are one of the most important items for a home, if you have a need. Yet most people do not pay attention to them until something goes wrong. So far, 2015 has been record-breaking for rainfall. This rain is very stressful for...

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

      The sealing of masonry and concrete can be a very important aspect of your project- although most customers are not aware of this process, and most do not choose to make this application. Let’s go over a few...

Construction and the Weather

The weather plays a huge role in your construction projects. During the spring in North Texas, we can receive a lot of rain. The last couple of years during springtime, it's been pretty mild with not much rain. This was great for Mcfall masonry...

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

Pouring concrete is an interesting beast.  Pouring concrete never gives us the same reaction on any given day. At McFall Masonry and Construction, we have probably poured concrete well over 3000 times and one thing stays the same, it’s...

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...

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...

Is now the best time of year to start your project?

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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