Even though vinyl siding is easy to install and the job can be done in a relatively short period of time, it does require a certain degree of experience. Otherwise, you may find that your home is subject to structural damage due to faulty installation. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to keep the following tips in mind.
Get a Recommendation
One of the best ways to find a good vinyl siding installer is to talk to those who have been through the same experience, such as friends and family. They’ll be able to tell you who they hired and how well the job was done. Additionally, local suppliers will have a good idea of who has the necessary experience to fulfill your order, as will your contractor or architect if you’re building a new home.
Man the Phones
The yellow pages are always a good place to find several contractors and installers. Get on the phone and ask them a few key questions.
- Do they take projects the size of yours?
- How many projects will they have when you hope to begin?
- Are willing to provide a list of previous clients?
- Can provide references,?
- How long have their subcontractors worked for them?
All this will give you a good idea of the contractor’s availability and reliability.
Meeting in Person
Once you’ve chosen four or five installers, request an appointment in which you can meet face to face for an estimate and further discuss your project. Remember that first impressions are extremely important to future business relationships, so always make sure you can sit down for long enough to have all your questions answered.
Consult With the Better Business Bureau and Former Clients
Whether you have several prospects or have already settled on a contractor, one of the best things you can do is consult with your local consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau, where you can access any complaints against a specific contractor. The same is true for former clients, who can tell you firsthand about their experience with the contractor. This will help you make the best decision possible and ensure that the installation is done the right way.
Don’t Be Fooled by the Price
Don’t hesitate to request several quotes. As with everything, cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean bad and more expensive doesn’t guarantee a better outcome. When looking for a contractor, the best thing you can do is remove the highest and lowest estimates from your list. The low-ball cost is usually desperate for work and might cut corners or provide low-quality materials, while the highest price might be looking to make an excessive profit at your expense. Always go for the middle ground and select the one you feel the most comfortable with.
Get Everything in Writing
Once you’ve decided on a contractor, make sure you get everything in writing. Draw up a contract that details everything that has been promised, including a step by step description of the work to be performed, the cost of the job, the start date, the time it will take to complete it, any specifications, the materials that will be used, the number of workers that will be on site, and lien releases from any subcontractors. This will ensure your peace of mind and provide documented proof of your agreement in case it’s ever required.
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