You have bought your home and upon looking at the exterior, you have decided to add value to it by having siding installed. When you want to install siding, you have first to make up your mind on the type that you want. There are various types of sidings available for your selection, such as; vinyl, hardwood, stone, stucco and aluminum. Your choice will be determined by several reasons, but most important are your budget, location, and preference.
Once the decision is made, you can proceed with your plans. Before you sign the contract binding you and the contractor of your choice legally, there are some questions you need to ask him.
- How long is the process likely to take complete? Installation of sliding demands that you literally stop doing whatever else it is that you are. Therefore, you need to have a clear timeline for this project so that you know how to proceed with your daily activities. The timeline given should be what the contractor endeavors to adhere to without fail.
- Does the company have insurance cover? The work likely to be undertaken in your home is quick risky and you need to be exonerated of any liability. Seek to find out whether the safety of the workers is covered in a workers’ liability claim. That way, in case of injuries, you are not liable for their compensation. You also want to know whether the company is covered for any damage that may result during the project. This will protect your property should something happen to your assets when installations are being carried on.
- What brand of siding will be installed? You have selected your preferred type of siding. Now seek to know what type and brand the contractor will install and the costing for all of that. The contractor should also include in that budget the material that will be accompanying the siding so that you have one lump sum budget for everything.
- How long has the contractor been in business and is he licensed? You want to be sure that the company undertaking the job is qualified to carry it out. Let them brief you on how long they have been in the business and what their line of expertise is. They should also have references who can attest to the work they’ve done for them. Let them give you a list of people who you can call and ask the relevant questions. Also, ensure that they are licensed to carry on this kind of business and that their licenses and permits are up to date. In this era where businesses are conducted virtually, I would feel safer and assured with good old brick and mortar. Let them have an office where you can go and make enquiries when you need to.
- Do they grant a guarantee period? Anything can happen between the time the installation is done and the next few months. Ask them whether they have a period of safety when they can re-do the job or make repairs for free or at a subsidized price.
- What is the expected schedule of payment? Different companies have different options of payment. Some require a percentage as down payments while some will be agreeable to completing the work then getting the payment. Whatever the preferred schedule, ensure that you are also comfortable with it. It is not advisable to pay the full amount upfront. You need some leverage and the unpaid amount could be it.
If the questions above are answered to your satisfaction, you are one step into making a deal with the siding company. Always make sure you get the deal that you deserve and that will be good value for your money.
Written by True Son Exteriors, the best contractors for siding in Columbia, MO.