Choosing a Siding Contractor
Deciding to put siding on a home is a definite investment. In addition to creating a beautiful exterior for the home, siding also offers a number of benefits such as protection from the environment, mildew resistance, insect resistance, and more. While most siding types are relatively expensive, they are also developed so they last for a long time. Therefore, while you pay upfront for the investment, the return is long lasting.
In addition to choosing quality siding, it is also imperative that you hire the right contractor to install the siding. If the siding is not installed correctly, you could end up with all types of problems. First, you should locate a number of siding companies in your local area. Then, conduct a search through the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any unresolved complaints against that company
If everything looks good, make an appointment to talk to several companies so you can determine the one that will offer you the best product, price, and installation. You should be prepared with a number of questions pertaining to price for the siding and installation, type of siding, warranties, years experience with siding installation, bonding, insurance, and schedule. Then, make sure you ask for a number of references and follow up with each, asking the other homeowners if they are satisfied with the work done.
When you choose the siding company or contractor you want to do the installation on your home, you will need a written contract. This contract should be all-inclusive, meaning it should outline the agreed upon terms for all the questions you asked, specifically price, warranty, and schedule. Then, you would expect to pay something down until the job is complete but you should never put more than 25% of the total price down.
Of course, you will need to have some idea as to the type of siding you want on your home. Typically, you would choose siding for the appearance in relation to the style home you have, as well as personal taste and maintenance. Following are the most popular choices, each with advantages and disadvantages.
Brick or Brick Veneer
This type of siding is installed onto a wood frame, which can be done in a number of beautiful patterns. Brick and brick veneer is durable, a great insulator, and you would never have to worry about painting or problems with fading.
With this type of siding, a plaster with a cement base is used. Most often, the contractor would apply siding in three layers, which goes over solid or framed walls.
Steel and Aluminum
Both options of siding are made from metal and then coated with color. Steel and aluminum handle heat better than vinyl does although it is a little more costly
For vinyl siding, the installation goes on in one piece and then coated with color. The benefit to vinyl siding is that it is highly scratch, fade, and dent resistant.
Finally, you could choose siding made from a number of woods to include pine, fir, cedar, spruce, and redwood. For this, the contractor would recommend the best type of wood for the region in which you live.