Published on: October 12, 2021
You might have been dreading the day when your home needs new siding. And that’s completely understandable. It’s a big job to manage decision-making about what siding to purchase, picking the right style and color, finding a good contractor and overseeing the project.
When hiring siding installation services, you should consider these 5 factors to guide and influence your decision-making. Working around these factors will ensure you end up with a great installation job that lasts for decades and provides timeless style to your home.
Evaluate your finances and work around a budget for your siding installation services. Don’t rule out the possibility of low-interest financing or even 12-month interest-free financing to get high-quality results.
As you seek out a siding services provider, ask about financing options or partners they recommend to aid you in completing this important aspect of protecting your home. And while you’re trying to ensure a fair and affordable price, don’t necessarily pick a contractor just because their quote was the lowest.
Instead, weigh the pros and cons of the entire project cost. For example, the lowest bidder for your project might only offer a 1- or 2-year warranty. In contrast, the moderately priced contractors might offer 10- or 15-year warranties.
But warranties aren’t all you’ll care about. Ask for references of homes the company has updated siding on several years ago. Call up those contacts and see how their siding project is holding up. If the homeowners say that the install has had issues, stear clear and look to other service providers.
A good installation is essential to protecting your home and preventing serious problems like water damage.
Generally, homeowners are ill-equipped to do a siding installation project on their own home. That’s why people hire siding contractors to complete these challenging projects that require expertise.
Take a look at the company’s qualifications for the job. Do their workers have enough experience? Does every project have a project manager who oversees the work and signs off on it?
Companies that require that their employees receive ample training before being sent out on a job or complete apprenticeships before serving as a project manager often provide a far better customer experience.
Additionally, make sure that the siding installer is licensed and bonded. This will protect you from facing liability for injuries to the company’s workers while working on your property and that the company will provide necessary protection and repairs to your home in case anything goes wrong during the project.
While you might not be concerned about this, damage to your home could be extensive and cost you far more than the siding project on its own. That’s money you probably don’t have and aren’t prepared to payout.
A certification demonstrates that a contractor has completed the necessary training to work on your home. During training, professionals learn how to troubleshoot issues, handle unique challenges and respond to workplace incidents.
But most importantly to you, these professionals demonstrate effective skills at siding installation. If you’re looking for a specific type of siding or siding style for your home, ask the siding contractors if they have certifications for using those materials.
Many building material manufacturers will certify their preferred installation contractors to show that they do excellent work. This will give you further confidence that your home will look great once the siding project is complete.
Everyone needs their first chance at completing a job, but you don’t really want that first-time installation to be at your home. Instead, look for a company with vast experience installing siding.
As companies add to their years of experience, they also add to their experience providing outstanding customer service. Siding installation is a true art that requires deep expertise. Choose a company that has at least 5 years of experience. The more experienced, the better.Look specifically at how long the company has been installing the type of siding you want on your home. If they’re new to products like Hardie Board fiber cement siding, look to a company that has more experience. It won’t matter if they have 30 years of total experience if 29 of those are in vinyl siding exclusively.
Every company representative will tell you that their company is the best. That’s what they’re hired to do. That’s why online reviews are so helpful. Take some time to scroll through the siding installation contractor’s reviews on the following websites.
Read through the reviews carefully to look for trends. If customers constantly complain about dirty worksites after the project is complete, consider looking elsewhere. While it might not sound like a big deal if there are some packing materials in your yard, you might also have loose nails and screws strewn throughout your yard that you can’t see until it’s too late.
If you want to be especially thorough in your search for a good contractor, request some references and ask detailed questions of those homeowners about their experience with the contractor.
Ideally, you’d hear first-hand stories from friends, coworkers or family members who feel comfortable speaking candidly about their experience with the contractor.
If you still have questions about selecting a siding installer service provider, read through these FAQs to learn more about how to choose a trustworthy company.
Siding companies aid homeowners in selecting good siding materials and installing them on the exterior of their buildings. The process generally includes providing a quote to the property owner that estimates the cost of materials and labor to help the property owner select the best contractor based on their needs.
Siding is the protective barrier that provides a clean consistent look to the exterior of the building. Materials that contractors use range from vinyl to stucco. The preferred siding material for your building will depend on the weather in the area, style preferences and your homeowners’ association requirements.
Vinyl siding can last as long as 60 years when installed properly. Warranties generally only last 20-40 years based on the manufacturer that you select. It’s also one of the most affordable siding options available while being low maintenance. That tends to make vinyl siding the most popular siding material.
2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing has extensive experience with a variety of siding materials and styles. We provide a satisfaction guarantee, which is why we don’t require the full project fee upfront. We’ll keep working until you’re completely satisfied with the project.
We offer a warranty on our services to complement the warranty the building material manufacturers provide. And we only use the best materials that you can count on to protect your home for decades. Contact us now for a free in-home estimate.
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