Phoenix contractors answer questions on masonry work

Phoenix contractors answer questions on masonry work

We’ve scraped together some masonry project advice from these three highly rated Phoenix-area providers.

What types of masonry services does your company offer?

Jeremiah Padilla: We do all types of walls, barbecues, firepits, fireplaces, water features, columns, mailboxes and more.

Vince Merlino: We do retaining walls, and a lot of structural projects. We also do outdoor kitchens. I’d rather take on larger projects.

Bob McPeters: We have a masonry contractor license, so we’re certified to build skyscrapers, but we focus on block walls.

Who we spoke to


Jeremiah Padilla, owner


Vince Merlino

Vince Merlino, owner

New River

Sunset Fence

Bob McPeters, president


Are there any recent masonry trends?

Padilla: We’re building a lot of fireplaces, which you wouldn’t think would be common in Arizona.

Merlino: I get a lot of calls for repair work. I also get a lot of calls for block fences, but we try to stay away from those.

McPeters: We replace wood fences with block fences a lot. Because of the heat here, if you have anything made from wood, you have to maintain it. Masonry is forever.

What is the price range for your services?

Padilla: It varies based on the job. Standard benches can range between $300 and $500, whereas our fireplaces can measure up to $10,000.

Merlino: We charge a $1,000 minimum. It goes up from there depending on the job. We’ll do jobs that are $200,000.

McPeters: We charge by the linear foot, and it costs $25 to $28 per linear foot. Most jobs are right around $3,000. We have done million-dollar perimeter walls in the past.

What should our members look for when hiring someone for masonry work?

Padilla: Get down to the nuts and bolts of how the company will build your project. I fix a lot of work that has cracked after only four or five years. It ends up costing more to fix something than to just pay more upfront.

Merlino: Do the research and look for registered contractors. Look to see how long the company has been in business. When it comes to masonry, it’s really easy to cut corners, so beware of the lower prices.

McPeters: Trust no one. Look up reviews. Check the Registrar of Contractors and make sure there are no complaints. You should also look at their work and see how long they’ve been in business.

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