Before you conduct your first web search for a siding contractor, you need to have a good idea of what it is you need. Are you looking for a siding upgrade? Or, do you have some siding that is damaged and needs repairing? Or, maybe what you’re looking for is to have some areas repaired and a fresh coat of paint. Believe it or not, your answers to these questions will lead you down different paths—with dramatically different price points.
Check to see if you have any underlying issues like dry rot. Many times you won’t be able to tell if you have dry rot until a dry rot specialist inspects your home; however, signs of rot include:
- You Easily Penetrate Wood Surfaces with a Screwdriver
- Cracked or Peeling Paint Around Windows, Doors, and Trim
- You Notice Wood Beginning to Shrink, Darken, or Crack
If your contractor discovers dry rot during the siding “take-off” process, remediation is required before your house gets new siding. It’s something you can’t cover-up, and a licensed contractor could lose his or her license for doing it. That said, the new siding contract you signed didn’t cover dry rot, and if it did, it probably indicated that those repairs require a change order. Your siding project just became a lot more expensive, and your contractor will likely have to bring in an expert, like SFW Construction, to remediate the dry rot.