If you are looking into having your siding replaced, asking the right questions can help you get the best contractor for the job. In today’s post, the siding and roofing contractors at Kroll Construction shares the questions you should ask a siding contractor before hiring them.
1. Are You Properly Licensed? General contractors in Michigan are required to have a Michigan Builders License, as well as to be registered through the Michigan Department of Treasury. A siding contractor with a license is your assurance of their legitimacy and compliance with applicable building codes. It is worth noting that a contractor license is different from a business license, and one shouldn’t be mistaken for the other.
2. What Kind of Insurance Coverage Do You Have? Roofing and siding contractors need to have the right insurance coverage. Ask your prospective contractor for a copy of their insurance certificate, which should clearly indicate coverage for general liability insurance (for accidental property damage) and workers’ compensation (for worksite injuries). One of the requirements for a contractor license is proof of insurance, so licensed contractors should have no problems providing a copy of their insurance certificate.
3. Does Your Warranty Include Workmanship Coverage? It goes without saying that new siding comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, but not all of them come with workmanship coverage. Workmanship warranties are just as important as manufacturer’s warranties, given that installation mistakes can cause siding failure just as much as defective products can. Make sure you ask your contractor whether they offer workmanship warranty or a guarantee.
4. Can You Provide Local Preferences? The best proof of how well a contractor does their job is in their past work. A credible siding contractor should be able to provide at least three local references. Make sure you take the time to call them. Ask these past clients on how the contractor handles delays, do they keep the place clean, and how they communicated throughout the project. A contractor that’s easy to work with can go a long way in keeping your siding replacement relatively stress-free.
Kroll Construction is one of the leading siding and roofing companies serving communities in Michigan. Give us a call at (734) 999-1022. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.