The siding on your building plays an aesthetic as well as a complex practical role – the envelope created by the siding will give your building its curb appeal, it will ensure the building’s thermal efficiency and it will protect your walls from the harmful effects of the elements. Being such an important component of the building, the siding needs not only to be chosen carefully, but to be installed professionally as well. While some types of siding can be impeccably installed by the homeowner alone or with help from some friends, if you want to make sure that your siding will perform as it should and it will be as durable as you expect it to be, you need a professional and reliable siding contractor for the job – here is how to find the best.
Find Siding Contractors in Your Area
Ask around among your friends and family whether they know a reliable siding Lincoln NE contractor and carry out some online research to find local contractors. Your online query will probably return quite a lot of results – check the contractor websites to find out about the expert’s portfolio of previous work as well as about his expertise and longevity in the business.
Create a list with the three or, even better, the five best contractors in your area, then find out their contact details, too.
Contact Potential Contractors
Call the contractors on your list or contact them by email. Tell them as much as you can about your project – to be able to provide detailed cost estimates, they will need to know the size of your walls and they will probably require information about the orientation of your building, the landscape surrounding it, the material that you want to use or your expectations in terms of appearance and performance. You can also invite the contractors to your building to help them understand your preferences better – personal contact is a great way to figure out whether the contractor inspires trust, whether you can imagine working with him and to find out the answers to your siding-related questions during a face-to-face meeting. The personal meeting is also a great opportunity to find out about the contractor’s certificates, insurances and to ask for his recommendations about the best material to use and for his opinions about the pros and cons of different material types.
Evaluate Cost Estimates
The price is a very important factor for evaluation, but it is not the only one that should determine your choice. Evaluate the cost estimates provided by the contractors you have talked to in terms of the materials to be used, the completion deadline and the warranty offered as well, then pick the contractor whose offer is the best.
Close the Deal
Cost estimates are, as the name shows, estimates, so you will need all the terms and conditions of your agreement with the siding contractor in writing, in the form of a contract. The document does not have to be a very complex document, but it needs to include all the important points of the agreement.