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Replacing The Siding On Your Home

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Do you have a home with worn out or defective siding? Choosing the right siding can be a tough decision. There are many types of siding available on the market, wood types include cedar, cypress, and shingle siding. As well as board and batten, "stucco look" fiber cement siding systems, vertical siding systems, lap, beaded siding, Dutch lap hardboard siding systems also known as German siding and much more. Below are some suggestions when looking for a contractor.
Cost:  Have all parties that will be involved or have an interest in the project at the initial consultation. Determine the key contact person with whom the contractor will communicate with during the project. If you have changes, be sure to get written documentation on changes, cost and time. Check the progress of the work and do not make the final payment until you are satisfied with the work and the contractor has furnished proof that all subcontractors and construction liens have been paid off.
Warranties/Guarantee’s/Insurance: Only contract with siding and window contractors that have all of the proper insurance. Request written proof and call their insurance company to verify the validity. Require that any company representative (regardless of service category) consulting with you on your job, service or project, completely understand every detail about their product and services, product features and benefits, installation specifications, warranty information and the like.
Preventative Maintenance: Keep your chimney in good shape.  Have your chimney area inspected every year to detect any potential hidden damage.
Materials: Choose an environmentally friendly, low maintenance and durable siding product.  There are new innovations in high quality siding materials available. Always install a house wrap, such as Tyvek, underneath the siding, to insure energy savings. When your siding is being installed, the use of ladders is the preferred method. The use of scaffolding may result in potential holes in your roof. Be sure that the contractor or company agrees in writing that all work will conform to city, county and/or state building codes and protocol.