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Welcome to our Questions and Answers page. On this page, you will find three helpful lists about planning your remodeling project, common siding questions, and common windows questions.

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Sunset Siding, Windows & Roofing, Inc., as a public service, lists the following guidelines you’ll need when you begin your contractual remodeling job.

Selecting a Professional Contractor:

  1. Employ an established contractor. Remember, a warranty is only as good as the company that issues it. Be sure there is a company in existence in the future to make good on its promises.
  2. Look for a member of NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry). It is important that a company recognizes its responsibilities to the public. The NARI symbol is your assurance of professionalism.
  3. Check the remodeling contractor with the Office of Consumer Affairs. Ask the contractor if they are listed in the Dunn & Bradstreet Information Service. The inquiry number for the Better Business Bureau is (312) 832 - 0500 (8 am to 5 pm, Mon. - Fri.). Call to ask if there are any complaints registered against the contractor.
  4. Don't blindly accept the lowest bid when soliciting your project. Be sure the price includes quality materials and service. Remember, remodeling is an investment in your home. A shoddy job can devalue your property, and you’ll have to live with it.
  5. Ask for homeowner references and follow-up on them. Satisfied customers are the most important asset of a responsible remodeler.
  6. Ask your professional contractor to provide proof of insurance covering workers’ compensation, property damage and personal liability.
  7. Be sure that everything promised by the contractor is in writing. Even the best contractor may forget if it’s not on the agreement.
  8. Building permits are necessary when doing structural work. Utilize a professional remodeling contractor, they are familiar with details regarding local building codes and permits.

* Carefully consider what you can afford. Determine what you have to borrow and what monthly payments will keep you within budget. Keep in mind, improvements you envision will increase your home’s value.


Siding Questions & Answers
from  
Sunset Siding Windows & Roofing, Inc.

Q. What does Sunset do as part of a siding contract?
A.
Sunset Siding, Windows & Roofing will:

  • remove/replace rotten wood
  • build new window casings
  • insulate with insulation up to 2" thick
  • build out the foundation
  • cover all trim with custom-formed, pvc-coated coil stock
  • install your choice of a premium vinyl siding system
  • install a premium vinyl soffit and fascia system (cover eaves and overhangs)
  • complete exterior caulk out
  • trim cap out all door jambs and casings
  • clean up and haul away all project related debris
  • put everything in writing

Q. How much does siding cost?
A. It depends on the size of the job and the material selected. Siding is priced by the square foot of area and by the linear feet of eaves and overhangs. Other factors include the number of windows to trim around, rotten wood replacement and any additional work. Costs vary greatly from company to company. Homeowners should always get at least three written estimates!

We often run special sales and promotions from manufacturers. When we get a substantial discount, we pass the savings along to you!

Q. How long will siding last?
A. Major manufacturers offer a lifetime written warranty against siding failure. Warranties are often transferable in the event of the sale of the home. Sunset Exteriors offers an exclusive 100% guarantee on all siding & window installations. We do it right the first time!

Q. Will siding help save on heating and cooling bills?
A. Yes. Depending on the actual wood area covered and the type of insulation, energy savings can exceed 20%.

Q. What special accessories are offered?
A. Major manufacturers offer a variety of special trim and accent pieces. Items like special 3 piece corners, fish scales, beaded soffit panels, window and door treatment as well as different moldings, all to imitate older style homes and add character to your home.

 

Window Questions & Answers
from
Sunset Siding, Windows & Roofing

Q. What does Sunset do as a part of a window contract?
A.
Sunset Siding, Windows & Roofing, Inc will:

  • remove/replace rotten wood
  • remove & haul away old prime/storm windows
  • install new thermally insulated window (from outside in most cases)
  • adjust opening so new window is “square”
  • insulate around frame of new window
  • Wrap and flash any exterior wood framing
  • install new casing and stools on interior (if owner wants new)
  • complete exterior caulk out

Q. How much do windows cost?
A. It depends on the size and style of windows needed as well as other factors such as;  how are the old windows being removed, is there rotten wood, what optional features are desired. Costs vary from company to company. Homeowners should always get at least three written estimates.

*Note: We often run specials sales and promotions from manufacturers. When we get a substantial discount, we pass the savings to you!

Q. How long will windows last?
A. Major manufacturers offer a lifetime written warranty against framing and part failure. Some include seal of the glass in that warranty some may offer 20 years on the glass seal. Warranties are often transferable in the event of the sale of the home. Sunset offers a 100% guarantee on all window installations. We do it right the first time!

Q. Will windows help save on the heating and cooling bills?
A. Yes. Depending on existing insulation in your walls and amount of air infiltration you currently experience, energy savings can exceed 40%.

Q. What about colors?
A. Vinyl windows come in a variety of color choices. Some manufacturers offer only a couple of color c choices while others offer more. Current data shows us that the darker colors such as brown will fade quicker than lighter colors due to the U.V. rays from the sun.

Q. Does the interior have to be the same color as the exterior?
A. Major manufacturers offer interior alternates some offer designer colors choices for the exterior, while others offer a wood-like laminate for the interior. Yet others offer an unfinished real wood laminate for the interior if you would like to stain the inside to match other wood work.

Q. What are some of the other features offered?
A. Major manufacturers offer items such as a type of Low E glass filled with argon gas, grids, grooved glass, special colors, special styles of windows (such as trapezoids) and safety features.


We hope these short articles have been very helpful in your decision-making process. If you are ready to take the next step, why not click the Free Estimates link and let Sunset Siding, Windows & Roofing give you a free quote?

 

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