02 Aug Questions to Ask Before Replacing Your Siding
New siding can give your house a satisfying, fresh new look. But, the company you choose to do business with can make a big difference in how happy you are with the process and the results. To assure that you have a great experience and painlessly improve the value of your home, be sure to ask these questions:
1. Are you licensed and insured?
A company that is on the up and up will be willing to provide proof that they have liability insurance and the legal licensing to work in Illinois. While an unlicensed contractor may offer a price that appears lower on its face, working without the proper permits and insurance puts your home and your money at risk.
2. Can additional insulation be installed when replacing the siding?
Chicago area winters get cold. Adding a new layer of insulation can help you keep your heating bills down all winter long. We’ll discuss insulation options with you to help you choose the one that fits your construction and your budget.
3. What sort of warranty do you offer?
When comparing companies, a good way to judge them is based on how solidly they stand behind their work. Aspen Exterior Company, for example, offers a 10-year labor warranty.
4. How long will the job take?
Your siding contractor should be able to give you an estimate regarding how long it will take for them to finish the job and complete clean up. An additional question to ask: do you have a process in place to handle delays? Your siding contractor should be able to discuss how they have handled delays or other issues that customers have faced in the past.
5. What is your process for handling grievances or complaints?
Despite a siding contractor’s best efforts, sometimes things go wrong. Few people ask what a contractor’s process is for making things right if there is a problem. When researching contractors, look to resources like the Better Business Bureau to find out whether your preferred contractor is a BBB Accredited Business. When possible, try to speak to prior customers to understand their experience.
New siding is an improvement that can refresh your home and increase its value. By picking trained, caring and credentialed professionals for the job, you can ensure that it will be done right and provide lasting value.
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