Choosing the right home improvement contractor takes a bit more work than a quick search online. You can ensure that your home siding project goes smoothly, and you end up with the best result when you choose the optimal siding contractor for your project.
Below, we pose nine questions to ask when deciding if a siding contractor is right for you. If you are in Northern Virginia and would like to see if our team at Nova Exteriors fits the bill, call us at 703-991-0063 for a free in-house estimate.
1. Are They Nearby?
Location is one of the most important considerations when choosing a siding company. In general, it’s a better idea to choose a local company over a large chain or someone far away.
You can discover many benefits to choosing a contractor from your local community, including:
- Requiring less travel time to your project
- Stimulating your local economy
- Supporting a local business
- Relationships to local suppliers
You’ll also benefit from choosing a nearby contractor because, with reputations on the line, contractors are motivated to do their best work within their own communities.
2. Are They Experienced?
Click through image portfolios and galleries and ask about past work to find out if a contractor has the experience needed to complete a proper siding installation.
A good siding contractor has experience with various siding materials and can recommend what’s best in your climate—like we do in the four-season environment of Springfield and Northern VA. For example, at Nova Exteriors, we often recommend durable vinyl or fiber-cement siding that won’t rust or rot in the wet and humid Virginia summer climate.
Nova Exteriors was founded in 1995, so you can trust that our team has the experience needed to provide high-quality siding installations and repairs.
3. What Warranties Do They Offer?
If you’re replacing the siding on your home, research or ask the siding contractor about warranties they offer. Are manufacturer warranties available? What sort of warranties does the company provide?
You can have confidence in your new siding when you know warranties are covering you. If the contractor does not offer any warranties, it could signal a lack of confidence in their products or services.
At Nova Exteriors, we provide material and labor warranties ranging from 10-year to lifetime coverage because we believe in protecting our customers from faulty workmanship.
4. Are They Licensed and Insured?
Like many states, Virginia requires general contractors to have valid licenses. You should be able to find these license numbers on the company’s website. If you can’t, ask for their licensing numbers.
You can also check the most recent contractor license revocations compiled by your state, such as Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. If you see a siding contractor you’re considering on one of these lists, their license is no longer valid.
You should also ensure that your contractor has insurance. Siding contractors should offer you and their employees protection through liability and worker’s compensation insurance policies.
You can find license numbers for Nova Exteriors on our About page. We hold licenses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.
5. Do They Provide Other Services?
Homeowners often tackle several exterior projects simultaneously, including siding, gutters, windows, and doors. If your home’s entire exterior could use a remodel, keep the work under one umbrella. You’ll save money and time by using the same contractor for all exterior projects.
Find out if the contractor provides other services in addition to the siding. These services may include:
- Window installation and repairs
- Door installation and repairs
- Roofing repairs and replacements
- Storm damage repairs
Here at Nova Exteriors, we can tackle any and all of the above exterior home projects.
6. What Do Past Customers Say?
Check the contractor’s website for past reviews or testimonials. Several glowing reviews usually signal an experienced contractor who provides high-quality work.
Even if the website doesn’t have reviews or only includes one or two, you should also search for customer reviews on websites like Angi/Home Advisor, Guildquality, Yelp, and Google. Be sure to check the Better Business Bureau for rating and reviews, too. You can also assess how the company responds to customer complaints by looking at its review responses and comments.
7. What Are Their Payment Options?
If you’re not sure how you’ll afford new siding, look for a contractor that offers flexible payment options. A good contractor will probably have a payment plan option, so you can take care of your home without dropping thousands of dollars at once.
For example, at Nova Exteriors, we offer payment plans through Synchrony Financial, Wells Fargo, and EnerBank USA. Some of our programs require down payments as low as $50 because we understand that exterior work is expensive and you have many financial responsibilities.
8. Do They Help With Insurance Claims?
If you’re seeking a siding contractor after a storm, and you’ll be making an insurance claim to help pay for the damage, you can benefit from choosing a contractor with experience in insurance claims.
Our siding professionals at Nova Exteriors have the experience needed to help you with your wind, hail, or storm damage claim.
9. Do They Offer Free Estimates?
It may be beneficial for you to seek out several siding contractors who offer free quotes to choose which one is right for your project and your budget. At Nova Exteriors, our free in-home estimates provide transparent pricing, so our customers can feel confident trusting us with their siding projects.
We are available for in-home appointments Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Reliable Siding Contractor, Springfield, VA
To choose the right siding contractor for your home siding project, keep the above questions in mind. Read this article if you’re wondering how much your new siding will cost, or call us for a no-charge, in-house estimate.
If you’re looking for siding contractors in Springfield or throughout Northern Virginia, consider Nova Exteriors. We have more than 27 years of experience in home improvement, so you can trust us with your siding needs. Our team of dedicated professionals will provide you with high-quality materials and workmanship for the best results on your exterior project.
You can contact us at Nova Exteriors by filling out our convenient online form, emailing us directly at email@example.com, or calling 703-991-0063.
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