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Re-Siding Curb Appeal: How to Pick a Contractor for Your Project

Posted by Eva Daly

Jul 31, 2014

 

happy homeowners 1We hope you enjoyed the latest series of articles on re-siding, remodelling and renovating all trying to address the different aspects of what to expect, how to prepare, etc. With this installment, we're launching some new topics to compliment those, as part of helping our customers navigate the minefield of misinformation and help make good choices.

One of the steps people often choose as part of their external remodel planning process is to do research.  We understand that when you know what to expect, it gives you confidence and peace of mind.  Whether its talking w/ neighbors, family members, looking thru newspapers or magazines, or using the internet there are many, many ways to gather information and do research.  While utilizing the internet in this research endeavor, one of the things we want to help you do is to avoid is misinformation.

As the title of this article indicates, there are perils (as well as pearls - haha) associated with doing the research as part of the external re-siding process. Obviously one of the most important things you will be doing is picking a contractor. There are several ways to ensure the contractor who does your re-siding will deliver. This article is not meant to instill fear, but to educate on the re-siding process,( i.e. waterproofing, flashings, siding, etc.) and tips on picking a contractor.

homeowner w question marksFirst, when you know what to expect, it gives you confidence and peace of mind.  Your contractor will also appreciate that you are well-informed and the whole project will go alot more smoothly.

Step One

Don't just cover an existing problem! The way to do it right is to remove the old siding entirely!

Step Two

Have your home inspected for moisutre damage, mold, termites or rot.  If its found, repair and/or treatment will be necessary to avoid future structural problems.

Step Three

Your contractor should apply a weather-resistant barrier, such as HardieWrap weather barrier.  In fact, most building codes now require it.

Step Four

Be sure that your new siding is installed according to manufactuers' guidelines - such as James Hardie Best Practices Installation Guide.

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Second, picking the right contractor. There are several ways to ensure the contractor who does your re-siding will deliver a quality installation on time and on budget. 

 

Here are a few tips:

1.  Ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers for referrals.

2.  Be certain the contractor(s) you are considering are licensed and insured.

3.  Inquire about contractors with your local Consumer Affairs Office or Better Business    Bureau.

4.  Make sure your contractor is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

5.  Look for a contractor who specializes in siding, preferrably with certification(s).

6.  Contact and meet with at least three insured and licensed contractors to get written estimates.

7.  Prepare a complete description of the projects and your expectations before these meetings with said contractors.

8.  Share the information with each contractor.

9.  Make sure that each proposal includes everything you requested and the price is based on the complete project.

describe the imageAnd when all that happens? Ahhhh...your on your way to a smoother re-siding process and a beautiful outcome. Peace of mind...its a beautiful thing. 

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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