Did you know that roof siding, also called wall cladding or siding for short, can last from 25 to over 100 years? That difference is primarily due to materials. For example, aluminum has a life span of 25 to 40+ years, vinyl has 60 years, and fiber cement has 100+ years.
Material aside, maintenance is another chief factor that affects siding lifespan. Without proper upkeep (e.g., re-treating, washing, or repainting), you may have to replace it sooner.
Fortunately, that’s a job many expert roofers specialize in.
This guide shares tips on choosing the best roofing company to install your new siding, so read on.
Choose a Certified Roof Siding Contractor
Consider hiring a siding contractor with the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation. It’s a certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It certifies the contractor has mastered sustainable home building and design practices.
A CGP contractor can help you choose the most sustainable home siding materials. These include metal, wood, recycled wood, and recycled composite wood, to name a few.
If you plan to hire a roofing company to install vinyl siding, pick one with a VSI certification. VSI stands for the Vinyl Siding Institute. VSI certification proves installers’ skills, knowledge, and experience in proper vinyl siding installation.
The certifications above are voluntary for contractors. But there’s one that EPA requires some contractors to have. This is for contractors covered by the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.
That rule applies to houses built before 1978, which may contain lead materials. If this is true for your home, its walls or paint might have lead. In this case, you must hire a siding contractor certified under the above rule.
Ensure the Contractor Offers Free Assessments
A reputable roofing company offers free siding assessments.
A siding assessment is a thorough inspection of your existing siding and walls. Through this, the contractor can confirm the extent of siding or wall damage. The pro can then determine if they can still fix your existing siding or if they need to replace it altogether.
During this time, the contractor also gives you a detailed cost itemization. Then, they’ll explain each item and your project’s total cost.
Try negotiating, as this can help lower your final bill.
Hire a Company Offering Warranties
If you hire a reputable contractor, you should get two warranties for your new siding. One is the manufacturer warranty; the other is a contractor warranty.
A manufacturer warranty comes from the siding manufacturer itself. It’s usually a 50-year guarantee against defects in the product and its materials.
A contractor warranty comes from your chosen siding contractor. It guarantees the quality and craftsmanship of their siding installation. It usually lasts a year, but some may offer longer terms, while others don’t even offer it at all.
Hire the Best Siding Contractor Today
Please hire a certified contractor to install, fix, or replace roof siding. This is especially crucial if your home is part of the over 50% of U.S. houses built before 1978. After all, such homes likely contain lead, which only certified contractors should handle.
Lastly, ensure you hire a contractor who backs up their products and services with a warranty.
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