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If you’re a homeowner in Maryland, Washington DC, or Virginia, and you’re in the market for new siding, who you hire to install your siding is one of the most foundational choices that will impact your siding replacement project for years to come. Siding replacement is something most homeowners do only once or twice in their lifetime, so it’s vital to do your own research on the options before making your choice.

At ALCO Products, we understand the complexities of finding a reliable contractor you can trust. For over 60 years, we’ve provided homeowners with over 100,000 installations. Our track record, proven results, warranties, and customer care create relationships with clients that last. We stand behind our workmanship and the products we install. We’re known for clean work sites, and we repair or replace any products under manufacturer warranty without charging for labor.

Looking for a home exterior contractor to install your siding?

If you’re in the market for a siding replacement contractor, begin with the end in mind. What do you want your home to look like after your siding is replaced? Now consider the appropriate journey to get to that point. Here are some tips for finding a siding company nearby:

1.Start with the classic Google search

Take a good look at the companies that appear on the Google Map Pack (the first 3 sites that show up after the sites at the top of the search page), and look at the first page of Google search outcomes. Any company that shows up at the top of the Google search is easily found, and likely gets frequent business as a result. In a way, you allow Google to screen some of the competition for you and narrow it down to a handful of options for you to do more research on until you find the win-win situation you’re looking for. Try a variety of searches on Google, including things like “Design-Build Siding Contractors near me” or “DC Metro area Home Exterior Contractor.” If you’re installing Hardie Board siding, it’s important to find a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, who will install your siding properly, protecting your warranty.

2. Continue with Online Research

Once you’ve narrowed your search to a handful of possibilities, read the reviews on each to see what past clients are saying about them. Understand that previous clients give you firsthand feedback from real experience with the company you desire to hire. They have a good understanding of the communication style of the siding contractor; they understand how prompt the company is at responding to your calls, texts, or emails. Past clients have a working knowledge of how well the company keeps their intended timelines, and how clean they keep their worksites. They know the quality of the final outcome, and they are usually candid in sharing that with the public via reviews on the company’s website. Other places to search for reviews and more information about the siding companies you are considering include: Better Business Bureau (BBB), Yelp, and Home Advisor.

3. Take a Peek at Galleries of Recent Projects

Get a glimpse of what types of projects the company you are considering has done recently by taking a look at their gallery. Usually there is a conveniently located gallery of pictures on the company’s website, and their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page. If you want a more in-depth look, ask for addresses of recent projects and take a look for yourself in person. Although this may be more time-consuming, it is a great investment. After all, siding is a major home improvement, and you’ll be investing your time and money into it. It’s vital to your long-term satisfaction with your siding replacement that you find the best contractor for your specific project. Every bit of time you take before hiring someone to learn more about their workmanship, communication style, material choices, and final outcome is well invested and will pay off in the long run.

4. Never Underestimate the Power of Word of Mouth

Friends and family who have used siding contractors in your area can be some of the best help when it comes to choosing a reliable siding contractor. First of all, you can trust your family and friends to tell you precisely what they liked or didn’t like about the processes and outcomes of the siding contractor they hired. Ask about the communication flow between them and the contractor. If it wasn’t fluid for them, it likely won’t be for you. Find out if they were happy with not only the outcome but also the journey to the outcome.

5. Look at the Overall Cost and Results

It’s not smart to simply choose the company that gave you the lowest price on your estimate. Take a hard look at the overall workmanship, materials, and final outcome’s quality before making your final choice in a siding contractor. Likewise, if you get three bids and there’s a large gap between them, the highest price could be simply bloated, and easily eliminated from the possibility list due to budget boundaries. A good contractor will give you a comprehensive and accurate cost estimate and help outline the best options to finance or pay for your new home siding replacement.

6. Verify the Company Has Proper Licenses and Insurance

Don’t risk the possibility of accidents on the job becoming your responsibility as a consumer. Take time to ask the siding contractor to show you proof of his insurance and license.

7. Research and Interview at Least Three Contractors Before Choosing One

Call the top three possibilities you’ve found before making your selection. Notice their responses to your questions over the phone. Take note of how prompt they are in their communication from the start, and realize that’s likely how things would continue, should you hire them. You can also ask about their consultation and siding installation processes. Are they clear and help you know what to expect? Do they offer online or video consultations to begin planning your siding project now?

8. Once You’ve Done All the Legwork and Research, Follow Your Gut Sense

To find the win-win situation you’re desiring, do all the research, ask all the questions, network with family and friends, and then simply follow your gut sense about the company.

Get a free consultation with ALCO Products, and in the meantime, check out our gallery of recent projects and dream a little!