Asking the right questions can help you find the right contractor when you need to have your siding replaced. In today’s post, local siding and roofing contractor Gresham Roofing and Construction shares the questions you should ask when interviewing potential siding contractors.
1. Are you properly licensed? The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) provides proper licensing and education to all general contractors in Oregon. Additionally, construction businesses doing business in the state are required to provide proof of workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. A proper license is your assurance not just of legitimacy, but of compliance with building codes. A contractor license should not be confused with a business license.
2. What kind of insurance coverage do you have? Whether you’re hiring a roofer or a siding contractor, make it a point to ask if they have the right type of insurance coverage. Your prospective contractor should have no problem providing a copy of their insurance certificate upon request. Look for the aforementioned coverage—workers’ compensation and general liability insurance—which covers accidental property damage and worksite injuries, respectively.
3. Does your warranty coverage include workmanship? In addition to a factory or manufacturer’s warranty, your new siding should have a workmanship or installation warranty. This is your protection against problems caused by human errors. Some siding manufacturers offer this as part of their limited warranties. Contractors may offer this as a separate guarantee. The ideal workmanship coverage should have a minimum of two years, as problems caused by installation errors usually manifest within this period.
4. Do you have local references? As the saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding”. The quality of a siding contractor’s work is best measured through their past customers. A prospective contractor should have no problem providing at least three recent—and local—references. Make it a point to call them and ask relevant questions like how the contractor treated the customer’s property, how they handled delays, and how they communicated before, during and after installation.