James Hardie Smooth Fiber Cement Siding with Milgard Essence Wood-clad windows in Oakland CA

An easy company to recommend for siding and windows. That is their area of specialty, and I’m not sure if they even do anything else. They are located in Folsom, but had no issue traveling to work on our home in Oakland.

Although the company name is 3 Generations because it was started by the grandfather, it actually is operated now by the father, Kurt Owens, and his son, Jeremy. Both are stand up guys.

We had them remove our old original siding from 1947, re-bolt our foundation while the walls were open, add insulation (what an improvement), sheerwall (i.e. add OSB/plywood to create greater structural stability and also a flat surface for the siding), a moisture protection barrier, Hardieplank cement fiber siding that was manufactured to match the color or our house (a 15 year warranty on not needing to paint, and a 30 year warranty on the siding itself), and added or replaced 11 windows with Milgard Essence Low-E, double pane windows (warrantied for life). 

We received 3 bids. One company you’ll find good reviews for too was about $20k (!) higher; word on the street is they sub all their work out, but got greedy and have high mark-up to get a substantial profit after paying the sub. The other company was about the same price as 3G, but primarily did roofing. I also have a window/glass guy, but he doesn’t do siding. I ultimately was swayed by the fact that siding and windows is what 3G is licensed for and it’s all they do. It shows. Their attention to detail and wealth of experience was evident throughout the project.

Two of the other contractors mentioned above and with whom I have ongoing relationships, came by our house for other matters during the project and each were SUPER complimentary of the work being done, downright admiring certain details and telling me that, though they’d like the work, they each felt we made the right decision as the work done was clearly very professional.

Kurt and Jeremy also were very responsive to my many calls and emails about various details and follow up on every open item.  Their crew was outstanding and clearly could build a home from scratch if asked.

We’ll definitely have them return to replace some additional windows and do more siding on other parts of our house. As noted at the outset, these guys are easy to recommend.

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Jonathan Oakland, CA October 14, 2014