Recent Review: We knew we needed to reside our house so I had been researching and contacting siding companies. I received a cold call from American Building Centers (ABC) telling me we had been pre-selected for a siding demonstration in Ames. I agreed to entertain the sales pitch. On 08/07/2014 Frank Domanico (like the Des Moines steak) arrived for the presentation. Typical contractor pitch, but with less documentation then from other vendors. Frank provided samples of a quality siding, new soffits, wrapped trim, upgraded siding from the factory, a new exterior door, and matching paint for the garage door. Price was at the very low end of other quotes. I was promised that all insulation joints would be taped and that all air gaps behind the brick fascia would be sealed. ABC promised to start on 08/12/2014 with their best installer with no money down and a good interest rate with GE financing and they would finish the job in 5-7 days. We agreed to proceed with the project. At 10 Am on 08/12/2014 I called ABC to see if the installer would arrive as scheduled. I was told they had to pick up materials and that they were on their way. Arrived home at the end of the day to be greeted by the installer who was removing gutters and installing insulation. The insulation was not what was explained in the sales presentation. Installation of the insulation was torn at the edges and did not butt up to straight edges. After discussing the insulation with the installer, I was told that the insulation's only purpose was to true up the wall and did not provide any other benefit. On the second day, I observed more of the same. On the third day I noticed that the installer was arriving with different apprentices each day and that the quality of the insulation installation did not improve. A call to Frank Domanico yielded only his question of do we want a different installer. Since the installer stated that he was ABC's best installer, I agreed to keep the crew. Errors included the wrong style of siding, wrapping soffits and posts with the wrong metal, and some inconsistent installations. The installer was aggressive in asking for sign off so he could get paid. Needless to say, the installer finished the job in the 4th WEEK after starting the job with no one from the original crew. I finally signed off on the job, to my wife's displeasure, just to get them off the property. The installation did require followup by another installer to correct errors from the initial installer. I also will do some repairs on my own to complete the job including re-installation of a storm door, repairing poorly installed trim, and reinstalling a light fixture that was installed incorrectly. When we received our first payment notice the interest rate from ABC's finance company was 26.99%. That was for a couple with credit scores of 765 and 801. Needless to say we went to the credit union and secured a home equity loan for 1.99%. Finance charges for the job would have been 66% of the total cost of the siding job had we chosen to use their financing making only the minimum payment. In the end, the house does look good, but for the low price the job was a real hassle. As a DIY homeowner, I could have done nearly as good of a job in the same amount of time for a lot less money. It will be interesting to see if we have a future insurance claim resulting from installation issues.