Choosing the right Company
One of the best ways to start searching for a sunroom company is by looking for referrals. While any referral is helpful, try to find one that has had the work done recently. Take the time to interview and meet the contractors you’re interested in using. You will be able to discuss the plans and ideas, as well as get references. Any company that is not willing to provide references is either new or they don’t want you talking to past customers. Stay away from these companies at all costs.
Companies should come with quality and trust. While your budget and the timeline is important, quality and trust is essential to the finished product. This is going to be a large investment on your part, so trusting the contractor to do the job right will be essential. It might be tempting to go with a company that offers a cheaper price, but don’t forget; “you get what you pay for.”
Any contractor you use should also come fully licensed and insured. The good companies are members of the local or national homebuilder’s and remodeling associations. Another good thing to know is how long they have been in business. Oh, and if a future problem develops, you want a company that will be around to help.
Before you interview any contractor, take the time to write down all the questions you want to ask. When going through each question, keep a note of how each company answers them. If they don’t have all the answer you seek, it’s probably not the right company to be dealing with when building a sunroom. If you’re still skeptical then a trip to the Better Business Bureau website will be helpful. You will be able to see the amount of complaints filed and if they were ever resolved.
We also recommend working with a company that has a showroom. It gives you an idea of the kind of workmanship you can expect. Once the decision has been made and you choose a contractor, they should offer you an exact quote. A company with an estimate or bid usually ends up going over. If you’re on a tight budget, this isn’t going to work, because it will wind up costing more money.
Ask the contractor if they will be using sub-contractors to install the sunroom. The best companies use their own crews and have supervisors on-hand throughout the project. If there is a change or delay that needs to take place, the contractor must be willing to notify you immediately. Sometimes an issue occurs if you’re waiting on the building permit or the final inspection. Good quality contractors take care of this for you. Plus, if something isn’t valid, you could end up with a problem when trying to sell the home.
Once the project has been completed, the contractor should take you through a complete walkthrough. All materials used to create the sunroom should come with a warranty. You should also be 100% satisfied with the new addition to your home.