What to Look for in a Commercial Siding Contractor

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Commercial Siding

When you have commercial siding needs, you need a contractor who does high-quality work at an affordable price. Siding replacement is one of the biggest investments you can make in your business or investment property, so the work needs to be done right the first time. If you need siding replacement, look for the following while searching for commercial siding contractors in your area:

  1. Required Licenses Almost all states require commercial siding contractors to have some type of license. Before hiring a contractor, make sure the company has a valid license in good standing. Verify the information by checking with the licensing agency for your state or county. If the contractor has any complaints on record, make sure those complaints have been resolved in a satisfactory manner.
  2. Insurance Coverage Commercial siding contractors should carry two types of insurance coverage: workers’ compensation insurance and liability insurance. If one of the contractor’s employees is injured while working on your property, workers’ compensation insurance covers the employee’s medical expenses. Some contractors do not purchase the required insurance because it is expensive, and they feel it is better to take their chances. If your contractor does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may be responsible for paying for any injuries that occur on your property. Liability insurance covers damage to your property. It is important to hire a contractor with liability insurance in case something happens to your home during the siding replacement process. If a contractor says he has liability insurance, ask to see the insurance certificate to verify that the coverage is current.
  3. Established History Look for commercial siding contractors that have a history of doing excellent work in your area. Avoid hiring a contractor that has only been in business for a few months, as it is difficult to determine if a new siding contractor has the skills and experience necessary to replace your siding properly.
  4. References An experienced siding contractor should be able to provide references from past clients. If you contact one of these clients, ask some of the following questions to determine if the contractor is right for your siding project:
  • Are they satisfied with the work performed by the contractor?
  • Did the contractor complete the work on time?
  • Did the contractor go over budget when doing a siding replacement?
  • Did the contractors show up on time for work each day?
  • Was it easy to work with the contractor?
  • Were there any problems with the contractor?

You should also ask the contractor to provide pictures of past projects. Although some siding problems are not immediately visible, you should be able to tell if the contractor did a good job on each siding replacement.

  1. Communication Skills Make sure it is easy to communicate with the contractor. Contractors should be willing to answer your questions and provide the information you need to make an informed decision about your siding installation.
  2. Enthusiasm for the Work You don’t want to work with a contractor who does not really want to do your siding job. When you talk to commercial siding contractors, listen to how they talk about past projects. Do they sound enthusiastic about picking out siding materials and doing the installation? If not, you may want to pick a contractor who is more enthusiastic about siding installation.
  3. Trained Employees or Subcontractors Ask the commercial siding contractor if his employees or subcontractors have the training, they need to do high-quality work. A lack of training increases the risk of injuries and makes it more likely that your siding will fail prematurely. The contractor you choose should have skilled employees or subcontractors available to do all the work on your siding.
  4. Written Contract No matter how much you like a contractor, don’t start your siding project without getting a written contract. A contract protects both parties and reduces the financial risk of making such a big investment. Your contract should cover the following:
  • Full name and contact information for the contractor
  • Complete description of the work to be performed
  • Price breakdown for materials and labor
  • Work schedule
  1. Positive Reputation Talk with commercial siding contractors who have a positive reputation in your community. If none of your friends or family members can give you a personal referral, read an online review or check with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List to make sure the company has a good reputation.
  2. Work Plan Before a contractor does any work on your project, ask for a work plan. This plan lists all the materials to be used for your siding project, the anticipated start date of the project, the estimated completion date, and other details about your siding project, including a follow-up appointment to ensure satisfaction.

Since 2001, Straightline Exteriors has provided superior commercial contracting services to SW Washington and Portland Metropolitan Areas.  With over 30 years of combined experience, this locally owned and operated company is dedicated to the protection and beautification of commercial properties in the NW.

Our project consultants oversee each job from the sale to the material ordering, installation and follow up after the job is complete. Our experienced team of design specialists help you to create a mix of beauty and functionality to achieve exactly what you are looking for.  It’s our mission to make every builder, property manager or developer feel like they’re our only customer from the day you sign with us until the day the job is done.

Straightline Exteriors uses premier commercial siding products from companies such as James Hardie and Nichiha Siding to ensure longevity and unparalleled warranty, designed to withstand the climate of the Northwest.  Not only does your new siding for your business require high-quality materials, but you also need a siding contractor that can install it correctly.  When we give a free estimate on your siding project, we look at aesthetic wants, climate needs, how long you’re planning to own the property as well as your budget. With our selection of siding products, we’re sure to fit you with a high-quality product, at a reasonable price.

Our siding products offer a minimum of a 30-year warranty. Our trims offer a minimum 15-year warranty. Additionally, we offer an unmatched 7-year full craftsmanship warranty because we do not use subcontractors, but instead, use in-house employees for all our installations.  Along with all our products, we offer the option of wrapping your property an insulated blanket of polystyrene before installation of your siding of choice.




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