Hire a Pro Advice: Install Raised Paneling

Get help finding a carpenter to install raised paneling and learn what should be included in a contract between a homeowner and carpenter or contractor.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

A trim (also called finish) carpenter has the skills and tools to install raised paneling and the wood trim to complete the job. You'll find that many carpenters are on the staff of a general contractor, window installation services and remodeling companies as well as individuals who work as independent contractors. They advertise in local newspapers, the Yellow Pages in the "Contractor - General" category and often you'll find a business card offering carpentry work in hardware stores, lumberyards and home centers.

You can find installers where you buy the raised panel material where you buy it, too. At lumber yards and home centers you'll often see an "installed price" tag offered because the installation service is handled by the retailer. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references and it's added revenue for the retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products he sells.

Go online and use a contractor referral service or type "Install raised paneling (in your city)" in a search engine like Bing, Google or Yahoo.

These items should be specified in a contract between a homeowner and contractor to install raised paneling in a room:

  • Materials (including the paneling style, pattern number)
  • Installation method
  • Demolition work (if necessary)
  • Preparation work required
  • Clean up of the site
  • Start and completion dates
  • Cost and payment schedule
If there is a pattern or special installation design required, a sketch of the pattern should be attached to the contract.