Siding Cost and Contractors

Siding Cost and Contractors

The good news is there are more exterior siding products than ever from which to choose for your home. The bad news is you need to be careful in selecting your siding contractor, as many aren't skilled with all types of installations. Choosing the wrong contractor may not only affect your overall siding cost, but you could end up with a sub-par job needing repairs or replacement.

Siding Cost and Choosing the Right Contractor

The first step in having new siding installed on your home is picking the siding that's right for the house and your budget; the second step is picking the correct contractor for the installation. Reputable siding contractors should have up-to-date licenses and insurance and a list of references available for you to check. Although you might be able to get a reduced siding cost for labor from a contractor, it's usually not a good idea to use them unless they have experience with the siding type you've chosen.

Consider a few tips on different siding styles and the contractors who install them:

  • Brick veneer siding: Brick veneer always requires a contractor who specializes in masonry. Brick masons may be qualified to install stone veneer.
  • Stucco siding: Stucco crews rarely do any type of siding other than stucco siding.
  • Vinyl siding: Most siding contractors can install vinyl siding.
  • Fiber cement siding: Many vinyl siding contractors can install fiber cement, and carpentry contractors often install the product as well.
  • Wood siding: Wood siding is usually installed by carpentry contractors, however you may find some vinyl siding contractors able to install it properly.

If you're having trouble finding a contractor qualified to install your chosen type of siding, manufacturers like General Shale Brick and CertainTeed Siding often maintain a list of reputable contractors.

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