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siding project for a homeowner in Atlanta

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We are starting a new siding project for a homeowner in Atlanta.  This homeowner, unfortunately got taken advantage of by his previous contractor.  This contractor had sided several home in the subdivision and apparently did good job.  Why would someone worry about him not doing just as good a job of them?  Well more than half done, the owner paid the contractor a progress payment and he never came back to finish the job.  He left 1/3 of the home untouched and also retained a deposit for the front door that was never ordered!  No return calls and no way to find him.

Unfortunately, this happens often in our industry!  I have heard this same story almost verbatim a few dozen times at least. A more common story is leaving the job perhaps 5% incomplete. Hundreds of stories there… After doing some due diligence and reading numerous reviews on Schantz, he chose to hire us.  We are glad to be able to help him.  Take heed.  You cannot rely on neighborhood contractors without vetting them out. Do a GA corporation search, check reviews online, view their website, check the BBB.  If you can’t get good information on them, you will be a high risk.  Again, this happens everyday and for most people are shocked they got taken.  Our industry is full of these people.  Protect yourself.  Do your research.

Before and after siding project below (unrelated)

BEFORE PHOTO Siding project in atlanta by contractor Schantz

 

AFTER PHOTO Atlanta siding project by contractor Schantz

AFTER PHOTO Atlanta siding project by contractor Schantz

 

Can I repaint my vinyl siding? Don’t repair your siding without reading this first.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Vinyl siding can be painted, but this has been possible only recently due to the advances in paint.  However, it is still not advised to paint it.  Vinyl siding will expand and contract as designed.  During cold weather it may contract to the point you can see the original unpainted siding.  Painting would only be a last resort for severely faded siding and it would be a temporary solution.

What about painting other damaged siding such as Louisiana Pacific (LP) or Georgia Pacific siding products?  Both of these have suffered severe issues.  Yes, you can repaint, but whether that’s a good financial choice may depend on how long you plan on staying in your home. Any repairs made now could be money down the drain as they are essentially temporary. Upon resale, the buyer will request the siding to be replaced.  We see this every day in Atlanta, Ga,

Pay now or pay later in other words.

Cement siding requires painting every 10-15 years with a good paint job. You will certainly pay more now to replace the siding, but it will pay back in many ways.

Bottom line.  You will certainly pay more now to replace the siding, but it will pay back in many ways.  Ultimately, a siding replacement is an investment in your home while painting is an expense.  No doubt, today’s real estate market makes it difficult to take on larger projects, but the market will change.

Repair and  paint will ultimately be the more expensive choice in the 5-10 year plan.

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May 2012 siding project in Lawrenceville, GA. Home makeover with Alside Prodigy Siding.