At this point, we already know it’s a good idea to cover material defects and workmanship errors. The goal is to prevent unnecessary roofing disputes down the line and provide customers with effective warranties that address roofing issues should they arise. In Part 1 of our series, we discussed various types of roofing warranties. In this second part, let’s discuss the importance of drafting a contract, provisions, and coverage.
Drafting Your Contract
A construction lawyer in Jacksonville is a great resource for understanding the complexities of roofing contracts. Aside from providing the highest level of professionalism and quality, a primary area of concern in the construction industry is decreasing liability. On the other side of the equation are those in the construction industry that want to be sure they are getting high-quality products when receiving roofing materials from manufacturers. Having an ironclad contract in place that defines and limits your responsibility as a roofing contractor is crucial.
Provisions to Note
Evaluate warranties based on the scope of coverage, monetary limits, exclusions, applicability, and nullification. Scope wise, what does the warranty cover? In regards to monetary limits, will there be a cap on repairs or will there be no limit? What exclusions will you have in place to reduce your liability? In the nullification provisions, define what factors will void the warranty.
Best Period of Coverage
The warranty provided should be based on the most logical need. For example, the length of a warranty is a common topic of discussion. What’s best for According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), length should not be the primary focal point, instead warranties should be selected based on specific roofing needs. The NRCA believes long-term warranties increase liabilities and have caused manufacturers businesses to fail.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.