If we hire out the installation of our new windows & doors to the contractor doing our framing, what happens if they drop / break any of the windows?
Are they responsible for replacement?
There are: 1 double door, 3 patio doors, 6 large picture windows ([email protected] 5×7, [email protected] 6X9, [email protected] 5×6), 4 large awnings, 3 large combo units, 7 small windows and 8 medium sized casements. Any best guestimates on installation costs? The 2 largest ones are high up & will be done with scaffolding.
You are hiring labor, I suggest that if you want them to be responsible for material, you write that in the contract.
Normally the framers would be responsible for damage. Darn it!
Edited 9/4/2008 2:04 pm ET by frammer52
Round my parts, I buy the lumber, windows, and doors and the framer puts them in. If he breaks one, he is responsible but the few times he has, I have not backcharged him (usually just a broken sash) and he always has taken care of me when I screwed something up and he had to move an opening or something.
Depends upon your relationship but I would want them to be responsible but negotiate fairly if an accident occurs.
If you are paying hourly, then it is a different story vs. a bid project. If hourly, I'd argue that damage is owners problem. If my employee drops a window, it comes out of my pocket and hourly contractor is essentially an employee for the period IMO