HOW TO CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR?
The most critical factor in having a successful contracting project is selecting the right contractor.
We understand that homeowner’s have a variety of concerns when seeking out a company to work with.
There are six questions that you will want to ask every contractor that you meet with.
1. What is the full name and address of the company?
If the contractor does not have a permanent place of business, you cannot be confident that he will complete the work. Only select a contractor who is financially committed to the business. David Ogle Construction LLC located at 3774 Mt. Pleasant Rd NE. Dalton, GA 30721
2. Does the company carry insurance and is the coverage adequate?
Any contractor that you are considering should be able to provide you with Insurance Certificates for Liability and Worker’s Compensation. You may want to call their insurance companies to confirm that they are indeed covered. Most homeowner policies do not cover injuries of contractors and their employees. We carry general liability and workers compensation and we will gladly supply you with copies of certificates as proof. You are even welcome to contact our agent to verify coverage if you would like.
3. Is the company a licensed Business?
Georgia and Tennessee do not require that siding & window contractors carry a contractors’ license. One measure of the reliability of a contractor is their membership to trade associations. Memberships are an indication of dedication and ties to the industry. We carry a Georgia state business license and are members of the Better Business Bureau, Home Builders Association and David Ogle is VSI Certified Installer and Certified as a Certainteed 5 Star Contractor.
4. How long has the contractor been in business?
Contractors that have been in the business for less than 5-years must be approached with extra caution. Most businesses will close within the first 5-years of opening. A contractor that has been in business for more than 5-years will have more experience and has demonstrated a dedication to the industry. We have been selling and installing siding & windows since 1991.
5. What is the contractor’s track record for handling complaints?
Ask the contractor about difficult situations they have faced in the past, and how they were resolved. Every contractor will have at least one problem they can discuss with you. Be sure to pay attention to how the problem was remedied – is this how you would want the situation handled? Any complaints are handled with prompt attention as we strive to keep all of our customers happy. We meet with the home owner face to face and walk through to discuss any issues and work together to resolve.
6. What is the company’s workmanship warranty?
While a longer warranty may seem more attractive than a shorter warranty, be sure to pay attention to what is covered by the warranty. If it seems “too good to be true” it probably is! We want our customers to keep coming back. We stand behind our installs 100% and all our products our backed by manufactures warranties. Warranties vary by product but most have a lifetime warranty.
When should you consider replacing your siding?
If you see any of the following conditions, you may want to consider replacement of your siding.
- Dents or cracks in your siding
- Missing pieces
- If you currently have asbestos siding
- Heating / cooling problems
- Difficult to clean
When should you consider replacing your windows?
If you notice any of the following conditions, you may want to consider replacement of your windows:
- Difficulty opening or closing
- Concern for security
- Heating / cooling problems
- Difficult to clean
Do Maintenance-Free Home Trim Products Exist?
For many homeowners the maintenance involved with the wood trim on their home can be a painful, time-consuming ordeal. In recent years there have been many advances in the industry that address this issue. There are now several products available to homeowners that limit or eliminate the need to replace, repair or paint rotted wood trim.
Can I Improve My Home’s Energy Efficiency With New Windows?
Custom window replacement can enhance the beauty and elegance of your home, but it can also help to increase the energy-efficiency. David Ogle Construction encourages homeowners to take into consideration the impact that the windows in your home can have on the energy cost you incur. There are many window products and options that will allow homeowners to choose custom windows to meet their aesthetic desires while at the same time decreasing the energy your home must expend to maintain proper ventilation and heat regulation.
One of the most popular options that homeowners could consider is to incorporate Low-E (Low Emittance) glass into their windows and doors. This coating is a thin, virtually invisible coating that is deposited onto the window surface to reduce the U-factor of the window. The windows are still transparent, but significantly decrease the amount of heat transfer, thereby making the windows more energy efficient by reflecting sunrays and radiating heat from your home.