Old Hat Wood Company
Areas of service:Houston, Spring, Beaumont, Pasadena, Katy, Sugar Land, Conroe, Baytown, Bryan, College Station, Humble, Missouri City, Pearland, Galveston, Huntsville, Lufkin, Port Arthur, Kingwood, Cypress, Richmond, Alvin, League City, Texas City, Friendswood, Tomball, La Porte, Magnolia, Cleveland, Livingston, Angleton, Deer Park, Lake Jackson, Dayton, Rosenberg, Stafford, Channelview, Vidor, Dickinson, Brenham, Montgomery, Nederland, Willis and Crosby.
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Old Hat Wood Company - Conroe, TX
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About Old Hat Wood Company
Old Hat Wood Company offers tree services such as:
Tree Care Services
Come visit us at: www.oldhatwoodco.com
We follow ANSI and NFPA standards.
Our liability insurance policies are specifically written for tree care and removal with no height restrictions.
Questions and answers
- What types of jobs are the most common?
Tree removals around structures, power lines and other hazards. Lately we have had a major demand for removing dead trees (snags) due to drought and pine beetle kill. Snags should always be evaluated by a professional tree faller for soundness before removal. Worst case scenario the snag may be farther gone than a homeowner realizes and they lose the tree in the cut causing themselves injury or killing themselves.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
Ask to see the following: DBA, Sales Tax Certificate, Insurance (Call the insurance agent and specifically ask if they cover tree removal).
If you are selling timber in the State of Texas it is required to have a bill of sale for the transaction.
Although helpful fancy equipment or association (paid for) membership are not indications of experience. Check a company till you feel comfortable hiring them. There are many good companies out there from several decades old to brand new.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
For our wildfire mitigation clients we provide yearly follow up surveys free of charge.
We also provide continual tree fertilization and treatment services. This includes pay as you go tree trimming in the dormant seasons.
Currently we are working on our commercial pesticide applicators license and do not provide pesticide treatment at this time.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
What is wildfire mitigation?
Wildfire mitigation involves going out and doing a survey of a selected property free of charge. This could be for residential, commercial or even timber property. The goal in a survey is to identify any hazardous situations that increase a fires intensity, thus allowing for corrective action and a reduction in losses due to wildfire.
Corrective measures may be home improvements, fuel reduction, fire breaks, storage relocation, irrigation systems, etc. Corrective actions are on a paid for basis however the surveys are always a complementary service.
All recommendations are made in accordance with NFPA standards.
For more information you can visit www.firewise.org
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I am proud of every project that I do. I would not put my name on any work that I would not be proud of.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I am a former Navy SEAL and wildland firefighter. I started learning about high angle rope work in the military and carried that into firefighting. My tree felling experience started on a USFS Hotshot crew and USFWS wildfire firefighting crews. I have also worked full time as a municipal firefighter.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
I stay busy enough between family and work that I tend to lose count unless I look it up on my paperwork.
I do have the capacity to remove between 100 to 200 large trees per month though. These are trees that need to be climbed and pieced out.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
It is recommended that if your property lines are not obvious to companies such as a fenced yard that you mark them with ribbon. When you are selling timber to a logging operation it will be very helpful to have the legal description of the property and even a copy of your survey on hand.
- What brands or products do you work with?
I prefer to work with stihl brand equipment. I may be bias due to having been broken in on stihl equipment when I was younger. However I have never been let down by their products.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Association memberships are not always a indication of quality they are helpful however it is not free.
If you call a professional company to come give a bid expect to pay a professional price. No one can run a company netting 100 dollars a day.
The cost of labor, equipment wear and haul away must be factored into each job.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
If a customer is interested in saving money, they should pay a climber or faller to drop the trees and cut them up. I would recommend that the homeowner dispose of the wood and do the stump grinding themselves after the contractor has left. The later two are, although labor intensive, pretty safe and easy jobs that anyone can do with rental equipment and a roll off dumpster or other option for disposal. Also a reputable contractor will not allow you to dispose of the sections till they are done, too much liability.
- How did you get started?
Originally I started falling trees as a wildland firefighter working for the USFS on a type 1 hotshot crew. I have also done work in the past for the USFWS as a firefighter and assisted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
We offer everything from felling trees and climbing to making custom rustic furnishings out of the usable portions of the tree. In addition we provide wildfire mitigation and maintenance services in accordance with NFPA standards.
August 7, 2012
Ive had a very pleasurable experience with this company. Very prompt, professional and attentive to my exact needs on a tree that needed to be removed in a difficult location. I would highly recommend Old Hat Wood Company to anyone needing tree service performed.- Darrin Klingbeil
April 30, 2012
We were quite happy with our experience with Old Hat Wood Co. Having had bad experiences with other tree services, it was very refreshing to find someone that did what he said he would do. He worked hard and got the job done in one day. Even our dogs liked him.- Lundsten
May 8, 2012
I had Ryan come out and cut down some dead trees at my house. He was very good at what he did. He took all the safety precautions needed. He did the job in a quick manner and for a very fair price. He discussed with me where he would drop the trees and that is where they fell. I will call him back when I have more tree issues and would recommend him to anyone.- Mottani
February 18, 2013
I had a small job for a one-off furniture piece, but Ryan was still able to drive out and meet me. He showed up on time with everything he needed, was very professional and did some great work slabbing up a pecan log I had. I couldn't be happier with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend Ryan to anyone.- Kaminski