For many homeowners, the installation of new siding is a once in a lifetime endeavor. This costly decision is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Prior to committing to a contractor, it’s important to have the below facts solidified prior to making a commitment.
Siding Materials: There are an array of siding materials available in the marketplace including aluminum, stucco, vinyl, brick, steel, LP® SmartSide®. However, a reputable siding contractor can make appropriate suggestions for which type(s) of siding are the best fit for the climate you live in. They’re also able to give thorough explanations on why a certain material will jive with your home’s architecture and size. Furthermore, reliable siding contractors can share why they have opted to partner with the manufacturers they have and why they have opted to steer clear of others.
Siding Color and Texture: It goes without saying that the siding color and texture combinations within the marketplace are endless. As a homeowner, how do you even know where to start? Quality siding contractors can help you narrow down your selections by using 3D digital renderings that will show what various siding colors look like on your home. This is critical because of the major impact the siding’s color and texture have on your home’s curb appeal. With that being said, you should still be presented with physical samples of the siding material and color that you are having installed on your home, as siding can vary in appearance, in shade and sunlight. Your siding installation contract should clearly state the exact color(s) of siding being used along with the manufacturer.
Material and Installation Warranties: Because siding is such a major investment, it’s critical that the material you select has an iron-clad warranty that will stand the test of time. Be sure to get in writing what the manufacturer’s warranty is. Bear in mind that a manufacturer’s warranty is voided if the installing contractor does not correctly install the material. That makes it imperative that you also have a clear understanding of the contractor’s willingness to stand behind their work. Expert siding contractors aren’t afraid to offer lifetime workmanship guarantees because they only hire the best craftsmen who specialize in the siding material they are installing.
Insurance: Shockingly enough, some siding contractors cut corners by failing to properly insure themselves. This creates a scenario where the homeowner could become liable if an installer is injured during your project or significant damage is done to your home. Reputable contractors have zero issues with being loud and proud about the level of insurance they carry.
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Price & Project Timelines: Most contractors require a minimum of 1/3 of the project price as a down payment. This allows them to secure the necessary materials for your project. Be sure to have clearly stated in writing what the payment schedule is, as in many cases, full payment is expected upon project completion. Verify what financing options the contractor offers so that you aren’t scrambling at the end of your project to pay for it. A siding contract should also share expected project installation timelines to keep all parties on the same page.