Searching for a siding contractor to install new cladding to your home? Knowing the right questions to ask is one way to ensure you are getting the best contractor for the job. Sure, you could always ask other questions, but that might steer you towards the wrong choice. And that could lead to a less than stellar curbside appeal.
The following questions are going to prompt the siding contractors you interview to show their experience, expertise, transparency, and work ethic. Let’s get right to the Q&A.
Interview Several Local Ottawa Siding Contractors
Do a screening of potential Ottawa contractors. You can do this by checking online reviews and websites, including social media sites. See what people are saying. Check out their years in business, before-and-after pictures, and other content, like blogs. This will help you find the contractors who have services within your budget, as well as what they specialize in, who they hire, and their work philosophy. Try to find people with a mindset like yours, because that makes describing your needs much easier.
From there, you can start to single out the siding contractors you want to call and talk to. Make a list of about 5-8 contractors. If you can’t find that many, make a list of the top 3.
Check Their Materials
Not every manufacturer is going to make top-quality materials. If you want the best, you need to find the contractor who uses the best. Many contractors will carry various brands and material qualities to fit your budget, including grades, warranty lengths, and more. Be sure to use a contractor who has be authorized to work with the set of materials that you want. If you don’t know what brand you want, you should ask their advice on recommended products. This also helps you get a feel for their product knowledge and honesty.
Ask For References
Each contractor you consider should either have testimonials in plain sight on their social media page or website, or they will have ratings and reviews on their Google Maps entry. You can use other review sites as well to get unfiltered reviews about the group and their employees. Check for opinions about timeliness, transparency, hidden costs, respect, and so on. If you are having a difficult time deciding from these reviews, you can always ask for a list from the company directly that gives you a chance to call people from their 5-10 latest projects to get a recent account on what working with said contractor was like.
Furthermore, you can always inquire about seeing an in-progress job. This will show you how the materials are handled, planning, site maintenance, teamwork, and so on.
Insurance and Warranties
Lastly, you want quality assurance and to know that these contractors have insurance in case something unfortunate happens. In other words, make sure every material that is going to be used has a warranty statement—both from the manufacturer and the contractor, if applicable. From there, you want to know that the laborers are covered. This gives you peace of mind during and after the project.
Although selecting the right siding contractor for your siding installation or repair might seem a bit complex and time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be. When you get to the bottom of it, you want to hire a siding contractor the same way you would select a doctor. Think about their qualifications, their guarantees, and their workmanship. Once you have found the right group, you will have quality siding on your home in no time.