Whether your home is due for siding replacement or you’re installing cladding on a home under construction, choosing the right siding contractor for the job is critical. Even when you select the highest-quality materials, a poor installation job can significantly diminish your siding’s ability to protect your home.

In the end, the quality and protective capacity of your siding are only as good as the quality of the installation, so choose your contractor carefully! In this blog, the experts at Keyprime Roofing share seven qualities every homeowner should look for when considering siding contractors.

State Licensing

Anytime you’re hiring contractors to perform work on your Twin Cities home, they should hold Minnesota state licensing. Whether you’re vetting roofing contractors, siding contractors, or even painting contractors, always do your research to find out if they’re licensed professionals!

According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, “any individual or company that contracts directly with an owner of residential real estate to provide work in more than one special skill” needs a license to perform their work.

If a contractor only performs exterior finishing work, they may not need a license, but you should double-check state standards just to be sure. If a contractor doesn’t adhere to state requirements, chances are they won’t adhere to best practices when installing your siding either.

Insurance

Never hire siding contractors who don’t carry insurance! Minnesota requires contractors of all types to obtain commercial liability insurance and have that insurance approved by the state before work can commence.

If you allow uninsured contractors to work on your property and something goes wrong, you’ll likely be held financially liable for damages or injuries. When you're spending thousands on new siding installation, the last thing you need is another expense on your hands. 

Length of Time in Business

As you’re considering siding contractors, it’s always a good idea to take a look at how long they’ve been in business. Is the company just getting started? If so, do they have any positive reviews to back up their work?

If not, there’s always a chance you’re looking at fly-by-night contractors who aren’t above scamming you out of your hard-earned money. That’s not to say every new-ish siding company is out to take your money and run, though.

However, if you’re getting siding replacement after a severe storm that left a lot of damage in its wake, be wary of pop-up contractors. Every year after severe weather incidents, homeowners who don’t fully vet their contractors get scammed. You certainly don’t want to be one of them.

Customer Reviews

No matter how great a siding contractor might seem, if there aren’t any customer reviews, be wary. A lack of reviews may indicate the company is a pop-up that’s only looking to scam a few homeowners quickly and then take off. 

Obviously, a collection of positive reviews is a good indication that you’ve found a reputable siding contractor. But make sure you look at reviews across several platforms like:

●        Google

●        Yelp

●        The Better Business Bureau

●        Angie’s List

●        Facebook

If reviews are consistently positive everywhere you look, the company should be a safe option. If, however, you find a couple of platforms with a slew of negative reviews, do a little more digging. Find out how old the reviews are and whether the company responded to those customers’ concerns. If they reached out to help, that’s a good sign too.

At Keyprime Roofing, we strive to deliver the highest-quality customer service and workmanship in the siding industry. Take a look at our customer reviews on past projects for proof!

Experience and Credentials

When you’re vetting siding contractors, it’s imperative that you make sure they have experience installing the type of siding you want on your house. Each type of siding material requires different installation techniques, and while some siding contractors are experienced in a wide range of materials, others only know how to install a couple different types.

As you research installers, browse their company websites to learn more about the types of siding they have experience installing. In addition to experience, credentials are also helpful in determining the quality of the contractors’ workmanship.

Check each company’s website to see whether the contractors participate in or have completed training or certifications from industry-leading organizations or programs. Ongoing training signifies a commitment to skill improvement and quality workmanship. A little research can go a long way in helping you find the right siding contractor for the job.

Installation Warranty

Reputable siding contractors typically offer workmanship warranties because they stand by the quality of their work. They also truly care about their customers’ satisfaction and will do whatever it takes to keep their clients happy. If the contractors provide a warranty, they’re probably a solid option to consider. But remember: whoever you choose to hire, get that warranty in writing.

Free Project Estimates

If a siding installation company charges you for an estimate, that’s likely a red flag. Reputable siding contractors typically offer free project estimates to give you an opportunity to discuss your design goals and budget constraints.

This informal meeting can help you determine what a typical pricepoint looks like and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Even a brief interaction can help you feel out your prospects to determine if they’re right for the project.

Keyprime Roofing: Experienced Twin Cities Siding Contractors at Your Service

If your home is due for siding replacement or you’re building a brand new house, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing for all your siding needs. We can help you choose the best siding materials for your house and measure, cut, deliver, and install your siding while adhering to your timeline and your budget. To learn more or get started, call our Golden Valley, MN office at 952-426-0132, request a free quote, or contact us online for more information.