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

Special Provisions

 

Innovative Contracting

Guidelines 2008


 

 

Warranties

 

Description


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.

 

Benefits

 

  • 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

 

 

Drawbacks

 

  • 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)