7 1/2 Questions to Ask a Patio Contractor
Do you have the perfect idea for a screen enclosure and need a patio contractor to do the job? You may think it’s as simple as picking up the phone and hiring the first contractor who answers your call. To make choosing the right patio contractor just a little bit easier, we’ve created 7 1/2 questions for you to ask when talking to a contractor about installing a new patio enclosure.
1. Do you specialize in constructing patio screen enclosures?
Saying you can build something is different than actually producing a completed project. Look for a contractor who specializes in designing and building patio enclosures. An experienced contractor will deliver exactly what you want without hassle.
2. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
A professional screen enclosure contractor takes their work seriously and pursues licenses and insurance to show their credibility and knowledge. By making sure you are working with a licensed contractor, you can rest assured that they are more likely to follow state rules and building codes. Thereby making sure that your project finishes in a timely manner.
3. What will you provide when you bid on this job?
Ask each patio contractor for a set of plans and specifications for comparison. You can use this information to see if everyone offers the same or similar plans and how the bids differ from one to another. The more detail you receive, the better. Your estimate is a set of plans that tells you what you will receive for the money you pay.
4. How quickly can you show me a detailed contract before work begins?
You’ll definitely want a detailed contract before any work takes place. The contract should cover the cost of a patio enclosure as well as all the installation items, project specifications and any warranty information if it’s applicable. Read the contract carefully, and make sure that both parties agree on everything before work begins.
5. What hours do you plan to work, and how many staff members will be present on the job?
Workers may show up at your home around 7 a.m., but you would prefer it if they came an hour later. If you have a specific work schedule in mind, tell the contractor before the project starts.
6. Do you need me to do anything during the construction phase?
Find out if you need to move your car out of the way or clear certain items off the patio before work begins. If you’re not at home during construction, you may have to leave the gate unlocked or move the family pet indoors.
Here is also a checklist for preparing your backyard for a screen enclosure.
7. Will inclement weather delay the project?
If rain is in the forecast during your job, it might cause a delay in production. The goal should be to finish a project as well as provide a safe working environment for the installers. Reputable contractors will make sure to do both.
So, what about the 1/2 question? Well, this is the easiest question of all: Ask the contractors to show off their previous work. A qualified and experienced contractor has dozens of great pictures and testimonials for you to look through and read to make your final decision.
Dulando Screen & Awning has been in business since 1968. We have served the central Florida areas we well as the coastal regions since that time and are very familiar with the lifestyle residents want. Whether you live in Orlando, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach or the surrounding areas, give us the opportunity to earn your business. Call us at 407-862-6060 or fill out our online form for an in-home design consultation. Put our experience to work for you.