What is covered under a Texas builder warranty?

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2021 | Construction Litigation

If you’re like most Texas residents, a home is one of your biggest investments in life. When choosing to purchase a newly built home, you’ll need to give a good bit of thought to the types of warranties that are available. You’ll want to read about what is and what isn’t covered and how long the coverage will last for the things that are included.

What’s covered?

While the coverage may vary depending on the specific builder that handles the project, there are various aspects that should be included in all warranties. These include all of the materials of the home and the workmanship involved. Some prime examples of what should be covered under a builder’s warranty include the carpentry work, insulation, doors, windows, concrete foundations, siding, septic system, plumbing and electrical work.

What’s not covered?

A builder’s warranty typically doesn’t include items that are covered by a component manufacturer. These will be things like appliances that are covered underneath a manufacturer’s warranty. Some examples of things that are not covered under a builder’s warranty include paint fading, defective household appliances, insect damage and any errors that were caused by a homeowner or another contractor after the building was complete.

How long does coverage last?

The length of coverage highly depends on the specific item. Most builders offer a one-year warranty on their workmanship and the home’s materials. This will be for things like siding, doors, drywall and paint. When it comes to electrical systems, plumbing and HVAC systems, builders typically offer one to two years of coverage. Only major structural defects are covered for up to 10 full years because these are problems that make a home inhabitable and unsafe.

If you’re considering having your dream home built, you need to consider the builder’s warranty. Any reputable builder will offer a warranty, and they will be able to explain each part of it. It’s a good idea to know what the warranty is prior to having the bill done so that you can remedy any covered issues that happen in the future. If you have questions, an attorney may go over the warranty with you.