Choosing a siding contractor is more than comparing prices and hiring the least expensive. It is in your best interest to evaluate a siding contractor as closely as you do a doctor or attorney. The siding contractor will be working on the most expensive investment you have, and a contractor that takes shortcuts or installs siding improperly could invalidate a manufacturer’s warranty.
Let’s discuss six tips to consider when choosing a siding contractor.
1. Word of mouth is a powerful form of advertising. Always ask family members, friends and co-workers for recommendations. If they have recommendations, they will be happy to pass the name of the company along to you. At the very least, they will tell you which siding contractors to avoid.
2. Before choosing a siding contractor, obtain at least three estimates. This will give you the opportunity to compare price and experience. Always take the time to interview each contractor. Keep in the mind the only bad question is the one not asked.
3. It is important the siding contractor is properly insured. The contractor should carry general liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Always require proof of insurance before signing a contract with the contractor. This is for protection of all involved in the event the contractor is injured while on your property or something goes wrong during the work process, and there is damage to your property.
4. Check if your state requires siding contractors to be licensed. Not all states require such a license, but states that do will require the contractor to pass a written exam to demonstrate their knowledge about the business at hand. Your local municipal building inspector will be able to tell you if a contractor requires licensing by the state.
5. Obtaining references from customers from the previous 12 months will give you the opportunity to check the quality of the work they provide, as well as gauge customer satisfaction. Ask for at least ten names and phone numbers and call 2 or 3 at random and inquire about their experience with the contractor and the quality of the work.
6. Warranties are very important and a quality siding contractor will offer a warranty on their workmanship in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty. Most workmanship and material errors will show up quickly, but a reputable contractor will stand behind their work even after the expiration of the warranty.
For more information about what Tulsa Renew can do for you and the siding on your home, please contact us for a free siding consultation and quote.