8 Essential Questions for Siding Contractors

Don’t hesitate to ask question to get the information you need. Reputable siding contractors who want your business will welcome your inquiries.

By Benjamin St. Jacques

 

Installing siding on your home has many benefits. Siding keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Siding enhances the curb appeal of your home and increases its value immensely. Plus, you don’t have to worry about painting your home every few years. It’s truly among the best home investments you can make.

 

With so much riding on your siding, you want to make sure the installation gets done right by a professional siding contractor. But if you type “siding contractor” and your ZIP code into any web browser, dozens of names will appear. How do you decide who’s the right contractor for you?

 

1. Do You Have References?

Knowing that a siding contractor has other satisfied customers is mandatory. Ask for a list of at least five names and phone numbers of prior customers. Any reputable contractor will be glad to show you references upon request. Be sure to call two or three to get a good idea of the contractor’s reputation.

 

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2. Do You Have Liability Insurance?

You want your contractor to have liability insurance and be able to show you proof of coverage. Otherwise you could be held liable for any injuries suffered by the crew while on your property.

 

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3. Will You Provide a Written Estimate?

Siding contractors (or any contractor, really) should always provide a written estimate. This should include a summary of the work to be completed and costs of materials and labor. The estimate should be valid for at least two weeks if not longer. If the contractor says that this estimate is a “one-day” special, or he’s pressuring you to make a quick decision, then look for another contractor.

 

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4. Do You Hire Subcontractors?

You want to know if the guy you’re talking to today is the one who will show up to do the work, or at least be there to oversee the crew. If he does hire subcontractors, he should be up front about it and be willing to stand behind their work 100 percent.

 

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5. How Do You Guarantee Your Work?

Most siding contractors will offer some type of guarantee as far as the work is concerned, and most materials offer some type of warranty as long as certain conditions are met. Find out what these are before you choose a contractor to do the work.

 

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6. Are You Licensed to Work in My State?

In many states, siding contractors are required to be licensed. Ask for the license number of the contractor and verify that they are qualified to handle this work. If they are hesitant to show their license or give an excuse, then look elsewhere.

 

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7. How Long Have You Been in Business?

A contractor’s years of experience can make a big difference in the results you get. If the contractor has been in business for at least 10 years or longer, then you know he or she is doing something right. If he’s been around for less than that, then look for someone with more experience.

 

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8. Do You Have a Local Office?

Using a local business for any home improvements will help protect your investment. That’s because you’ll be able to easily contact the contractor should problems arise. Beware of contractors from out of town or without a physical home office. Often times siding contractors descend on an area to try and get quick work, then leave without any way to contact them should you need repairs or adjustments.

 

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Once the contractor has answered your questions to your satisfaction, then check with the Better Business Bureau and local licensing departments to see if there are any customer grievances on file and how they were resolved.

 

Installing siding is a large financial investment. Don’t hesitate to ask question to get the information you need. Reputable siding contractors who want your business will welcome your inquiries.

 

Do you also need to hire a general contractor for other home projects? Read on to: 8 Things to Know Before Hiring a Renovation Expert.