Is Your Hardscaper Complying with Manufacturer’s Specifications?
When you decide to add hardscaping to your outdoor living space, there are some important things to consider when you hire a hardscape contractor. One of the most important things to know is which materials have a warranty, and if your contractor is complying with the specifications set by the manufacturer. It would be absolutely devastating if you ever need the warranty to learn that your contractor had done something that voided the warranty.
Why is it Important for Hardscapers to Comply with Manufacturer’s Specifications?
You’ve spent a lot of money to have hardscapes installed in your outdoor living space by a contractor, too much to then find out that some part of your hardscape wasn’t installed properly, therefore voiding the warranty on the material.
When you hire reputable contractors to add hardscapes to your property, it’s likely that you will be able to use and enjoy them as long as you live in your home. However, the lifespan of the hardscapes often depends on the quality of the work and expertise of the craftsmen who install them. The type of materials can also play a role in how long the hardscapes last, both in how they handle the elements and in how they are installed.
The weather and elements can play a part in the longevity of your hardscapes, but when something breaks or is damaged, there is also the chance that it’s because it wasn’t installed or handled according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
When you hire a company to design and install hardscapes on your property, it’s important to make sure that they will be using the materials correctly – especially those that have a warranty. Materials that have a warranty also likely have specifications as to how the product is used. When the product isn’t used as specified, it may nullify the warranty.
Before your hardscaper begins your project, it’s essential that you understand the warranty details for the products that will be used. It’s also perfectly reasonable for you to ask your contractor if the materials are being used in a way that the product manufacturer would approve of. Many manufacturers will warranty a properly installed job, even if your contractor is no longer in business.
You may also want to check your homeowner’s insurance to see what your policy covers regarding landscaping and hardscaping. You may find that your policy has provisions for landscaping and hardscaping damage that occurs due to hazards like wind or hail damage, but no protection for damage to hardscaped elements that are caused by improper installation or maintenance. And of course, some insurance policies don’t have coverage for landscaping and hardscaping at all.
You may decide to purchase a new policy or a rider for your current policy that covers landscaping and hardscaping to protect your investment. Unfortunately, this can potentially raise your insurance premiums to levels that exceed your budget, or that you don’t want the expense of paying. Finding a hardscaping contractor that is confident in its work and has a lifetime or long-term guarantee is a better alternative for many homeowners.
There is a lot riding on the proper installation of hardscapes. That’s why it’s essential that you hire an experienced contractor who is licensed, insured, and has a good reputation. That will ensure that any warranties on materials will remain valid in case you need them in the future.
Hardscape installations in your yard will add value to your home, both financially and aesthetically, but it is an investment. So, you don’t want to be in the position of having to have parts of it repaired or replaced on your dime.
At Ambrose Landscapes, hardscaping is what we do. We design and construct hardscape features for our clients in Western North Carolina so they will have decades of enjoyment, use, and limited maintenance costs. We are committed to delivering the highest level of service while always keeping our clients’ goals in mind. Our experts will design the perfect additions to your landscaping, based on your vision, and then install them using durable materials and their expertise. The experience and knowledge of our craftsmen ensures that your hardscapes will enhance your home for years to come.