Questions to Ask Any Contractor
Do not hesitate to ask for a certificate of insurance from your contractor including those of anyone who will be working
on your property. Many subcontractors do not carry sufficient (or any) insurance to cover accidents or injuries which occur on your property. Make sure you are protected.
Check with your local municipality to confirm what type of contractor license they require for the type on construction you are having performed
and confirm that all contractors and subs are properly licensed. This will help weed out “fly-by-night” operators.
Warrantees are only as good as the company who represent them. Look closely at companies offering “Lifetime” warrantees,
as they are only good for the lifetime of their company.
Florida lien law allows subcontractors and suppliers to lien your home if they have not
been paid for services and materials delivered on or to your property. Always ask for and receive a contractor’s affidavit stating that all suppliers and subcontractors
have been paid in full prior to making your final payment.
Allowing work to be done without a permit deprives you of someone checking to make sure the job was completed
according to proper building codes. A responsible contractor will always build their structure conforming to or exceeding building code requirements. Your municipality
is there to offer the service and security to ensure this has happened.
Almost every pool company which sells you a pool with a screen subcontracts to another company for
the screen work. Some of these companies are tempted to pick a screen supplier strictly on a subcontractor’s price to them as they have already quoted you an
all inclusive price. It is up to you as the buyer to ensure they have chosen an acceptable subcontractor.
All screen enclosures must abide by responsible structural engineering guidelines.
It is imperative that the enclosure on your home is engineered specifically for you or according to an approved structural design manual.
The Florida building codes pertaining to screen enclosures have changed several times in the
past three years. Some screen companies have actively sought out engineers who have either not kept up to date with these changes, or who are not well versed in aluminum
design in order to build substandard enclosures.
Although this is nearly impossible for a homeowner to detect, some
enclosure companies will use materials with wall thicknesses more thin than their engineers prescribed. An emerging development is the use of a stronger alloy of aluminum
and although this will allow for superior performance of components using this alloys, irresponsible companies may use inferior grades of aluminum with engineering
guidelines for a stronger alloy.
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