Vinyl siding is an excellent low-cost and low maintenance home cladding option. Once you've decided to side your home with America's number one siding material, it is important to know that the quality of the installation is just as high as the quality of the product. As a CT vinyl siding company, we know how important it is to hire trained, experienced and certified professionals for your home's vinyl siding project.
By following these basic guidelines you will be prepared to choose the right professional contractor that suits your needs.
1) Select A Qualified Professional
Employ a contractor with an established business in your local area. By choosing a local business you can check their work through past customers. If you select a local business you are also supporting a business in your own community. Ask for local homeowner references and follow up with them to see if they were satisfied with all aspects of the contractor's performance.
Check to make sure your contractor is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) as well as an accredited Better Business Bureau business.
Vinyl siding, just like stucco siding, can provide excellent insulation from severe weather. Of course, stucco and vinyl siding can both look sophisticated and attractive on any home or building. Stucco siding tends to have a more natural and rough appearance, usually seen in Spanish-style homes. In comparison, vinyl siding provides a very clean and manufactured look.
2) Plan Properly
Think of your vinyl siding project from start to finish. It is important to carefully plan all of your home improvements so you can update your home, increase the value of your investment and represent your own personal style. Before you decide to start a vinyl siding remodel, consider all of the costs involved. The great thing about vinyl siding is that it requires very little maintenance and attention after it is installed. Professional installation of vinyl siding will also help homeowners eventually save money in energy costs, another factor to consider.
3) Comply with Building Codes and Permits
If you are considering any home improvements you must be aware of the building codes in your jurisdiction. A building permit is generally required whenever structural work is involved. The complex details of local building codes and permits are familiar details to a professional contractor, so make sure to pick a contractor who is well-versed on the subject. Always check with your municipality before any work, as homeowners are responsible for penalties resulting from any failure to file required permits.
4) Get A Well-Written Contract
Detail what the contractor will and won't do, such as protection of your household goods surrounding the job site and daily clean-up or clean-up upon completion of the job. Since this is an additional labor cost for the contractor, it may slightly raise the cost of your job, but it is well worth the price. Your contractor should detail a list of all materials for the project in your contract. This includes size, color, weight, model, brand name, quantity, and product. Make sure that you also understand the financial terms involved in the contract. The total price, payment schedule, and a cancellation penalty (if there is one) should be clear.
Warranties, especially for vinyl siding products, should be in writing. Make sure any warranties offered are written into the contract. A warranty must be identified if it is either "Full" or "Limited". If it is a "Full Warranty" all faulty products must be repaired, replaced, or your money returned. If it is a "Limited Warranty" this indicates all replacements and refunds of damaged products are limited in some regard. Think carefully before you sign a contract. If it is incomplete, don't sign it. Do you understand everything on the contract? Are you getting what you really want? Do you know the cost of each item? Are you paying a fair price? Do you have a copy? Know all the facts before you spend your hard-earned money.
Now that you know how to select the best contractor for your vinyl siding project, download our free vinyl siding checklist.