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The Qualities of Great Siding Companies: A Standard Guide in Downriver, Michigan Area

Updated on April 11, 2016
Painted house siding.
Painted house siding. | Source

Introduction

Your home’s exterior, next to the structural foundation is the second most important part to improve or renovate. We’re talking about the material on the external walls of your log building or house — the siding.

Why Add Siding?

Well, first and foremost, if the walls of your property are made out of solid bricks or perhaps, masonry veneers, you don’t necessarily need to put siding. Simply because these materials are study enough to withstand any weather conditions. But if you are using log walls or wooden walls, then adding a siding is a must.

Why? What are the benefits? A siding which can be a metal, vinyl, and more, will protect your wall foundation from any weather disturbance. It prevents any moisture or condensation to penetrate. So this also means that it can help keep the cool or heat inside your house properly. You will then enjoy a lower utility bill.

Moreover, siding can increase the market value of your establishment. It can also be used to decorate your exterior walls, a decoration with purpose.

Vinyl Siding
Vinyl Siding | Source
Wood Siding
Wood Siding | Source
Metal Siding
Metal Siding | Source

Why Improve?

Although, generally, a great siding is able to maintain its look and efficacy between 10 years, it does fade out later on. In some cases, you will see bubbles on top, warps, and cracks. And if you don’t mind, the cracks and breaks will lead to leakage, which can cost more to repair. Of course, the level of repair needed depends on the type of damage. If the damage is too bad that it is not feasible to improve or refurbish, then you’d need to buy a whole new siding.

A patched siding.
A patched siding. | Source
Water-damaged siding.
Water-damaged siding. | Source
Warped, bowed out siding.
Warped, bowed out siding. | Source

So don’t wait for this to happen! Once you see the sign, contact the nearest siding expert in your place. But who to hire?

Here are 10 qualities to check.

Licensed

If you want to guarantee a high level of professionalism, demand an RBC (residential building contractor) license from your provider. This is a basic requirement for businesses who directly transact building construction services with homeowners.

Most home improvement businesses already have this, but there are those who specialize in siding only and such is declared in their permits as a special skill area. If there are other expanses that you will be renovating in the future, consider an all-around licensed supplier.

Insured

All concepts about insurance are the same – it is a guaranteed compensation for loss, damage, or any untoward and unplanned events in exchange of a premium that you pay. Some suppliers offer promotional offers like free insurance if you pay the contract in lump sum.

When talking about insurance, make sure you ask about who the insurer is and also do a research on this company’s reputation and background. Usually, the contract is a package deal (meaning it comes with the policy) but if you’re doubtful about it, ask about how you can go and look for your own insurer.

Also read about the coverage and be attentive to details. One common problem is when the policy does not say that they will exactly match your original materials in case you make a claim. Or, if there is a hole somewhere, will they repair it? They are obligated to restore the property to its original state before the damage.

Expert Workers

If there is a policy about KYC or know your customer, then it is equally important to know your contractor! Although the firm they represent is licensed, they also have to be individually certified to do construction jobs.

Most companies would not mind showing prospective clients the profiles of their employees to showcase their experiences and projects that they have worked on in the past.

If there’s an opportunity for you to get to talk to the workers personally, then take that chance so that you can personally tell them your preferences and they can, likewise, inform you how they operate.

Customer Rating

Testimonial articles are reliable sources of information too, as long as these write-ups are legitimate. Do not only read testimonials on the company’s website because there’s a chance these are solicited or paid advertisements.

Look for blogs and forums that tackle renovations, repair, and anything related to house assembly or remodeling, so you can find that perfect siding company.

Better Business Bureau Logo
Better Business Bureau Logo

BBB Accreditation

BBB stands for Better Business Bureau.

This accreditation committee ensures that companies meet standards that enable the business owners to resolve customer complaints and after sales requests.

Businesses pay fees for BBB to constantly and consistently monitor and call out non-compliance to policies and guidelines.This official approval from the BBB is not mandatory but will come in handy in case the finished product does not meet the consumers’ standards or if there are conflicts after the work has been completed.

General Aniline & Film Logo
General Aniline & Film Logo

GAF Certification

GAF stands for General Aniline & Film.

It is the biggest manufacturer of construction supplies in Northern America. It used to be focused on manufacturing roofing goods for residences and commercial establishments, but now it has also ventured into other home improvement industries.

Having a contractor who is GAF certified guarantees that the provisions used for your house are of high-quality, durable, and have passed compliance and quality tests.

Angie’s List Logo
Angie’s List Logo

Part of Angie’s List

Not all reviews are fake. There is a website, Angie’s list, based in the United States that compiles and verifies crowd-sourced reviews of businesses, and conducts further research to provide consumers with reliable and factual data to contemplate on when making decisions on professionals and services to hire.

The reviews that you can read here are never anonymous and are corroborated by their own data gathering. Readers who subscribe to this service also get discounts and coupons from establishments. Angie’s list also has a customer complaints section to help settle issues with your workers.

Free Estimate

Who doesn’t want freebies? We all do, quotations included! We, as consumers, need to know the scope of work needed to accomplish our requirements, along with the costs associated with it.

This most importantly helps us keep our expenses within the budget we set and we can also use these quotations to compare contract prices and potentially negotiate or haggle deals with different companies.

Included in the free estimate, aside from scope of work, is the BOM or bill of materials, plus other incidental costs on permits, draft approvals, and the likes.

On Staff Architect

While the primary function of your external sides is for protection, you also have to consider the aesthetics of your building. A staff architect is the perfect person for this engagement.

The staff architect has the same qualifications and capabilities as that of the usual architect we are familiar with but this type of person is one who works with the construction firm that you hired.

Architects know all about design, strength of materials, and physics, so make sure you have one so your side assembly is not only functional and sturdy but pleasing to the eyes and fits with the overall theme of your house.

Years in the Business

Experience is the best teacher and if you want to get your money’s worth, go sign a contract with the provider with the most exposure to this craft.

Aside from different scenarios they might have encountered before, their knowledge and confidence on the subject matter gives you much relief that your siding will not be experimental nor a practice session.

Conclusion

These are the most important things to consider when choosing your contractor. Albeit, it also boils down to the budget and the timelines you have set aside for this project, so choose carefully!

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