It’s always a good idea to consider your options when making costly decisions regarding your home improvements. It’s encouraged to get estimates from two to three contractors, at least. If you are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars with a contractor, the least they can do is write a properly detailed estimate. In this case, the more detail, the better. This way, it leaves little to no questions once the project starts and virtually eliminates misunderstandings before, during and after your vinyl siding project is complete.
1.) Vinyl Siding Profile and Accessories Product Color(s)
Vinyl siding projects have many components and sometimes it can feel dizzying to a homeowner. What is a soffit? Do I want a vented or solid soffit? Does your contractor intend on installing gable vents? If so, it should be in the estimate. Not only should it be in the estimate, it should clearly state which color the gable vents are going to be.
Seaberg Construction typically starts every vinyl siding estimate with accessories in white. If you decide the outside corners of your home, the gable vents, the light blocks, etc. should match the vinyl siding color, that’s fine with us! Let us know and we will update your estimate accordingly.
Your vinyl siding estimate should include the vinyl siding profile. Do you like the look of Double 4 Clapboard or Double 7 Cedar Impressions? Are you using both? If so, installation location needs to be noted on the estimate. Nothing would be worse than coming home from work and seeing the crew put the wrong profile up because there was a misunderstanding. Your estimate is your contract to fall back on and refer to. The estimate holds both parties accountable during this process.
2.) Vinyl Siding Order of Operations
A well written estimate outlines the order of operations for your vinyl siding project. What’s the first step? Hopefully the contractor plans to pull a building permit first and foremost! Any reputable and trustworthy contractor files and obtains the building permit first. Then, what? What can you expect once the crew is on your property? The estimate should walk you through a general outline of what you can expect the crew to be doing.
3.) Unforeseen Sheathing Rot
Unfortunately, nobody has x-ray vision and sometimes rot issues are uncovered. If unforeseen rot is found, it should be noted clearly in the estimate how it will be handled. Do you know how much money you could be on the hook for? Seaberg Construction does not want to surprise a homeowner with additional work on their invoice as much as you as the homeowner would not enjoy that either. Our estimates include cost per piece of replacement wood.
4.) Vinyl Siding Warranties
Any warranty for any product on earth are typically long, detailed and filled with legal jargon. Your vinyl siding estimate should at least include wording to reference the product warranty(s) as well as a workmanship warranty in easy to understand terms. Basically what it boils down to is, product warranties protect you if the product fails and workmanship warranties protect you if the installation fails. You can and should request the full warranty documents to keep in your files should you ever need to reference them in the future.
5.) Vinyl Siding Clean Up
Your vinyl siding estimate should include what measures the crew will take to clean your property. Seaberg Construction makes it our priority to keep a clean work site. Depending upon the size of the vinyl siding project, it could take anywhere from 5 business days to upwards of 20 business days. We leave the job site clean and organized to start the next day’s work.
6.) Vinyl Siding Estimate Expiration Date
Your vinyl siding estimate should be dated correctly and also state how long the estimate is valid for. Seaberg Construction offers 30 days for you to decide to proceed with your vinyl siding project with us before we requote the project.
7.) No Spelling Errors
Is your vinyl siding estimate written concisely in detail without spelling or grammatical errors? The contractor who provides a clean, well-organized and thorough estimate is a real contender for your vinyl siding project. Showing attention to detail in your vinyl siding estimate also shows they will likely show attention to detail during your vinyl siding project.
If your potential contractor has passed all of your tests, it sounds like the decision to work together made itself. Not so fast, now the only question that remains is, do you want to work with them? Only the most knowledgeable and professional vinyl siding contractor wins your business. Ultimately, if there’s a lingering gut feeling one way or another, trust your instincts!
Given the opportunity, Seaberg Construction would be happy to provide a vinyl siding estimate for your home! Jon or Adam will provide an on-site consultation and a detailed vinyl siding estimate to follow. To contact us today, please fill out this form on our website: https://www.seabergconstruction.com/about-us-roofing-company/contact-us/
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