Finding a professional siding contractor in Maryland is no easy task. Many homeowners aren’t familiar with the process of vinyl siding installation, which makes choosing the right contractor difficult. But if you know the right questions to ask, talking to contractors can be a lot more productive and instructive in your decision. This week we’ll talk about how to interview a siding contractor and what answers you should expect from a good contractor. Use this advice to help you on your search!
6 Questions to Ask a Professional Siding Contractor in Maryland
What’s the name and address of your company?
A contractor with a brick and mortar location in the area is your best bet. Companies with a post office box, for example, probably don’t have the same resources to commit to customer service. This is the difference between working with a company operating from the back of a truck to a company who will be there at all times.
How long have you been in business?
The longer the company has been in business, the better. A long history shows that the contractor has developed a reputation in the area for quality service, one which has enabled them to continue to grow their business.
Are you licensed and insured?
Any siding contractor that you’re going to seriously consider should be insured and licensed in Maryland. The contractor should have workers’ compensation as well as comprehensive liability insurance. Verify with the state their license is current and in good standing. Licensing shows that the contractor is licensed by the state to perform installation of siding. This is different than a business license. Make sure you’re provided with copies of both their contracting license and proof of their insurance coverage.
Are you a member of any trade organizations?
There are a number of trade organizations for home improvement contractors. For example, a siding contractor may be a member of the Vinyl Siding Institute. Membership in these organizations shows that the contractor is in good standing in their professional community. Trade organizations and siding manufacturers may also provide certification for contractors to demonstrate the contractor has passed been certified at a high skill level for their trade. For example, CertainTeed Vinyl Siding offers a 5-Star Contractor rating for vinyl siding and trim installation.
Do you have references available?
Ask for a list of previous customers in Maryland the siding contractor has worked for over the past year. Call these references to ask them about their experience with the company, and whether they were satisfied with the work that was done. Be sure to ask whether the work was done within the estimated time frame.
What’s your warranty policy?
Contractors that stand behind their work will offer a warranty policy that backs up this claim.
Siding manufacturers offer warranties on their products, which gives you even more protection on your new siding.
Schaefer Siding and Exteriors, Your Siding Contractor in Maryland
Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing and repairing siding in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated contractor. To learn more, contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information.