I live in central Virginia. My house currently has 18 year old
masonite siding that hasn't been taken very good care of. Needless to
say it rotting and it's time to replace it. We've decided on vinyl
siding for all the normal reasons (low maintenance etc) and are
currently looking for quotes. I called Sears, got an estimate, and
almost died when I saw the numbers.
He estimated 2200 sq ft so adjusting for cutting and waste that's
about 25 squares. We would also need all the window/door trim, soffets
etc. No gutters though. He estimated $17,000 for their lowest quality
vinyl. We were expecting 5 or 6 thousand. Could that possibly be
correct?! We haven't gotten any other estimates yet, but if they are
all going to be in that range we're going to have to start thinking
about other options.
I was wondering, too, if anyone had any tips on picking a local
contractor if we decide to go with someone from our area instead. What
are good things to look for? I've also heard of people buying their
own siding from the manufacturer and then hiring a contractor to
install it. Is the savings from that worth the hassle?
Thanks for any help, it's very much appreciated.
Get bids , go look at their work . Anybody good should have 20 - 50
refrences. Go to your court house to check if they have any cases
If I had checked court records I wouldnt have hired my last contractor,
I am now one of 20 trying to collect.
Look in the yellow pages under vinyl siding and call 3 or 4 companies to
give you a quote. Maybe even a home improvement type contractor. Drive
around and find a house that has been done recently and ask them.
I got a quote on my house last year (2300 sq ft, single story) that included
all of the soffits, doors windows, everything but the gutters and downspouts
for $8200. They are the best (and most expensive) in the area and I just had
them come out to get an idea of what it WOULD cost. I'm sure there are
several other contractors out there that can do the same quality work using
the same brand of siding for even less than that.
You have to remember: When you call Sears, they are just the middle man.
They sub contract someone to do the work for them. Someone that YOU could
call without going through Sears.....
however.... if you call sears, sears is gonna be around in 10-20 years if
you have a problem with it.
im not saying sears is the way to go, just something to think about. 'tim
and jim's siding' may not be around to honor that warranty no matter how
good they are. sears probably will.
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I had vinyl siding put on my house about 10 years ago. The contractor
warrantees the installation for only so many years. I have a signed
warranty paper from the manufacture of the vinyl.
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Once again we hit the same thing as on A/C units. The company or person
doing the installation matters a heck of a lot more than what they are
installing. We had vinyl siding put up over 8 years ago. It still looks
great and has absolutely no defects. Our neighbor had some other company
install his vinyl and every other storm the poor guy has to get up on a
ladder to reinstall some part of the siding.
Just a word of caution. Your masonite lasted 18 years. Expect the
vinyl to last 8 years at best. The stuff is crap, to put it nicely.
If you're gonna spend the money, get something that will last another
18 or more, such as aluminum or steel. Vinyl is plastic, and it
deteriorates from sunlight, cracks in the winter from cold, and warps
from heat. I suggest you go to a building supply store and price the
materials. Then either DIY or maybe they have a contractor,
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