Published on: May 14, 2022
Finding good contractors is challenging. There are so many throughout Washington that it’s challenging to know where to turn. So if you’re looking for Washington’s best decks and siding contractors, you should read this first.
We’ll explain the benefits of combining your home improvement projects to get the best rates, what to look for in contractors who provide multiple services and a guide on interviewing the contractors to find high-quality experts you can trust to work on your home.
Anytime you can combine house projects, you’ll likely save time and money. That’s because you only have to go through the contractor hiring process once. And contractors can often offer multiple services at a slightly lower cost because the team will already be at your home.
The benefits of combining home improvement projects include:
You might think that decks and siding have nothing in common. But when installing a deck, you want to know that the contractors will protect and respect your home, including its siding. As you evaluate how to combine these projects and find the best contractors to respect your home and keep it looking great, consider these factors.
Communicating with contractors should not be challenging. And yet too often, customers find that they struggle to reach the contractor or that the contractor waits several days to call them back. If that is your experience, it’s time to look elsewhere so long as you haven’t signed any contracts or put down a deposit for the work.
Contractors that offer multiple communication methods will make things the simplest for you. This includes:
Look for a contractor who doesn’t seem bothered with open and regular communication from your initial contact through until your project is complete.
You’ll likely have many questions throughout the process of your upgrades. You want to know that you’ll be respected no matter what you need to know about.
No question is silly when it comes to protecting and caring for your home. And if you don’t feel like your contractor respects your time when it comes to completing projects in the given timeline and showing up when they say they will, the project will feel longer and more tiring for you than it should be.
For the best outcomes, contractors and homeowners should have mutual respect for one another’s time and expertise.
If online reviews talk about a lack of cleanup after the project, you should probably keep looking for a better contractor. Failing to clean up a job site doesn’t just mean that the homeowner has to live with the frustrations of constantly picking up trash but it’s also a hazard for the homeowner, especially if they have children or pets.
Post-project cleanup is a part of every deck and siding project. Contractors who think otherwise are not worth your time or attention – even if they quote a slightly lower price than the teams who commit to leaving your property the way they found it on the day they started replacing your siding and updating or adding your deck.
Just how long do you have to commit to having your home in project mode? The longer an exterior improvement project takes, the less time you have to enjoy your home and the great outdoors. Don’t sacrifice your home’s enjoyment to save a few dollars on the project.
The contractor should be able to give you a clear project timeline. Minor disruptions in acquiring materials due to supply chain disruptions might be outside the contractor’s control but ensuring that the team is ready and available when promised is completely within the contractor’s control.
When you meet with the contractor for your estimate, you’ll want to know more about how committed to project timelines this contractor is.
Watch out for what materials the contractor uses to cut costs and offer the lowest price estimate. Materials will make a huge difference in the longevity of your deck and siding. And while you might choose the siding materials manufacturer, ask about what house wrap the contractor uses. This will impact how well the siding can protect your home and allow vapors to exit your home to prevent mold and mildew growth.
Ask about whether the contractor is certified with the materials manufacturer you’ve chosen for your siding or decking project. Certifications help contractors learn the nuances of those materials and ensure proper installation that meets manufacturer standards. It also can mean a better warranty for your installation.
How many similar homes has the contractor worked on? For example, if your home has a mixture of vinyl siding and brick, you’ll want to ensure the contractor knows how to create effective transitions between these siding materials to provide a strong seal and attractive look for your home.
Or if you’re looking at a tiered deck with special features, such as a garden box, you might want to inquire more about whether they’ve built or added an expansion to a deck like this before.
Plus, if the contractor knows your area of Washington well, they’ll be best suited for the job because they know nuances in the climate and weather there. You don’t want a contractor who just moved their business to the state and knows little about how much moisture your home has to withstand.
You probably have an idea of how you want your siding and decking to look. But the vision in your mind has to become a reality and you need an expert to make that happen.
Contractors can also be designers who look at your home and offer suggestions for the greatest curb appeal and functionality. This might mean recommending different siding or decking materials or helping you create the plans for your ideal outdoor oasis where you can gather with friends and family. Ask whether the contractor offers these services or if you need to have another designer complete the plans for your deck first.
Now you’re ready to start interviewing some of Washington’s best decks and siding contractors. Here’s what you should be asking to learn more about the quality the contractor offers.
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