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Why Your Contractor Must Have Insurance

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For your construction project to be truly successful, it must be done with an excellent contractor at the helm – whether a general contractor or professional hardscaping contractor. But, you have to be very discerning when it comes to hiring one. Not only should your contractor have the necessary skills, experience, and equipment, but he must also have the right insurance. Here are the reasons why insurance coverage is a must.

Protection from liabilities

There are many types of contractors insurance out there, but the two insurance policies that every contractor must have are general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

When your contractor has general liability insurance, any accident that leads to third-party injuries or property damage will be paid for by his policy. Workers’ compensation insurance will cover both the medical expenses of your contractor’s workers who sustain an injury while at work on your project as well as the wages they stand to lose because of the injury.

When you’re hiring a contractor, always make sure that he has both because if he does not, you will be technically acting as the contractor. In this case, you will be held liable for any injury and property damage that occurs during your construction project.

Lower long-term costs

It’s true that a contractor who doesn’t have insurance will likely offer lower rates for his services, which is probably why they still get hired despite not being insured. After all, there is no shortage of people who want to save a few dollars here and there.

However, with an uninsured contractor handling your project, you could end up spending more money in the long run. When there are mistakes in the construction, you’ll have to shoulder the cost of correcting those mistakes (consider the long term issues with stucco!). And if a worker or a third party gets injured in the work area, you are liable to pay for his medical expenses—among other things—out of pocket for as long as it takes the worker to recover.

Don’t hire uninsured contractors

In conclusion, hiring uninsured contractors carries with it a lot of risks. They may come cheap, but the consequences should an accident happen don’t. An uninsured contractor could end up making you the subject of a lawsuit which could bankrupt you when you lose in court. So don’t hire the uninsured: It’s just not worth it.


 

About The Author:

Rachel Porter is the content specialist for Custom Contractors Insurance, LLC, and Arizona roofing and contractors insurance company. When not writing, she enjoys reading and mountain biking with her friends.

4 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a True Zen Oasis

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Having a beautiful backyard is a dream come true for a lot of people. In this day and age, all of us simply need a quiet little place to relax and unwind after a busy day. Sure, a lot of us already have such an area somewhere in our homes, but not many realize the healing power of spending time outdoors.

That’s why, if you are thinking about updating your outdoor area, we urge you to consider creating a true Zen oasis, where you will be able to fully give in to the healing powers of Mother Nature and spend some quality time immersed in all of her beauties, either alone or with friends and family. If the idea sounds appealing, but you’re not quite sure how you can achieve it, keep on reading.

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Backyard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

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You look out at your backyard, and you have ideas: Ways to transform your outdoor living space and give it a new look and feel.

You see pathways and patios and hedges and trellises and maybe even a fountain. You see big backyard barbecues and scores of admiring neighbors.

And then you see your bank account and begin to worry.

Maybe that big landscaping project just isn’t in the cards, you think to yourself. But don’t fret. As long as you’re willing to start small, there are ways you can pull off backyard landscaping ideas on a budget.

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Making the Right Hardscaping Choices

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Our world is one that thrives on balance. We enjoy foods that are sweet and foods that are salty. We watch some movies that are funny, others that are serious.

And in our backyards, we mix hardscaping – patios, pathways, stones, rocks and decks — with softscaping: things such as trees, plants, flowers or grass.

Without softscaping, your yard would seem harsh and forbidding, a sterile, uninviting place.

But without hardscaping, it would feel messy and overgrown. As you search for hardscaping supplies in PA, think about choosing these materials to give your property the right balance.

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Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your Garden

iStock 497583765 300x199 Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your GardenSpring is just around the corner, and a lot of us are thinking about our gardens.

We’ll leave the question of what to plant or not plant to the horticulturists. We’re concerned more with getting to your garden.

If you’re looking to give your garden a new look this spring, consider installing a flagstone walkway. This might sound like a big undertaking, but this is a project that you can wrap up in one weekend. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Autumn Hardscaping and Maintenance Projects

Tfire pit 300x200 Autumn Hardscaping and Maintenance Projectshere’s a chill in the air. The days are getting shorter, and the leaves have begun to change.

Fall has arrived, and although your thoughts might be turning to the indoors, there’s still time to take care of your lawn. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide to some autumn hardscaping and maintenance projects you may want to tackle this season.

Be sure to use a reliable landscape & hardscape supplier in PA, like Woodward Landscape Supply, to gather the materials you’ll need to complete these projects.

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Are You Installing Polymeric Joint Sand Properly?

In July of 2013, we wrote an article regarding the proper installation of polymeric sand. That article is reprinted below with minor updates. However, a major change is occurring in 2016. Major polymeric sand manufacturers have revised their formulas to reduce the risk of polymeric haze. Products with this new composition will begin to appear this spring and should be widely available by summer.
Nothing has changed in the proper installation and maintenance, the new formula simply reduces the probability of residual hazing and clean up.

 


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Polymeric sand is used to fill joints between pavers, including concrete pavers, stone pavers and brick pavers. The fine sand is combined with additives, usually silica, and forms a binding agent after it’s mixed with water.

Using polymeric sand instead of plain sand has many benefits including:

  • Prevents Washouts
  • Offers Different Colors
  • Improves Durability
  • Prevents Weeds

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You Want Veneered Walls in PA, But…

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5 Steps to Repaving After a Structural Repair

This article is a guest post, courtesy of Apex Waterproofing Inc. in Arlington, Virginia.

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Home foundation repair is one of the biggest things so few of us are really mindful of. Who thinks about the foundation of their home failing? It’s a little bit like a sinkhole just opening up and swallowing you while you’re walking down the street. We all believe our foundation will be fine … until it’s not.

When an incident happens, the thought can be to just fix your home at whatever cost. Totally ignoring a lingering problem is a bad idea; so is just running around with a spigot full of money to fix problems you may not need to.

There are three important questions you should ask yourself first:

  • Is home foundation repair something that is covered in one of my insurance policies?
  • How deep am I going to need to go in order to ensure that this repair is effective?
  • Is this repair something small enough that I could do it myself?

Of course these and so many more questions are likely swirling around your brain. Don’t fret, though: Here are 5 steps to remember when you’re thinking of repaving and making an earnest structural repair in your home.

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Firepits for Fall: Fire Pits in Bucks County PA

Granite Fire Pit 300x225 Firepits for Fall: Fire Pits in Bucks County PAAs the hot summer weather begins to fade, the cooler fall weather comes into play. For some people, this is their favorite holiday. It means the leaves turning colors, hay rides, and sweaters. It also means cooler temperatures, so if you have a yard, patio or deck, you might want to invest in a fire pit for that fall weather. Fire pits come in all sorts of sizes and shapes for your convenience, and they come in a variety of materials and colors as well as heating solutions too in order to fit everyone’s needs. Here are a few of the best fire pits for fall.

Fire Pit Kit

If you are one of those folks that loves to build stuff on your own, a fire pit kit is an excellent choice. Every major hardscaping manufacturer offers a kit in a selection of their most popular colors. Like most kits, these include everything you need to build your own PA fire pit: decorative building blocks, a screen, and a bowl or liner. Essentially it’s a pretty easy process. The only potentially tricky part is preparing the ground where you want to place the fire pit.. Continue reading