As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for."
I took the lowest bid and it ended up costing more than the middle guys bid. Forget using a hole in the ground for a trash can, forget using nails on the sheeting when five minutes earlier I reminded them the contract specified screws and showed them where they were, forget that they then had the nerve to ask me to replace the nails they used,
forget that I gave them two opportunities to increase their bid (which they did) and they still spent the whole job complaining about the pay, forget that they didn't do everything in the contract and covered it up like I wouldn't notice. The two big reasons I've been telling people to stay away are they just decided on how much exposure to use without asking me or reading the instructions and they didn't finish the damn job.
Too small an exposure. The instructions say to use a minimum of 1 1/4". I bought 8 1/4" board (meaning you can have a 7" exposure - the part you see. The rest is overlapped by the next board.)
They decided to use a 5" exposure -
2 1/4 inches of wasted board. Son of Father/Son team said that's what we did last time.
Father said that's what was in the instructions. I read them - several times. It says what I said above.
But by the time, I got to the site they had too much of the siding up. If I made them pull it down it would be damaged and we would run out. The only thing I could do is wait and hope that with good cuts (Bah-ha-ha) and care (right) we would have enough. Of course they only did that part in such a hurry to cover up the fact that they didn't bend the aluminum flashing the way I asked. And by the way it leaks.
I had to order significantly more siding. To the tune of $850 (with shipping). The same money I would have offered to them as a bonus if they had done any part of the job right. It was a difficult job and frankly I can see why the next guy was $1000 more. I still don't see why the one guy was $10,000 more but I'd like to live in his world for awhile.
It took three weeks for the extra siding to come and another four weeks to get them back here. Keep in mind I paid them already. Stupid you say but you stand in the middle of the same situation and try to be the tough guy. In my defense, they were friends of my brother's and had been promised the job when he was heading up the project.
When they came back they worked four hours and buggered off. They finished just enough to justify packing up their pump jacks and split.
Oh sure, they promised they would come back in two days. They didn't. They don't return calls or texts. I finally gave up and paid someone trustworthy to finish the job.
And guess what. The siding doesn't line up. It's higher on the left than on the right so when Ren and Tim went to connect the two they had to fudge it.
All told I ended up paying $1150 more than the bid. Or $150 more than the next higher bid.
If I had taken the higher bid I would have had the job done right and two months sooner.