Siding Contractors: How to Find a Good Siding Contractor
Siding is one of the most important parts of your home’s exterior. It’s responsible for a large part of your home’s curb appeal, as well as for protecting it from the elements. So when it’s time to have some new siding put on your home, you want to ensure that you use a siding contractor that you can trust.
Get a Few Estimates
A lot of people make the mistake of going with the first siding contractor that they speak to, without doing any kind of comparisons or checking out that contractor’s information. Ideally, you should try to get around three different written estimates; this gives you something that you can compare and lets you know that when you do find the right siding contractor for your home.
Get Some Information
A good contractor will be forthcoming with a lot of information, so be sure you take the time to get it all. Start by asking for a driver’s license, phone number, and address so you can ensure that he’s local. You can also use this information to check up on him at places like the Better Business Bureau to find out how well he handles things like conflict resolution.
Next, find out if he’s licensed by the state, and ask about insurance including workman’s comp. Being licensed doesn’t mean that you’re getting a better contractor, but it does mean that he’s taken some steps to declare this his specialty. It also means that you may have an easier time holding him accountable if something goes wrong down the road.
Ask if he plans to do the work himself or if he intends to use a subcontractor. If he uses a crew, find out if he performs background checks on them, and how long they’ve been working together. You need to know you can trust the people who will be working on your home.
You should also find out if he’s certified by the manufacturer for the product he’s putting on your home. Manufacturer’s certification means that he’s undergone additional training with the manufacturer and can offer you the extended warranty, which includes inspection of his installation by the company. This can help give you some peace of mind over the years that you enjoy your new siding.
Finally, get at least three local, recent references from each contractor you speak to and call them. Ask how satisfied they are with the job, whether the contractor cleaned up after himself, and whether the job went according to plan, starting and ending when they said it would and for the agreed upon price.
Any contractor not willing to give you this kind of information isn’t to be trusted, and isn’t someone you want working on your home.
Get It in Writing
When you get the estimate for the work done, be sure that you get it in writing. This written estimate should include not only the proposed price, but everything else you discussed as well. This should include things like the proposed start and end date, the scope of work, and any warranties. It should not, however, contain any kind of blank space that could be used to alter the contract after you sign it.
A good contractor won’t pressure you to sign anything right away, either, so you can take the time to look it over, understand it, and compare it to other written estimates so you can make an informed decision about your home.
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