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Good siding for your house is like good clothes for your body. The siding not only makes your house attractive but protects the structure. If your siding needs to be repaired or replaced, we can help with the financing. Get quotes for siding contractors specializing in repair and maintenance.
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- Licensed in their industry
- Insured and bonded
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How to Hire a Siding Contractor
Licensing requirements for siding contractors vary from state to state. Check your state government’s website for more info. Some states require a contractor’s license while other states require only a business license. And some states may delegate licensing requirements to counties and municipalities.
All siding contractors should carry two types of insurance: general liability insurance to cover any damages to your property and worker’s compensation insurance to cover injuries to employees.
Siding contractors may also hold certifications from industries such as the Vinyl Siding Institute, Certified Contractors Network, National Association of Home Builders, or National Association of the Remodeling Industry. They may also have certifications from siding manufacturers.
Types and Cost of Siding
These are the costs for various materials and what it will cost to install on a 1500-2500 square foot home. TGUC Financial can help with home improvement loans.
- Vinyl is $3-5 per square foot and will cost $6150-15,900 for the entire home. Vinyl siding is low maintenance. It never needs to be repainted and it resists fading. It is also easy to install.
- Engineered wood is $4-9 per square foot and $5400-$13,000 for the whole house. Engineered wood is attractive and looks like authentic wood siding. It’s easy to customize because it can be finished in a variety of ways. It is durable and strong. It is easier to install that wood siding but, since itis a newer material, you want to make sure your siding contractor is experienced in engineered wood installation. Engineered wood is a cost effective alternative to real wood siding. It is porous and can trap moisture in humid climates.
- Aluminum siding is $2-5 per square foot and will cost $10,000-19,000 to side the house. It is a lightweight material that is easy to install and also has insulative properties. Aluminum siding is fire-resistant and waterproof. Aluminum does not swell, rot, grow mildew, or provide a home for insects. It’s also recyclable. Aluminum siding is noisy. It makes a pinging sound when exposed to extreme weather like storms, high winds, and high heat. The colors will fade and look chalky and are hard to match up after several years. It is also prone to dents and scratches.
- Wood is $2-5 per square foot and will cost a total of $7000-23,000 for the house. Wood siding has lots of available options to customize the look you want. It is also easy to install. Wood gives that classic look to a home. Maintenance is simple and damaged siding can often be replaced by the homeowner. It is also environmentally-friendly. To keep the wood from cracking, warping, splitting, or rotting, it requires regular maintenance. Every 3-5 years it needs to be repainted. It is also vulnerable to insect and moisture damage and rot. Wood siding can be expensive.
- Fiber cement siding costs $5-13.50 per square foot and $6000-20,000 to install. Commonly referred to by its most popular brand name, James Hardie, fiber cement is resistant to rot, insects, weather, and fire. It looks like wood without the downsides of wood siding. It is costly to install because it requires more time and manpower. It is also difficult to replace and heavy. It will last long but will need to be repainted from time to time. Luckily, it is simple to repaint.
- Brick siding is $9-28 per square foot and $8900-25,000 to install. It has a great look and is durable. There is very little maintenance with brick siding but it is not a suitable choice for a hot climate since it heats up easily.
- Stucco siding is $5-6 per square foot and $1830-7052 to install. It is popular in the southwest since it keeps the air cool inside. It also keeps heat inside in the winter since it is a thick material. It is brittle and needs to have holes patched immediately but this is easy to do.
- Steel siding is $4-8 per square foot and $4000-14,600 to install. It is very strong and won’t bulge or shrink with temperature swings. It can be made to look like wood or it can have a modern corrugated steel look.
- Stone siding is $35-50 per square foot and will cost $87,500-$125,000 for a 1500-2500 square foot house. Even though it will last a lot longer than most other forms of siding, it is heavy and expensive. Make sure your contractor is experienced in stone siding since it can crack and collapse if not installed properly.
Questions to Ask Siding Contractors Near Me
- Are you bonded, insured, and licensed? Without insurance, the homeowner gets stuck with the liability.
- How much experience do you have with the type of siding I would like installed? Make sure the foreman of the job is experienced in the siding you are having installed.
- How long ago did you start or acquire this business? They should be in business for at least three to five years.
- Will you be pulling the permits for this job?
- Do you use subcontractors or your own employees? Having their own employees means the siding company is busy enough to be working year round. If they are hiring subcontractors, be sure to vet them the same way you would the primary siding contractor. Make sure you know that there are clear lines of communication. Make sure the company does not plan to sell your project to another company.
- Are you certified by any siding organizations or siding material manufacturers? James Hardie requires contractors be certified by their organization before they are allowed to install their siding.
- What is the warranty? There should be two warranties: one on workmanship provided by the contractor and one on the materials provided by the manufacturer.
- Is siding your main business?
- Do you have any references? They should include some work done in the past year. Ask if you can speak with the references yourself and then contact them. They should be able to provide at least three references.
- Will you be submitting an itemized bid in writing?
- How will you be replacing my siding? This gives you an idea of what to expect and tells you that the contractor knows how to get started and how to get the job done.
- How will you protect the landscaping?
- Can you work in bad weather?
- How will you dispose of the old siding? They should bring a bin for collecting all materials that are to be disposed of. Also ask where they plan to park the bin. Trapping your car inside your garage would be a bad thing.
- How much followup work do you get? Siding can last the length of time someone owns a home so they may never call their siding contractor again. But customers who need storm repair or siding for an addition will call the contractor whose work they were happy with.
- When can they start and how long will it take?
- What are the payment terms? It is common to require a downpayment and possibly payments along the way. Beware of anyone who wants to be paid in full before the project starts.
How to Choose Siding Contractors Near Me
- Get referrals. Siding contractors who have already worked in your area will not only know the local code but will have an established reputation.
- Check for manufacturer certifications. Siding material companies such as James Hardie will certify siding contractors who have been properly trained to use their materials.
- Check them out ahead of time. They should be insured and licensed and able to produce the paperwork proving it. Also check out their Better Business Bureau rating. Also look at the ratings on Yelp and Google. Read the one and two star reviews (some of them are not really legitimate complaints – look for the ones with real issues) and look at the overall rating.
- Don’t just pick the lowest bid. Your siding will need to last as long as you live there. Your guarantee will only extend to materials that have been properly installed so you want quality workmanship. Find out what kind of warranty is on your siding. There should be a workmanship warranty of a year or two and a material warranty from the manufacturer.
- Good communication is necessary. Choose a siding contractor that will return calls and talk with you about issues before and during the siding process.
- Get it in writing. Your written bid should have a clear scope of work and a tight price range. Read the small print and ask about the process for out of scope costs and price overruns.
- Don’t put up with a high pressure sales pitch. Professional contractors should give you the opportunity to look at their bid, compare it with others, and do your own research. Be wary of anyone who offers a “today only” special or requires that your spouse be present for the sales pitch (they don’t want you to be able to say, “I have to discuss this with…”).