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Innovative Contracting - Warranties
Description, benefits and drawbacks of warranties; includes specifications, guidelines and warranty projects.
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Special Provisions


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Guidelines 2008






Warranties require contractors to guarantee all or portions of a construction project to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of time. Contractors must correct deficiencies that occur during the warranty period.




  • Quality and durability of selected work items guaranteed for a specific time
  • Longer timeframe for acceptance means agency can ensure contractor is performing high-quality work
  • Decreased inspection level on warranty projects allows states to allocate resources elsewhere





  • Owner must ensure that warranty guidelines are reasonable and enforceable
  • Warranty may not be collectable if guidelines are too restrictive or place undue burden on contractor
  • Requires additional staffing to monitor the warranty after construction


Advantages & Disadvantages (53 KB, Word doc)