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10 Must-Ask Questions For Your Siding Contractor

May 8, 2017

 

 

Hiring a contractor to replace your siding is just as crucial as hiring a general contractor for a kitchen remodel. You want to make sure your siding contractor will provide you with the best product and service possible. So take some time to research, and make sure to ask them these essential questions:

1. Are they certified?

Having a siding contractor who is certified is a must. This means they’ve had specific training to install siding, which leaves you with the peace of mind that the job will be done properly. Plus, having a certified contractor can give you access to top-quality products and warranties to go with them.

2. Is your siding contractor licensed and insured?

Along with being certified, your contractor should also be licensed and insured. Each state has different licensing, so make sure they’re licensed in your state. Working with a contractor who has liability and worker’s compensation insurance will protect you from having to cover any cost in a case of damage to your property or injury to a worker. These two requirements are must-haves when considering whom to hire.

3. How many years has the contractor been in business?

Hiring an inexperienced contractor could result in mistakes and unnecessary expenses correcting those mistakes. To avoid any strife during your exterior remodeling process, choose a contractor with plenty of experience to ensure you get the best product, service and outcome possible.

4. Do you even need new siding?

If your siding isn’t showing obvious signs of distress, having a professional assess the state of your home’s siding is an important step in hiring a siding contractor. A professional contractor will have the knowledge and experience to determine the state of your home’s exterior and provide appropriate solutions.

5. Are they a local business?

Working with a contractor who has offices in your local community not only supports your local economy but allows for convenient meetings and a quicker process. Plus, it gives you the assurance that they’ll always be around in the future if you need repairs or have questions.

6. Does your contractor specialize in siding?

Working with a specialist to install your new siding, instead of a general contractor, will ensure that you’re truly getting the best product and service.

7. Does your contractor have experience with James Hardie siding?

When getting James Hardie siding installed on your home, you want a contractor who knows exactly how to handle it. Because James Hardie fiber cement siding is not like other materials, especially the ColorPlus line, having a contractor who has experience handling and installing it is important for a desirable result.

8. Has the siding contractor completed similar projects to yours?

While your contractor may be specialized in siding and James Hardie products, that doesn’t mean they’ve necessarily had experience with a project like yours. If your home is two stories or situated in a unique area that makes reaching all the siding difficult, make sure they have experience handling homes like yours.

9. What associations and affiliations do they have?

Working with a contractor who is a member of a recognized association, such as the National Association Remodeling Industry (NARI), Houzz, Guild Quality, or the James Hardie Contractor Alliance, validates the worker’s credibility and professionalism.

10. Will your contractor provide references?

Talking to past customers and reading reviews of your intended contractor gives you a third-party perspective on the quality of the work they provide and demonstrates that they’ve successfully completed projects on other homes. Don’t hesitate to ask for a list of contacts for prior customers to gain insight on what it’s like to work with them.

Once you have these questions answered, you should have a good idea of whether or not this siding contractor will be a good fit for your exterior remodel. If you live in the Bay Area and are ready to start researching siding contractors, give us a call today! We welcome your questions!

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