- By: Branden Hubbard
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Home Construction: The Importance of Research
With countless choices available, it can be overwhelming to decide what materials to use when renovating your home’s exterior. You may want to consider the final vision of your home’s aesthetic quality or you may be looking for something that can last through our long, cold winters. Whatever the case, how can you be sure that you’re using quality material that will stand the test of time? While look at durability may be at the top of the list of qualifications, few homeowners think to research each product and take a look at the guarantees provided by each manufacturer. Here are some things to consider.
Start with the Basics
The first step, of course, is to decide what it is you want. If you have your heart set on vinyl siding, read up on everything you need to know about vinyl siding. You may also want to look at what your homeowner’s association recommends or what other homes have been using in your neighborhood.
You want to know what the material can do for your home. Does it provide specific protection against storm damage? Does it help with energy usage in the home? Does it maintain the look you want for your home’s exterior? And this is not just the case with siding, but you’ll need to go through the same exercise when looking at your roofing or other building solutions.
Talk to Other Homeowners
Next, you should know that you don’t have to do this alone. Talk with your friends and neighbors about what they used, how they feel about it, and whether they would recommend the products in the future. The more perspectives you get on any given material, the more informed you will be when making your own decision.
You want to get multiple perspectives. Don’t just talk with people who are happy with the product. Find out information from those who are unhappy with the final result. Learn why. Is it because of the material itself or because of the way it was installed? Or was it because they had differing expectations?
Rely on Experts
You should also talk to experts regarding the materials you want to use for your siding or roofing. Local contractors work with a number of suppliers and material manufacturers and can provide good, insider information on the product, the installation, and the long term use of the material.
It’s okay to get more than one opinion from a home exterior expert as well. Unless you have already worked with a trusted contractor, speak to a couple of different companies about what you’re looking for and take their advice into account when making a decision on both the materials and who to hire to complete the project.
Read the Fine Print
Finally, you want to make sure you’re reading all of the warranty material on any product you’re considering using. This information is typically available through the manufacturer and can even be found online in many cases. Reading this before you make a decision could save you years of headaches in the long run.
The truth is, if you’re not familiar with the manufacturer’s terms and conditions, no amount of frustration can get you the outcome you want if you find yourself unhappy with the product or project in the future. The more you know, the better your overall experience will be.
To learn more about the best products and warranty information for materials we use here in Minneapolis, contact Core Exteriors today.