What Factors Should You Consider When Choosing a Vinyl Siding Contractor?
It makes sense to approach hiring a vinyl siding contractor the same way you would hire a contractor to do any other home improvement job:
- Ask friends and family members for recommendations.
- Once you’ve assembled a list of potential contractors, contact at least three to obtain written estimates–and a sense of the true price of the job.
- Request references, and call them before hiring a contractor. If possible, visit a couple of the homes your favored contractor has re-sided to see the quality of their work.
But you should also inquire about special considerations that might need to be taken when adding vinyl siding to your home. Ask contractors about potential trouble spots. For instance, how would they finish the areas around the doors and windows?
Consider hiring a contractor who has completed “certified installer” training through the Vinyl Siding Institute. The institute teaches contractors to correctly attach siding to allow for normal weather-caused expansion and contraction and maintain a tight, moisture- and wind-proof fit; certified installers learn how to prepare the areas around doors and windows so that water cannot seep in; and lastly, the institute places a high value on the aesthetics of installation, so that every job turns out beautifully.
While you want get the best value out of your vinyl siding and be sure that it’s properly installed, in the end, one of the most important aspects of re-siding your home is how it looks when it’s done. After all, there’s nothing quite like the pride you feel when you love how your home looks.