Good home construction materials last a long time, but most are not likely to last forever. That’s why it’s good practice to call a pro for gutter repair if there are signs of damage to your gutter system, siding replacement if your siding is too old and worn, and so on. Being vigilant in the upkeep of your home can save you from headaches and potentially expensive repairs and premature replacements, but it can only hold off material wear and tear for so long.
If your siding is due for a replacement, it’s a good idea to come up with a realistic budget and a proper timeframe. To do that, you need estimates to be as accurate as possible. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best quotes from siding replacement professionals.
Get Several Estimates
Call at least three siding contractors and ask for estimates. Having multiple estimates gives you an opportunity to compare and contrast, as well as come up with the right questions to ask your contractor. Remember that an experienced and reputable professional will take the time to visit your home, make some measurements, and basically do their due diligence to ensure they hand you an estimate that’s as close to the actual cost and timeframe as possible. So if a contractor texts you the estimate without ever seeing your home, be wary that the actual cost might not be even close. That’s a sign to look somewhere else. Another red flag is if the estimate is too low when compared to other quotes. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Take the Size of Your Home Into Account
Just because the estimates you got are much higher than the ones your neighbor showed you doesn’t mean you’re being taken for a ride. If your home is much bigger than your neighbor’s, it’s only natural that your siding replacement will cost more, as it will use up more material and man-hours to complete. If your home has a second story or a third, the labor cost might be higher because it’s more difficult to install siding, replace windows, perform restoration services, and others.
Always Choose Quality
Good-quality siding will cost more, but it looks better and will last longer than its cheaper counterparts. You might think you’re saving money by choosing the cheaper siding, but you’ll realize you’ve made a mistake when you have to replace it again only a few years down the road.
Consider the Timing
Most homeowners hire contractors for home improvements and other similar services during spring and summer. The higher demand means there are fewer available contractors, and this can increase prices. To save some money, have your siding replaced during off-peak seasons, such as fall or winter, especially if your winters are mild.
These tips should help you get estimates that are as accurate as possible.
To schedule a siding replacement, get in touch with Sprague Roofing and Restoration. We also offer roof repair and replacement services. Call us today at these numbers: Fort Collins: (970) 514-4415, Cody: (307) 578-8765, Billings: (406) 534-1222. You can also tell us about your roofing problems or home improvement projects here. We work with homeowners in Billings, MT, and in Cody, Wyoming.