No one should hire a contractor without researching into their work. Today, there is absolutely no reason a customer should be “taken” by someone who is unscrupulous and who runs away with their money. In the first place, each customer should understand that they only give money to the contractor as the work is being completed. Many contractors have put lists up on their websites showing people exactly what they should ask before doing any hiring.

Think about it this way. If a roof is guaranteed to last for up to 25 years, and the year is 2016, that homeowner will know that in 2041 they can expect to replace the roof. Since siding installation and new roofs are two of the most expensive exterior improvements a homeowner will be making, they need to know the best roofing and siding company in the area. If they don’t, they need to get information from neighbors, friends, family, by researching online, and by reviewing the questions contractors have put on their own sites.

If a contractor says they carry liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, proper warranties and a license, they should be able to show proof of them all without being intimidated by their customer. Considering the large amount of money siding installation costs, every homeowner needs to protect themselves because they won’t have to spend this amount for another 25 years, if the job is done right.

Any contractor worth his salt will tell customers not to pay for the entire job at once, since this has left many homeowners out in the cold, with the siding not installed and the money gone.

There are many up and up contractors happy to show credentials; their Better Business Bureau accreditation; testimonials from other homeowners, and photos of work they’ve done.

Questions should be asked about the type of material that will be used in the siding, or the shingles of a roof. The key to obtaining a wonderful roof or siding is in communicating with the contractor.

Any contractor who cares about their customer will want to make sure the job is done right, and to their specifications. This makes for a happy homeowner whose proud of the work, and happy with the contractor for a job well done.