5 point siding inspection checklist. Do you need new siding?

It can be hard to know when to replace the siding on your home.  The siding is like the skin that keeps everything in tact and looking great (hopefully). Richmond siding does eventually wear out, cracks, warps, breaks and takes a beating from our weather elements including rain, wind and sun.
But how do you know if your home is in need of brand new siding?  Here are 5 points your should investigate and inspect in order to make an informed decision on your home.

1.   Rotting and/or warped siding
Start by visually inspecting your siding, look from the group all the way up to the roof!  Did you see rot and warp?  If you have older hardboard siding, you probably do, and this type of siding is prevalent in many areas.  Next do the poke test. Grab your screw driver and poke your siding to see if it is soft, just like the Dentist checking if you need a filling!

If your siding is rotting and/or warping, it may be time for replacement!

2.  Painting
If a home needs frequent painting, say once every 3 – 5 years, that is a good sign that something is wrong with the current siding.   Siding in good condition should keep its shape and keep its color for many years.

Siding that is not retaining paint may need to be replaced!

3.  Loose or cracked pieces
Visually inspect all sides on your home and look for loose and cracked pieces, pieces hanging by a nail (literally).  If you have just a few pieces hanging, then it can likely be fixed, but if you have a number of loose or cracked pieces…

It is time for replacement!

4.  Moisture
Everyone hates seeing moisture, mold & mildew and so does your siding.  Typical spots that collect moisture are your seams and the beaded areas.  If you have powered washed your home, you know what I am talking about because these areas take longer to clean. If your siding has a large amount of obvious moisture you will want to inspect closely and it may be…

Time for replacement!

5.  Color
Is your home fading?  Lost it’s original brilliant and clear color scheme?  All siding comes with a color expectancy rating so if your siding is older, it may lose its color.  If you have aluminum siding, it may become chalky and vinyl fades eventually.  If you want to return your home siding to it’s original glory…
It may be time for replacement!
How did your home do?

If you have rot, moisture, lack of color or loose pieces now may be the time to get it replaced.  It does make a huge impact on your home and overall curb appeal.

For any other tips on how to make your home remodeling a breeze, Classic Construction is available for all your Richmond remodeling services. To learn more, give us a call at 804-776-5070 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

Author: Classic Construction

Established in 2001, Classic Construction has since become one of the leading Richmond remodeling companies. With decades in the home improvement industry, Brian Holder, company president, is intimately involved with every project and works with our vendors and installation crews to ensure every job runs smoothly and meets our high standards of quality and customer satisfaction.

8 Point Checklist for hiring a contractor

Everyone knows a contractor, but not every contractor is right for the work on your home.

Licensure and insurance are a must. If the contractors are not properly set-up with general liability insurance or do not want to provide information for your W-9 reporting to the IRS, I would recommend you keep looking for another contractor.

Decisions for your investment property improvement projects should be with intention and diligence.  Although it can be a bit tempting to hire a company with the lowest bid, it would be smarter to hire someone who does the job right, and meets all of your expectations.


Where Do I Begin?

Here are easy tips on how you can improve your chances of selecting a credible contractor the first time.


Your 8-Point Hiring Checklist

1. License: Make sure your potential home contractors are licensed and insured. Call your local state business licensing board to verify current licensure and ask about any complaints that have been issued to your potential home contractors. Also be sure to request a copy of both the license and insurance as part of your investigation.

Contractors are licensed as a Class A, Class B, or Class C, and then there are also trade licenses, specifically for HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing.

