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5 Common Questions About Winter Siding

1.  Is it too cold to install siding during the winter?
Not at all. We have lived and worked in Minnesota all our lives, so we are familiar with weather conditions. We’ve adapted some of our work processes to the cold and snow that we know are part of job. Premium products such as James Hardie or LP SmartSide have no issues installing in freezing temperatures. It does not affect the integrity of the product.

 

2.  Does it cost more to install siding during the winter?
Just the opposite! Because our schedule is lighter from January through March, we often offer discounts on installations during that period. In addition, siding in winter makes it easier for us to work around landscaping in your yard. You could end up saving quite a bit of money!

 

3.  In order to receive a winter discount, when would my siding need to be installed?
Winter discounts begin in early January. Work must be completed by March 31.

 

4.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of a winter siding installation?
Advantages:

  • Save money on installation
  • Lower home heating costs, starting immediately
  • Easier to work around landscaping without doing any damage
  • You’ll have a beautiful “new” home in the spring!

 Disadvantages:

  • There may be minor delays if weather conditions are excessively harsh
  • Vinyl siding may be brittle and crack when cutting or installing.
  • Extra Cleanup may be required in the spring.

 

5.  What are some common concerns people have about winter installations?

  • Will my home freeze during the installation?  No. Siding is generally installed over the existing exterior of the home, so the winter winds will not be howling through open walls!
  • Will the freezing temperatures compromise the integrity of the siding in any way?  No, if there were any chance of that we wouldn’t do it.  The only types of winter construction that are affected are concrete/masonry work and certain roof installations.  We would not do any work one your home unless the weather is compatible.

 

 

We have completed hundreds of winter installations over the years and never had a problem.  Everybody wins:  we keep busy and our customers save money.

8 Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Every year as damaging storms effect the Minnesota region, it happens like this: Waves of out of town, fly by night contractors come in; door knockers, hangers, yard signs, telephone calls! Who do you pick?! Well we hope you choose Crosstown Construction to take care of your needs. Here are some tips for hiring a roofing contractor.

  1. Hire a local contractor in your state or region. This will help ensure the company is able to respond effectively to any future needs regarding the installation.
  2. Make sure they are licensed and insured.
  3. Are they reputable? Do a quick search for reviews or feedback. If you can’t find any, that could be a red flag.
  4. Ask for a copy of their certificate of insurance that should cover general liability and worker’s compensation.  If they cannot provide it, they may not have it and you could be liable if someone is injured while fixing your roof.
  5. Stay calm and think through your decision. Traveling contractor’s often may use fear and anxiety to their advantage, and this is when mistakes can be made in the contracting process leaving you with less than you thought you were receiving.
  6. If it is a repair get a Not-To-Exceed price before they start. If you can get a firm estimate or quote before, even better! You want a written price, so you have no surprises following the completion of the work.
  7. Payment Plan In Writing! Many contractors require a 50% down payment and 50% when the job is complete. Do not stray away from the payment plan! Hold them accountable before paying!
  8. Do they guarantee their work? Read your warranty.  Ensure the warranty is protective and actionable.