It’s time to get new siding on your home. Weeding out the contractors from the valuable, experienced ones should be a key priority when narrowing down your list of candidates. These 15 questions are important to help you choose quality technicians who care about their work and reputation.
1. Are you licensed to do siding in Minnesota?
Every state has its own rules about licensing for siding contractors. In Minnesota, contractors must be licensed if they perform two or more special skills.
2. How long have you been in business?
The reason it’s important to ask about business background is to get an idea if the company is poised for longevity. The longer a company has been in business the easier it will be to find references who can tell you about their experience with the contractor.
3. What is your company’s siding experience and credentials? Do you install James Hardie siding?
An experienced siding contractor understands multiple types of siding. James Hardie siding is the most popular option for Americans because it’s designed to fit a particular climate and can withstand severe climate changes. Make sure the company has proper certifications so the warranty isn’t voided.
4. Do you have referrals and reviews I can look at?
Any siding firm that can’t give you at least three references may have something to hide. It’s imperative to know what other customers think and gauge how well they were satisfied.
5. What are the pros and cons of various siding materials? Can I see what they look like before I decide?
Different siding materials must be treated differently as far as maintenance and care. Wood is vulnerable to rot while vinyl can crack. Vinyl siding can be painted if you want to change the color. Composite siding comes in many colors but must be repainted at least once per decade. Knowing the color options can help you narrow down which siding you go with. Working with a contractor who has samples of the material and colors available will help make your decision-making process easier.
6. What is the cleaning and maintenance like for the siding I choose?
Cleaning and maintenance must be conducted periodically to ensure no problems like mildew buildup are developing which could eventually turn into expensive disasters. Make sure you know what is required for your new siding, and how often it should be done.
7. Do you have liability and workers compensation insurance?
Many new contractors are simply testing the waters to see how much business they can attract. Stay away from companies who cut corners on insurance since you may be held liable if an uninsured worker gets hurt on your property.
8. Who is doing the work and who is supervising the worksite?
Knowing who will be working on your roof is important; you want to be confident in their skills and experience. A company who subcontracts will not have any control over the quality of your installation. You also want to know the team of workers has experience installing roofs so warranties are not voided. A good supervisor overseeing your worksite is just as important as an experienced crew.
9. Do you offer warranties for both the siding and your workmanship? How are warranty repairs handled?
Not all warranties guarantee you’ll get no cost repairs if something goes wrong. Make sure the warranty covers both materials and workmanship, which should be clear in the terms. You also need to know what can void your warranty and who to call when you have warranty repairs.
10. What is included in a siding replacement?
Make sure you have a clear understanding as to what will be replaced or temporarily removed. Siding trim and soffits and eaves may need to be replaced with the siding, especially if you are going with a different color. You need to know if your contractor is doing this for you! If they need to remove light fixtures, shutters, or other accessories, be sure you know if they will replace them. If you are wanting to purchase new light fixtures or other replacement accessories, ask if they would be willing to install them instead of the old so you can start shopping.
11. Will extra insulation be needed and installed with my chosen siding?
When getting new siding installed, you want to make sure your home will have the proper insulation. Find out all your options before committing to a contractor who doesn’t offer both services.
12. Are all costs included and itemized in your estimate?
Less reputable companies may try to sneak in hidden costs, which is why it’s crucial to get estimates in writing. The firm should itemize materials and labor so you know exactly what you’re paying for. You want to make sure there are no last minute surprises.
13. When is payment expected and what is the schedule?
Steer clear of con artists who demand payment upfront. You should not pay the contractor until they have installed the siding. Working with a contractor who offers financing and pay schedule options can be an extra plus.
14. How long will the project take from start to finish?
Knowing the time frame for siding completion will help you plan for costs as well as when you can start enjoying your home’s fresh identity. It will help you know how long to expect a mess, also.
15. What is your cleanup and debris removal process?
Cleanup is a big concern for your home. There should be no old siding, nails, or other harmful materials left over from the re-siding process.
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