To understand why a contractor labor warranty is important when undertaking a home improvement project, it’s best to define what a warranty is: any representation made by one party that another can and will rely on.
Simply put, it’s a promise that a job will be performed a certain way. Some common warranties found in home improvement and construction contracts include a plans and specifications warranty, a materials warranty, and a workmanship warranty, also called a labor warranty.
How It Differs from a Manufacturer’s Warranty
A labor warranty acts as a safeguard for homeowners who want reassurance that if anything goes wrong with their home improvement project, the contractor will promptly remedy the issue. Whereas a manufacturer’s warranty covers the product being installed, a contractor’s labor warranty covers only the installation work. Having both types of warranties can provide you with comprehensive coverage.
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Pay Attention to the Terms of Your Warranty
A labor warranty is invaluable because no matter how well-engineered a product is, it won’t look or perform as designed unless it’s installed correctly. In fact, how a product is installed can also affect its lifespan. A labor warranty provides you with coverage against improper installation and generally lasts for a year. By comparison, a manufacturer product warranty usually covers failures or defects, and coverage can range from 10 to 30 years.
It’s important to note that some experienced contractors offer five-year labor warranties, and some of the more skilled among them even offer lifetime labor coverage. Before committing to any project, review the details of a contractor’s labor warranty, paying special attention to what it covers and the coverage period.
Remember, Conditions Apply
Understanding your warranty limitations will help you manage expectations. After all, while it would be ideal if your warranty covers everything, that’s just not realistic. Also, be mindful that many contractors will cover repairs only up to a certain amount. Still, a reputable contractor should be able to offer a labor warranty that covers a wide range of common issues as well issues related to the specific types of products the contractor installs.
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