How to Choose A Siding Contractor
There are many factors that would help determine if you need new siding on your home or not. I will hit on a few of the top factors that would dictate your siding is in need of replacement in another blog, but this one is dedicated to choosing both a siding contractor as well as a siding substrate. Most homes up here in the Inland Northwest that are 30-50 years old were clad in wood originally. And chances are, if they have been re-sided in the recent past, the owners have chosen to use vinyl siding based primarily on cost. Or, the other common route we see is aluminum siding going right over the top of the old siding.
True, cost is an important factor, however, one rule to remember is this; Cost is what you pay, but Value is what you get. When it comes to cost vs. value James Hardie fiber cement siding with ColorPlus Technology is second to none!
It is true, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding with ColorPlus Technology does cost more than both vinyl siding and wood siding, however, the value far outweighs the upfront costs. It’s a value that lasts and lasts when the cost has quickly expired leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth with both the siding you’ve chosen and the siding contractor as well. When the Spokane siding contractor you choose is Aspen Construction & Design and you allow us to clad your home with James Hardie Fiber Cement siding with ColorPlus Technology we know you’ll experience the satisfaction of many other happy homeowners here in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.
The first thing you’ll want to look for when choosing a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Siding Contractor or Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Siding Company is licensure. Is the contractor you're considering properly licensed in either Washington or Idaho. And with licensure comes insurance and bonding. This is a requirement to have with a license and there is a resource in both Washington and Idaho to research your contractor on each state’s website. For Washington, find the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and search for ‘contractor verification.’ For Idaho search for contractors at the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.
Once licensing has been established, make sure you do your due diligence on the contractor and their work. Request a list of references and ask to go see some of the past work they’ve completed. Speak to their supplier and ask about their credit history to see if they have been paying their bills. You, as the homeowner, should be covered under the Surety Bonding if they don’t pay their bills (depending on the amount of your material), but be sure they have no outstanding liabilities. All licensed contractors should have a bonding amount of at least $12,000.00.
The next qualifying characteristic is on training. Have they had manufacturer based training on the best methods of installation in order to maximize the James Hardie Siding Warranty? Remember, the James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding carries a 30 year non-prorated warranty on the substrate and a 15 year warranty on the finish, but only if it’s installed according to their best practices guidelines. Aspen Construction & Design has lead the region in training and we do not compromise the integrity of your installation just because “we’ve been doing it like this for years and years” as the other guys say.
Status Quo is a no-no in our book. Remember, when choosing a Spokane siding company or a Coeur d’Alene siding company, look no further than Aspen Construction & Design to install your James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding so you get the full value out of the best siding in the industry.