I'm getting estimates for windows and siding for my 50+ year old
house. I was hoping to find a general contractor, who could also take
care of some other minor carpentry things, but they only seem to want
to do gut-and-remodel and add-a-level jobs these days. The job
involves windows, siding, and since I am having windows in tile tub
surrounds replaced with more appropriate windows, some finish work in
the tub surrounds -- to the extent of putting the appropriate
backerboard on...I will do the tiling.
I spoke with a company I found through one of the referral/portal
sites. They are in the next state from me, but close by.
They sell exclusively Alside products.
The sales rep showed me the Alside siding, and what the differences
are from cheapo siding. Same deal with the windows. The line he
showed me was the Excalibur line. The siding looked good, but what do
I know? The backer board is 1/2", with a 3.8 R-value.
I have Andersen tilt-wash windows upstairs, and was hoping to get them
put in the rest of the house, but I'll be damned if I can find a
contractor who does windows and/or siding and will do new construction
windows like that. It seems that if you can't get a GC, you can't get
these windows installed.
I don't have any de facto OBJECTION to vinyl replacement windows, but
I've heard they leak, crack, are no good after 5 years, etc. I only
want to do this ONCE and forget about it. So what's the deal with
these windows? This company quoted me just over $400 each, installed,
including trim work.
The company has been in business just over 3 years. They use their
own contractors and also "freelancers" -- but not day laborers. They
showed me the liability insurance certificate and said they have
workman's comp as well and would show me that if I decide to do
business with them. I have 3 references but one of them is the rep's
I know the rule of thumb is to do business with companies that have
been in business 5 years or more, but would this outfit be a huge
risk? The prices seem to be fair, and within the budget that I
estimated based on talking to other people who have had similar work