How do I hire a siding contractor?
Siding can add to your home's beauty and value as well as reducing long-term maintenance costs.
However, choosing the right contractor to install your siding is important. This may seem like a daunting task, but we've prepared a helpful list of tips to make it easy for you!
Things To Remember
- Research the type of siding you want to use. Visit your local home improvement store and look at siding samples or find homes in your area with the siding type you are interested in. Determine the price range, the color and the potential advantages or disadvantages of the type of siding you are interested in.
- Get a list of at least 3 siding contractors in your area. Find them on Kudzu.com.
- Have each contractor come out to inspect your home and provide an estimate in writing. Make sure you are clear about the type of siding you would like to use and ask the contractor about their experience with that type of siding.
- Depending on the type of siding you select, be sure to ask about painting or finishing. Wood siding typically needs to be painted or stained to protect it against the elements. See our article Siding 101.
- Make sure the estimate includes the removal of any old siding and trash.
- Get a list of references from each contractor and contact them. Ask if they were satisfied with the price, work performed and time it took to finish.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau and find out if there are any complaints filed about any of the contractors you are considering.
- Make sure that each contractor you contact is fully licensed and insured.
- Ask if the installation includes a warranty. A reliable siding contractor should be willing to provide one. Make sure you are clear on the terms of the warranty.
- When making your final decision on which contractor to use, consider the price quoted, their experience, the responses you received from their references, the communication you received and your own impression.
- Once you decide which contractor to use, be sure to get a contract in writing that clearly states the work to be performed (installation, removal of old siding, etc.), the total price and the estimated time to complete.
- Never pay in full until the work is completed and inspected. Only pay by credit card or check.
- Siding is typically measured out and sold in squares (100 square feet per square), with a square ranging from $125 to $300 depending on the material used. Labor charges are usually calculated based on the number of squares as well.
- Siding is available in a range of materials including vinyl, aluminum, cement, cedar shake and cedar clapboard. Wood is typically the most expensive, as it needs to be stained or painted.
- The larger siding companies tend to be more expensive. You may be able to find a smaller company in your area that can perform comparable work for less.