Jan 25, 2021

Top 9 Questions to Ask Siding Contractors Before Signing a Contract

One of the biggest stressors of starting a home siding project is ensuring that you’re hiring a contractor that’s reputable and reliable.  Thoroughly vetting these pros ensures that the contractor you select will provide exemplary craftsmanship and customer service.  While it takes initiative on your part, we strongly urge you to ask the below questions prior to signing a siding installation contract.

1. How Much of a Down Payment is Needed For My Siding Project?

As a rule, 1/3 of the project price is an appropriate down payment.  This allows the contractor to purchase the siding materials that are needed to get the project going.  If a contractor requests full payment upfront, it’s a red flag and leaves the homeowner no recourse other than the legal system if the project isn’t completed correctly, in a timely manner, or even at all.


2. Have You Ever Done Business Under a Different Name?

The contractor’s reaction to this is often more telling than their actual words.  Few contractors will admit that they’ve closed the doors of their previous company and started a new one due to litigation or bankruptcy.

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3. How Will This Siding Look on My Home?

Quality siding contractors can show homeowners exact product samples in order to assist in the decision-making process.  In addition, digital renderings can be used so that homeowners can experiment with various siding colors in order to pick a winning combination.

This 3D rendering allowed the clients to visualize how their siding would look.

4. Will Your Siding Quote Be Broken Down by Line Item?

Contractors that have nothing to hide offer transparent contracts that show all costs as separate line items.  This also provides homeowners documentation of color selections and materials being used.


5. When Will the Job Start & How Long Will It Take?

Bear in mind that factors such as material availability and weather can cause these dates to shift.  However, this information gives you a baseline to create reasonable expectations.

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6. Where Are Your Company Headquarters?

If you get a vague answer, PO box, or an address that’s several states away, it’s likely you are dealing with a storm chasing contractor.  These individuals often descend on hail damaged areas and perform shoddy work if the job even gets completed.  If it does and there are workmanship issues that present themselves down the road, it’s unlikely the siding contractor will come back to make adjustments.

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7. Do You Have a Reference List of Past Customers I Can Contact?

Speaking with past customers and asking them questions can allow you to deduce whether the contractor performs quality work, how they handle curveballs, and whether the project was completed on time and budget.  Here’s a list of contractor reference questions we recommend asking.

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8. Are You Licensed to Do Work in My State?

Building codes vary by municipality.  It is critical to the success of your siding project that your contractor be licensed so that any legal issues that arise from your area zoning office are handled by the contractor.


9. Can You Provide Documentation of Your Insurance Policy?

Some contractors offer deeply discounted prices by not carrying liability and workers compensation insurance.  This spells real trouble for the homeowners, as they are then responsible for any property damage or physical injuries to installers.

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Seamless Siding Installation Reviews:

"Lindus Construction did two projects for us: a siding project around the garage door and installing new gutters with LeafGuard®. Both teams were very professional and kept me informed on their progress. They were professional, courteous and on time while performing very high quality work. Very pleased with the work and highly recommend Lindus Construction."

Darold J.
Wayzata, MN
October 18, 2023

"From sales to customer service phone calls to installation, we had a pretty great experience with Lindus.  Gabe and his crew worked a siding project for us and we couldn't be happier with their work.  They were professional and cleaned up after themselves.  We look forward to not only finishing the siding with Lindus but also working with them on future projects."

Amy J.
Carver, MN
October 1, 2023

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

Nancy M.
Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023

"Very pleased with work completed by Lindus. Lucas was very thorough in pulling together the estimate and siding/roofing work met our expectations. The crews also did a good job cleaning up the work site once their work was done. Would definitely recommend them."

Mary M.
Woodbury, MN
June 25, 2023

"We had Lindus install new LP SmartSide® and SeasonGuard Windows.  A great installation by professional crews. We could not be happier. Sure glad we went with Lindus!"

Mark S.
Brooklyn Park, MN
June 20, 2023

"I really appreciated all the help from Lindus through this work and the quality of workers that you have on your crews.  I really appreciated the work and cooperation!"

Marsha T.
New Prague, MN
June 7, 2023
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