Here are the classifications:

Class A: Work on a single contract up to $120,000 or multiple contracts up to $75,000
Class B: Work on a single contract up to $7,500 or multiples up to $120,000
Class C: Work on single contact up to $1,000 or multiples up to $7,500
2. References: Talk to some of your contractor’s previous clients and references. There is no better way to evaluate potential contractors than by talking to their previous customers or checking out the finished work itself. If you get the chance to view some of the work that the company has done, don’t miss it. Ask the references specific questions regarding communication, project time-line, surprises, budget, etc.
3. Insurance: An absolute requirement for every contractor is a General Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance. If a contractor doesn’t have insurance, you could be the one held liable for any accident that can happen under construction premises while work is going on. Get a copy of the contractor’s insurance certificate from their provider before starting any project. Make sure the information is current.
4. Complaints: Search for contractor reviews and complaints online. Run your own background check on these contractors by searching for reviews and complaints from your potential contractions online. You can check out the Better Business Bureau site or other sites such as  Angie’s List.
5. Contract:  Sign a contract that will protect the interests of both parties. Specify the tasks that need to be completed,  its cost, and the payment dates. Don’t forget to be specific with the details.

The scope of work should include that they are responsible for any issues that may occur during the renovation. Residential renovation bids are often poorly documented with a lot of issues being overlooked, poorly defined, or left out. Include in the agreement the pricing, draws for payments, insurance requirements, and timeline for completion.

6. Permits: You should ask your contractors specifically about how they plan to handle necessary permits for the job. If they absolutely refuse to pull permits, consider this a red-flag.
7. Change orders: Be aware of how change orders work. Construction projects can sometimes encounter unexpected conditions. These are conditions that may alter the original construction plan and are left inherent during the bid. Make sure the “change of order” process is clearly defined.
8. Deposit: All contractors will want to have some funds up-front. Be sure that the construction draw process is clearly documented in the contract to avoid future misunderstandings. Be careful of contractors who request all their money up-front.
9. Schedule: Speed of construction is a major consideration. Be sure to clearly define the start date and expected completion date in the contract. Your holding costs on your investment will skyrocket if the construction takes forever to complete.

It’s Not About the Lowest Bid

N The best contractor value consists of a combination of quality labor and materials, ability to clearly communicate, complete the job on-time and price. When searching for a great contractor, you want to find that balance.

Be sure you find a contractor who will be on your team and have your best interest as his primary objective. Keep in mind that you are providing the contractor with a large contract and entrusting him to do a great job and complete it on-time with minimal hassles.

Contact Classic Construction today for your free quote at https://classicconstructionext.com
We are fully insured and properly licensed.  We have tons of happy customers throughout the Richmond metro area!

Author: Classic Construction

Established in 2001, Classic Construction has since become one of the leading Richmond remodeling companies. With decades in the home improvement industry, Brian Holder, company president, is intimately involved with every project and works with our vendors and installation crews to ensure every job runs smoothly and meets our high standards of quality and customer satisfaction.


Carol B.

When you advertise that you do “quality workmanship,” you underestimate what you really do. Your company has just finished vinyl siding our house, doing replacement windows, and new gutters. It is beautiful and looks like it should be on one of your advertisements. Yes, everything about our house shows “quality workmanship,” but there is something special we feel about the job. Mark, who supervised the job, with the help of Jay and other workers showed us something we had not seen in years from the “service industry.” They were so polite, respectful of us, wanted to please us in every way, gave us some advice about our front door, and in every way exceeded our expectations. They arrived on time, worked diligently, had a good attitude (and that was in 13 degree weather with snow on the ground), cleaned up the yard at the end of the day, and were so pleasing to have around. I can honestly say, I missed them when the weather prevented them from working. It was a joy to share my day with them. Please give our name to any prospective customers you might have, as we would like to share with them the good news about Classic Construction Exteriors, and the crew headed by Mark and Jay. This has been the most positive experience we have had in a long time.


Dorothy S.

Just a note to thank you and your crew for such a nice job on my house. I am very pleased. Thanks again.


Amy B.

I feel so fortunate to have found you to redo my porch. It is exactly what I was dreaming of doing one day and now that day is here! It will make many hours of grading papers much more pleasant! Thank you for your kind, professional, and attentive service.