Finding experienced Philadelphia siding contractors


Of brotherly love and good warranties: Philadelphia siding contractors

Philadelphia is one of the America's oldest cities. It makes sense, then, that the City of Brotherly Love should have one of the nation's most interesting mixes of architecture. From the Colonial Georgian homes of the Revolution to the Classic and Gothic Revivals leading into the 19th century, Philadelphia boasts a bounty of classical buildings. Modern structures built by Louis Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright lend modern prestige. From the renovation of row houses downtown to the ongoing maintenance of post-World War II and later suburban homes, vinyl siding provides durability and beauty in a wide variety of styles and colors.

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Philadelphia's climate is moderate, with few extremes of either heat or cold. The city does experience occasional summer heat waves and winter snow, with high winds during the winter months. Vinyl siding stands up well to all of these weather conditions, while preventing insect infestation. Installing vinyl siding in Philadelphia can protect and beautify your home. Today's product resists fading and provides an almost infinite range of choices in style, texture and color. Vinyl siding is durable and virtually maintenance-free, as well as being more economical than other siding alternatives, both in initial cost and long-term investment.

Costs range from $3 to $7 per linear foot, plus installation and trim. By choosing a better-quality grade of vinyl siding, you pay a little more, but may also experience the greater peace of mind provided by lifetime warranties that transfer (with some limitations).

Philadelphia siding contractors

Pennsylvania does not license siding contractors, so it is important to do your homework when selecting a contractor. Here are some tips for choosing among the many Philadelphia siding contractors available:

  1. Get a referral from someone you trust who has had vinyl siding installed, such as a relative, friend or neighbor.
  2. Choose a contractor who is authorized by a reputable manufacturer, such as CertainTeed, Owens-Corning or Variform. Give preference to contractors who are certified by a trade organization like the Vinyl Siding Institute.
  3. Get at least three bids from contractors who represent different manufacturers. In addition to those noted above consider Associated Materials Inc., Crane Performance Siding and Resource Materials Inc.
  4. Choose a manufacturer with a good track record and strong warranty.
  5. Verify your contractor's credentials and insurance. Check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
  6. Review the contract to make sure it includes all costs and payment terms, start and end dates, warranties and change order policies. Have your attorney review the contract, if you have any questions.

If you have followed all the steps above, you should find yourself happy with the outcome of choosing vinyl siding for your Philadelphia home.

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