Are you planning to install new siding for your home? While you will face many choices – color, materials, trim – the most important decision you will make is which siding company to trust with the project. There are many pitfalls to avoid while sorting through the many claims made by siding installers – not all of whom have your best interests at heart. There are many great contractors available, but there are also scam artists and unqualified siding contractors. Here are six questions to ask before signing a contract with a Houston siding contractor.
Are you prepared to make a choice?
Finding the best siding company is easier when you are prepared. Make a list of everything you want to accomplish, then get written quotes from two or three contractors. Make sure that the contract calls for incremental payments, with each payable when specific work is finished and verified. Most reputable siding companies will not ask for a down payment to begin work. Read the contract carefully about payment arrangement details.
Does the siding company have experience with different siding materials?
Ask about the various siding materials that each contractor has experience with. If you want to install fiber cement siding, then a company that has only installed vinyl siding may not suit your needs.
Is the contractor competitively priced?
The best siding companies will provide a competitive price for the project based on the area in which you live. By asking for detailed quotes you will be able to judge which contractor charges more for the same materials and work. The quote should include a material list and all of the work to be performed. If anything is missing then it may be wise to avoid that particular siding company.
Is the siding company properly licensed and insured?
A big consideration when choosing a siding installer is the license and insurance that the contractor or company has in place. Always insist on a company that is properly licensed and insured according to the laws in your state. Ask to see proof of licensing and insurance before you hire a company, and make sure both are current and active.
How long has the company been in the siding business?
The most qualified siding companies have a solid history and plenty of experience. A company that just entered the business may not have the expertise necessary to do the best job on your home. Look for someone who has been doing siding replacement for at least 5 years.
Does the siding professional have a good reputation in the community?
A strong reputation in the community is a good way to judge a siding company. Only get quotes from siding contractors with an exceptional business history. A few minor complaints over the course of many years does not indicate a serious problem. But multiple complaints that have not been rectified should raise a red flag. You should also ask for references so you can find out what others have to say about the work the company has performed in the past.
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