When it comes to warranties, I’m definitely not a superstar at keeping up with them. Granted, this is a horrible line of thinking because there is SO much money that can be saved by taking advantage of your warranties on pretty much anything.
This definitely rings true for your hardware warranties. Any sort of parts warranty is something you should check in on on a regular basis to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
The World of Hardware Warranties
Hardware Part Warranties
Sure, many of your hardware parts come with the standard one-year warranties, but did you know that most general contractors offer a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor?
That means if you have a door installed and three months later, it starts dragging, you can contact your general contractor and they’ll come and fix it. And it’s covered under warranty! If it were me and it was before I learned this, I would have simply called a repairman and shelled out whatever it took to get the job done. (Not smart!)
More Than a Year
A year is standard, but hardware that has a higher grade will often have a longer warranty. In grades 1 and 2 hardware, it’s very common for the warranty on those parts to have at least a two-year warranty, with many running between five and ten. Some of your higher quality hardware can even have a lifetime warranty.
In the long run, this can save you thousands upon thousands of dollars if you take advantage of it and closely manage your hardware warranties.
This leads me to my next point:
General Contractors and Warranties
It’s very common for organizations to allow the general contractors to manage the hardware warranties of all the hardware parts in their facility. I can’t stress this enough: Don’t do this. general contractors typically don’t worry about saving YOUR money as much as you do. This is why it’s important to work with your vendors. They will help with your warranty management and snatch up any money you may be leaving on the table. All-in-all? Not a bad deal.
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