When it comes to garage floor coatings, homeowners want both functionality and aesthetics that can withstand the test of time. As a garage floor coating contractor, one of the most effective ways to gain a competitive edge in the market is by providing your customers with a clear and concise written warranty. In this blog, we will explore the value of a well-crafted warranty, how it can help your business stand out from the competition and what details should be included.
WHY ARE WARRANTIES IMPORTANT?
To begin, let’s establish the significance of contractors offering a warranty and explore how it can benefit your business in the short term and beyond:
Building Trust and Confidence: A written warranty acts as a promise and commitment to your customers. When homeowners invest in a garage floor coating, they want the peace of mind that their investment is protected for years to come. It is a signal to potential customers that you stand by your work and believe in the quality of your services. This confidence enhances your brand credibility and promotes the positive perception of your company as a trusted name in the industry.
A clear and straightforward warranty will instill trust and confidence in your services, showcasing your dedication to quality workmanship and superior products. This trust is vital in the service industry, as it encourages word-of-mouth referrals and positive reviews, helping to build a strong reputation for your business, leading to more business opportunities and expanding your customer base.
Differentiation from Competitors: In a competitive market, having a written warranty can be a game-changer. Many garage floor coating contractors might offer warranties verbally or in a vague manner, leaving homeowners uncertain about their protection. By providing a comprehensive, written warranty, you set yourself apart from the competition and demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to customer satisfaction. This added value will likely influence potential customers to choose your services over others, thereby increasing your overall sales.
Minimizing Legal Hassles: A written warranty not only benefits your customers but also protects your business. Without a clearly written warranty, disputes and misunderstandings can escalate, leading to legal troubles and damage to your reputation. A well-documented warranty helps to mitigate such risks by offering a basis for resolving any conflicts that may arise, reducing the likelihood of litigation and potential financial losses. Additionally, it is recommended that you carefully craft and review your warranty with legal council to avoid oversights which may leave you open to liability. A lawyer can ensure that your company is operating in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. They can identify potential legal risks and help you take appropriate measures to address them.
WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN YOUR WARRANTY?
Having outlined the importance of providing a warranty and the advantages it brings to your business, let’s now delve into the essential components that should be included in your warranty. A well-structured warranty explicitly outlines what is covered and what is not. By defining the scope of coverage in simple terms, you can avoid any misunderstandings or disputes with your customers in the future. This clarity fosters transparency, showing that you have nothing to hide and that your business operates with integrity. Clearly stated terms and conditions give homeowners a realistic expectation of how long the coating should last and what actions may void the warranty, empowering them to take better care of their newly coated garage floor. The following are the common components of a solid warranty offering.
Limitations: Clearly state your limitations of liability under the warranty. This ensures that customers understand the extent to which they can seek compensation for damages. These limitations can vary depending on the type of warranty and the product or service being covered. Here are some common limitations of warranties:
Repair and Replacement Policy: Describe the procedures for addressing warranty claims, including whether the flooring will be repaired or replaced in case of covered defects.
Transferability: Clarify whether the warranty is transferable to subsequent property owners, if applicable.
Maintenance Instructions: Provide instructions on proper maintenance and care of the garage flooring to maintain warranty coverage.
Claims Process: Detail the steps that customers need to follow when making a warranty claim. This should include contact information and any documentation required for the claim.
Legal Jurisdiction: Specify the jurisdiction and governing law under which the warranty is valid. This helps avoid confusion if legal disputes arise.
Contact Information: Provide contact details for the warranty issuer, including their customer support or service department.
Additional Terms: Include any other relevant terms and conditions that apply to the warranty but have not been covered in the above sections.
To ensure transparency and prevent any unexpected issues, it’s crucial for your customers to carefully read and understand the warranty terms and conditions. As an additional measure, you can offer to review the warranty with them, addressing any questions they may have, thus providing clarity even before commencing the job.
As you prioritize your customers’ peace of mind and demonstrate the quality of your services, your business will thrive in the competitive world of garage floor coatings.
Ask any jobsite manager in the concrete coatings industry how to ensure a smooth installation and they will likely tell you that proper planning has a lot to do with success. As the old adage goes, “By Failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Don’t leave your jobs to chance. Instead, use the five steps below as a guide to help work through the details of your installation beforehand so you can mitigate problems in advance.
STEP 1: Material Storage & Staging
The management and storing of your materials are one of the most important aspects of preparing for your project. Once your materials are on site, get all pallets broken down. Next, organize the materials by product and component in the order that you’re using them. Be sure to get a count of all your materials to make sure you’re not missing any critical components and that you have everything you’ll need for the project.
Once all material inventory is accounted for, you’ll want to decide where it will be stored. Ideally, you will store them close to where your mixing station and equipment will be placed. Other factors to consider is long-term storage of material. This is mainly for larger jobs or jobs that will require climatization of materials due to environmental conditions. In this case you will need two storage areas, one for immediate use and one for later phases of the project.
STEP 2: Staging & Securing of Equipment
You’ll want to ensure that all the equipment that is necessary for the project is on the jobsite. Additionally, it will be important to choose a location to store and secure the equipment. Don’t overlook this detail. Stolen equipment is expensive to replace and can cause delays in the installation if you don’t have what you need. First, pick a spot that is conducive to where you are working. Ideally, you want it to be secure, possibly a lockable space. If that’s not an option, use a job box to secure all hand tools and small equipment. Secure any grinders and larger equipment as well, finding something you can lock larger equipment to, or lock them together and to a pillar or post using a steel cable and lock.
STEP 3: Power
Power is going to be necessary to run your equipment and lighting during the installation. You’ll need to do a walkthrough of the jobsite to ensure that you have what you need. Make sure you have your generator setup or determine where you will tap into onsite power. On new construction sites, pay close attention, because not all new construction is going to have available power. You will also need to ensure that you have enough power to run all the necessary equipment. Each piece of equipment will have different requirements; single phase, three phase, et. Some equipment will require a spider box, or power distribution box, which you can plug into a 50 or 70 amp circuit to run hand grinders, vacuums, lights, and small equipment such 220 machines. Determine what equipment you’ll be running, what the power needs are, and ensure that you have the power to support it prior to beginning your installation.
STEP 4: Planning Your Installation
Once you’ve got your materials, equipment and power sorted, you’ll want to plan how you’re going to install. Choose where you will start the installation and where will you finish. Mark out the stages of installation as they relate to material coverage. For example, if you know that your product mix is going to yield 200 sq ft, place a mark on the wall with tape to indicate the anticipated coverage area. This will ensure that materials are not being installed too thick or being stretched too far and they will be consistent throughout.
STEP 5: Setup Your Mix Station
Now that you’ve planned your installation, you’ll need to setup your mix station. Having a mix station will help to prevent mixing errors and improve jobsite workflow. Attention to this area of staging will help you operate and install faster as well as maintain a clean, professional work area.
• Set up near your installation
• Prepare with floor protection like ram board and plastic
• Organize products, tools and accessories in order of use
• Arrange for the disposal waste, packaging, etc.