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What to Ask Siding Contractors

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What to Ask Siding Contractors

Siding is an important part of your house and unless it is installed in the right manner, might not serve its purpose. So, hiring a professional siding contractor might simplify matters for you. The money spent on home siding installation will eventually pay off since it increases the value of your home in the real estate market. Costs for siding can range anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 depending on the type of material you choose and the surface area to be covered.

  1. Since sidings come in various materials and finishes, you must find one that appears radiant and looks like it was meant to be a part of your house while being able to withstand the forces of Mother Nature simultaneously.

    1.General Conditions

    Siding installations can be done only after obtaining the necessary permits and approvals from your local building authority. Local laws will specify what type of sidings you can choose for your home. Other restrictions can include a mandatory moisture-barrier and the type of surfaces that siding can be installed over.

  2. 2.Some Basic Research

    Since sidings come in various materials and finishes, you must find one that appears radiant and looks like it was meant to be a part of your house while being able to withstand the forces of Mother Nature simultaneously. This is why you must be well-informed about all the factors that go into choosing, installing, and maintaining home siding. This will help you ask relevant questions when you meet a siding contractor and have a general understanding on what this contractor will say in return. You do not want them doing all of the decision making.

  3. 3.Experience Matters

    Experience is important when it comes to siding installation because the contractor must be able to guide you on what type of siding best suits your needs and budget. A qualified contractor will also tell you that the siding may have to be scraped and repainted every few years (you can probably go longer though before any of this is required). Also, vinyl is not a prudent choice for homeowners who plan to change the colors of their house every now and then. An outstanding and honest contractor should apprise you of the pros and cons of every option and this is where their experience will be invaluable. You can ask for references as well as samples of previously done work.

  4. 4.Scope of Work

    Ask the contractor about the scope of work so both sides are aware of exactly what the project entails and the amount of time it will take for completion. This will set achievable expectations and prevent any confusion further down the line. See that you have all your concerns addressed before the contract is drawn up and you are comfortable with the method of work your contractor will be adopting.

  6. 5.Rates and Estimate

    The estimates will depend on the contractor and how he or she does the pricing. Ideally an estimate should be detailed and provide breakdowns of each and every expense including labor, material, as well as any other associated costs and taxes. You should also ask about any deposit that you may have to make before the work commences. The payment schedule for the whole project should be fixed right at the beginning.

  7. 6.Warranties and Insurance

    You should find out if the work done by the contractor will be covered by any kind of warranty. Usually there is some kind of warranty and you should ask about the terms and conditions. Also, ask if the contractor will have insurance and this goes for all of their employees as well. Liability insurance is advisable to avoid any kind of issues for you in case there is any type of injury during the project. Lack of insurance can result in this home improvement project costing a few thousand dollars from turning into a financial debacle. You can ask to see the contractor’s insurance policy and make sure it covers everything and has not expired.

  8. 7.The Right Way

    Before you sign the contract, you should ensure that you have checked all the terms and conditions in detail. If there are any legal terms that you do not understand or find confusing, you can consult with a lawyer or expert and have your queries answered. Make sure every single detail from the type of materials to be used to the payment schedule is outlined clearly in the contract. Also you should keep a signed copy of the contract safely with you until the project is completed and for years after that. Following these tips will help you make an informed decision when choosing a qualified siding contractor to help with your home siding installation.

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