How to Find the Best Local Siding Company
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
When it comes to the siding of your home, you know you need to find a skilled and professional siding installation expert – after all, we’re talking about the first impression your house will make for many years to come. You also know that there are unscrupulous contractors out there looking to make a quick buck, and they are to be avoided. So how do you make sure you are working with someone who is both talented and honest? Here are some questions you need to ask your local siding companies before you make your decision.
1. How Much Experience Do You Have?
While the exact length of time someone’s been in business doesn’t necessarily equate to being the best, it is an important indicator of their trustworthiness. Someone who has been around for years has probably proven to be good at what they do, or the community would have run them out.
You should be able to find out how long the company has been in operation, how much experience the professionals have with your type of project, and get a feel for how knowledgeable they are on the subject of siding installation. Lifetime Windows and Siding was founded in 2009 by two experienced service providers.
2. Can I See Examples of Your Work?
You don’t need to take it on faith that they can do the job: you should be able to see for yourself with your own eyes. The company should be able to give you a few addresses of homes they have sided so that you can drive by and see (just don’t invade the homeowner’s privacy by getting out and walking around their house!).
They should also give you some references that you can call and email to ask about the customers’ experiences. However, personal recommendations are always the best – if you have a friend with attractive and well-fitted siding on their home, ask them which company they used.
3. Is Everything Legal?
You’ll want to make sure your siding company is practicing completely aboveboard for your area, in order to protect both parties from liability. The company should hold all up to date licenses and certificates required in your state, ensuring that they are up on building codes for your area. They should also be able to produce certificates of professional liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. This will ensure that if any accident happens during the job, you are not liable even though it took place at your property.
4. Who Will Be Working On My Home?
The company should provide you some information as to who is actually going to do the siding on your home, what they are responsible for, and who your point of contact will be. Many siding companies use sub-contractors rather than employees. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sub-contractors answer to the company rather than you. The company should provide you with their standards of professionalism and walk through with you what you can expect from working with them – including how many crew members will be at your home.
5. What’s Going to Happen During My Project?
You can ask the company to walk you through what it looks like to have them handle your siding installation. You need to know how soon they can get started, how quickly they can finish the project, and who is responsible for removing any trash or excess away from the job site. You should also check on their policy regarding additional charges: for example, if the underlying wall were to need any repairs prior to installing the siding. Finally, ensure that any shutters, sconces, or other exterior fixtures are going to be put back the way they were after the job is completed.
6. How Much Does This Cost?
Early on in the process of selecting a siding installation company, you will be requesting an estimate for the job. Find out what the company expects as far as a payment installation schedule: it’s not industry standard to pay 100% up front before work begins. It’s also not a bad idea to ask for an itemized quote which includes labor, supplies, and materials.
7. What if I’m Not Satisfied with the Work?
Should any part of your siding installation experience be unsatisfactory, you’ll want to know what kind of recourse you have. Check out the company’s satisfaction guarantee, and inquire about warranties. You should be able to get a clear picture of how the company will handle a complaint and ensure that you are ultimately satisfied with what you paid for. Lifetime Windows and Siding proudly offers a lifetime warranty to our customers and strives to earn your trust.
When you’re ready to shop for a siding installation company in Colorado, Lifetime Windows and Siding is here to answer all of your questions and provide you with a high level of quality service.