6 cost questions to ask your vinyl siding contractor

When you are choosing vinyl siding for your home, it makes sense to keep an eye on the bottom line. By asking your vinyl siding contractor a few key questions, you can help ensure that you know exactly what you are paying for when you embark on the project.

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Questions to ask your vinyl siding contractor

Understanding what you are getting in your vinyl siding can help you make the most of your investment. If you are concerned about your budget, ask your contractor if some of these costs can be reduced.

  1. How thick is the siding? Most vinyl siding is between .035 and .055 inches thick. Premium brands are usually thicker and cost more than thinner siding. Thin siding has a greater tendency to sag, crack, or tear away from the house in high wind.
  2. Is the siding insulated? Not all vinyl siding is insulated. Insulated siding is often considered a premium product and costs more, though in the end it helps lower your energy bills.
  3. Are permits required? Some communities require permits before making changes to the exterior of your home. This is especially true in designated historic communities. If permits are required, make sure they are included in the estimate.
  4. What is the cost to remove old siding? Removal of old siding can run anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, depending upon the size of your home. The removal estimate should include dumpster rental, if necessary, and proper disposal.
  5. What about trim, molding, and soffits? Most vinyl siding contractors will include all of these little details in their estimate, but it pays to be sure. If the estimate is not clear, ask to be certain that the cost of the "little things" is included.
  6. What kind of warranty is offered? There should be two warranties, one on the siding and one on the installation. Ask your contractor what the warranty covers, how long it lasts, and any caveats you should know about.

You cannot assume that all contractors bid their contracts the same way. By asking the right questions, you can assure that you know exactly what you are getting.

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