The Perfect Contractor Part 1: Qualities to Look For
In the real world of home improvement, the perfect contractor doesn’t exist. But if you know the right qualities to look for, you can find the one that best fits the job at hand.
In the first part of this blog series, Vinylume sheds light on criteria for choosing a roofing, siding or window contractor.
The biggest difference between 5-year-old and 50-year-old companies isn’t experience; it’s stability. In a “high-turnover” industry like home improvement, you should choose a contractor that has managed to stay in business for a long time. After all, your product and workmanship warranties would generally turn into worthless pieces of paper if your contractor bites the dust. There’s foretelling the future, but seasoned companies are less likely to go out of business than their younger rivals.
Plus, longevity is tantamount to reputation. No company could remain relevant and profitable for decades, or even generations, without having solid community standing.
Choose a home improvement contractor with proven technical expertise. All companies market themselves as qualified, but pay attention to what brands say about them. Size up window, siding and roofing contractors based on the manufacturer certifications they have. Getting certified by at least one brand or esteemed body means meeting exacting requirements and demonstrating excellence in all areas of business.
In roofing, the GAF Master Elite™ contractor program is well-regarded as CertainTeed’s Master Craftsman program is in siding. When it comes to window replacement, representing Renewal by Andersen® exclusively is a coveted honor.
How do you quantify contractor integrity? Two ways: the Better Business Bureau rating and Angie’s List Super Service Award. The former reflects the opinion of the BBB of how well the company interacts with customers, especially when it comes to solving disputes. On the other hand, the latter recognizes contractors that rank high in customer service voted on their previous clients.
Hiring a local company has many practical benefits. The contractor’s deep knowledge of the area’s weather and familiarity with building codes help ensure the success of your project.
Furthermore, local roofers as well as siding and window contractors are easily available when you need to get your home serviced. You can’t always expect to schedule a visit ASAP with a company that’s headquartered in a faraway location.
Stay tuned for the second part of our special blog. To set your FREE consultation with Vinylume in Stamford, CT, and discuss your project in detail with no obligations required, call (866) 244-8029 today.