Buying Vinyl Siding

Buying vinyl siding doesn’t have to be difficult. Vinyl siding is a practical and economical material that can be quickly and cleanly applied. It also provides an ecological alternative in times when reducing energy costs is critical. The following top 10 suggestions can help you cover many issues when buying vinyl siding.

“If you decide on a professional installation with a store, contractor or individual, get at least three estimates and be sure to obtain a written and signed guarantee on all proposals.”

10 Sensible Steps To Buying Vinyl Siding

Use The Internet For Research
Get detailed information on the pros and cons of buying vinyl siding. You can check out discussion threads where people either praise or condemn the product and/or work done on their home. Remember that some are venting anger and possibly exaggerating experiences.

Measure Correctly
Make sure you know what parts of your home will be covered and take exact measurements if possible. A rough drawing and outside linear measurements work. Ask an expert if you have any doubts. Read more on how to measure siding.




Internet Part 2
There are websites that help estimate material cost. Many websites ask where you live and gather specific data. They’ll provide an estimate of the total cost without creating any firm obligation.

Home Improvement Stores
In stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot, salespeople are courteous and have samples on hand. They can furnish prices, brochures, and even start in on a quote using your prepared data. Be upfront and let them know you’re looking for competitive bids.

Independent Contractors
The Better Business Bureau plus word-of-mouth from friends and coworkers can help locate candidates to bid on all or part of the project. Learn how to select the best vinyl siding contractors.

Do it Yourself
Be sure you understand the steps involved. There are Internet-based videos that can show you how experts buy and install vinyl siding. Please understand that seeing and doing can be poles apart. Most videos don’t show is the amount of preparation involved before doing the actual work.

DIY Tips
If you have the time and are determined to do it yourself, it can be productive to find a construction site where vinyl siding is being applied. You can observe and even ask questions. If it looks doable then go for it. Otherwise consider hiring a professional.

Go Pro
If you decide on a professional installation with a store, contractor or individual, get at least three estimates and be sure to obtain a written and signed guarantee on all proposals.

Caveat
When buying vinyl siding separately, be aware of shipping charges and point of delivery details. Try to avoid any unexpected surprises.

Keep Yout Receipts
Keep strict records. You don’t have to be an accountant but at least save all the invoices, receipts and packing slips connected with your project. This is especially true if you are siding a second home because all costs are tax deductible.