Your home's exterior contributes to your home's curb appeal, but it also functions as a barrier between your possessions and the extremes of weather. By choosing a top-quality siding material and selecting an experienced professional to install it, you will increase your home's energy efficiency, protect your home's interior, and increase the market value of your home. Finding and hiring the right siding contractor may take a bit of time and energy on your part, but the final result will be well worth the effort.
Start your search by asking neighbors, family members, coworkers, and friends who have recently completed work on their home's exterior. A recommendation from someone you know is a valuable start to finding the right siding contractor for your project.
You can also ask at retailers that provide siding, if you have been visiting these locations. They have likely developed a list of the top local siding professionals over the years, and chances are good that they are happy to share their list with you. Be cautious if they recommend their own employees, though, since they probably mark up their rates to realize a profit.
Once you have a few names of siding contractors, it's time to give each one a call and ask some important screening questions. Ask about their background: How long have they been installing siding? Are they a licensed contractor, and are they insured and bonded? In addition, you need to find out their schedule, so ask how soon they would be able to start your siding installation project.
Once a siding professional has passed your phone screen, it's time to set up an appointment for them to come to your home and bid on your project. A professional siding contractor will be pleased to meet with you to determine the scope of your job, provide you with an estimate, and answer any further questions you have regarding your project. When a siding contractor comes to your home, be sure to ask not only about the cost of the work they would provide, but also if they can remove the existing siding (if any) and haul the trash from your site.
The last step you need to take before you hire your siding expert is to check their references. Although some homeowners skip this step, many of them later regret that they did not check out past customer satisfaction levels as a predictor of the siding contractor's performance.