Minnesotans are a sturdy, industrious bunch, aren’t we? The do-it-yourself drive runs strong here in the Northland, especially when it comes to home maintenance, repairs, and improvements. After all, our region gave birth to those regional chain stores like Menards and Lamperts, and the national big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s seem to be everywhere. Do-it-yourself can be a great thing (when you know what you’re doing), but it doesn’t usually work with installing or replacing siding on a home. That’s a job best left to a professional Minnesota siding installation contractor.
For some reason the do-it-yourself activity seems to get an upsurge about this time of year. Maybe it’s all the money that was spent over the holidays that’s got folks feeling like they should try to save some by tackling things themselves. Or maybe it’s being indoors more that drives people to look for outlets for their energy. Perhaps a New Year’s resolution is to be more self-reliant. All good reasons for doing SOME things yourself – just not siding. In a recent post we began our discussion of why siding installation should be left to a pro. The first two reasons have to do with getting the right siding for your home as well as making sure all necessary steps and paperwork get covered.
In this article we’ll give you some additional reasons to hire a siding contractor instead of trying to tackle that project yourself on the weekend with your friends. (We hear it’s often a great way to ruin a friendship, by the way…)
Why Siding Installation Should Not Be a DIY Project
A Siding Contractor Has the Right Tools and Knowledge
Like any reputable siding installation company, we have all of the tools needed to remove the old siding and install the new. Different types of siding require different tools for the work to be done properly, and many homeowners just don’t have the right ones. So that means either buying tools or renting them – an additional expense.
Not only that, but we understand the ins and outs that come from siding a home. When something goes wrong, we can quickly remedy the situation so that it can be fixed with ease. We have the training and background to handle all of these aspects. And we’ve been installing these siding products for years, so we have the training direct from the manufacturer on how it should be done. Plus the hundreds of siding projects we’ve done in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area have given us insight into how things can be done better as well as more efficiently.
The Siding Materials Will Cost a Contractor Less
Unless you’ve got a relative that owns a siding manufacturing company that will sell you the siding at cost, chances are we will pay less for the materials than you will. Siding contractors generally have accounts with suppliers that allow them to buy at wholesale; homeowners pay retail, and there’s a substantial difference in cost, even when that siding is on sale. The same holds true of the other building materials needed for the project.
We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured
We are a licensed, bonded and insured company so you never have to worry about not being covered in case accidents happen. Not only that, but you won’t worry about voiding your homeowner’s insurance policy or the siding warranty. And then there’s the issue of what happens if you get hurt. Our crews are covered by worker’s compensation; homeowners will foot the bill themselves for medical expenses and lost time from work.
Have the Most Coverage
When it comes to hiring a professional, they have the coverage that is needed to protect not only the warranty on your home but also on the siding that is being placed on the side of your home. When you do not have a professional do this, it may void the warranty. Manufacturers have specific requirements for the installation process in order for the warranty to be valid. And with our company you also get our own workmanship warranty.
Speak with us here at Window Outfitters. We provide many siding brands to choose from such as LPSmartSide, Versetta Stone, CraneBoard vinyl siding from Exterior Portfolio, and James Hardie fiber cement siding. We are a professional Minnesota siding installation company, and in addition to the greater Twin Cities metro area, we also serve outlying communities like Fairbault and Rosemount.