Recent Review: When I was shopping around for estimates, Patuxent Deck and Fence was the only company that would give me an upfront estimate in writing based on the specs I provided ...all this without requiring a site visit. I didn't want to have to deal with multiple vendors who would waste my time walking the perimeter of my property when all I really needed was a rough estimate based on the basic specifications I provided. I was also looking for a single vendor that I could hire for both projects -- the fence and the patio. First I talked with our builder's preferred vendor, Mid-Atlantic Fence and Deck. Since they had built our townhouse fence, I thought they would be good for our single-family home's fence too. They provided a high estimate for the fence, and did not seem to want to negotiate even though we were doing two major projects. But before we could even get to the negotiations, they wouldn't even answer our basic questions about materials and timeframe to get both projects done. So we are left wondering... if this is how the company treats us before they have our money, how much worse will it get after they have our money! Then I turned to Ace Deck and Fence, and they were real cooperative when we had three projects-- walkway, fence and patio -- but we had to drop the walkway project....and they wouldn't revise their initial quote! We never heard back from them either... apparently businesses is so good they can afford to turn away customers! Anyways I'm not going to bother to give them a poor rating, but it is interesting to note to their lack of professionalism as compared to Patuxent Deck and Fence. Anna from Patuxent Deck and Fence sent me an estimate via email a couple of days after I submitted their online form. I was impressed with their candid and straightforward approach. After this initial vetting, I asked Patuxent Deck and Fence to come to our property and do a proper site visit to see the terrain where the fence would be built, and to bounce ideas about the patio project. Tom, the owner, came out to chat with us. He did not try to pressure us to choose a particular paver or preferred vendor, and he didn't try to up-sell us into a cedar fence when pressure-treated pine would work just fine for our needs. We told Tom that we needed the fence done immediately after we moved in, and that the fence was the priority project since we have dogs. The day after we moved in, Tom was here with his crew to get the job done. As a last minute add-on project, Tom even created a 16x8 box filled with mulch as a dog area. Tom didn't charge us extra for this added labor/materials. We paid the same price that he had given us in our contract. Tom had estimated three days to get the fence done, weather permitting, and he delivered on it. Patuxent Deck and Fence got the job done...done right, done on time and done without cutting any corners on quality or workmanship. Both the fence and the patio look beautiful. I can't believe that other vendors were charging me nearly double for the same work! So if you want a whole lotta fluff on fancy stationery and business cards, go with the other guys.... you will definitely pay more because you're probably financing the owner's next Mercedes! But if you want no nonsense, get-it-done professionals, go with Patuxent Deck and Fence.