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What Does A New Home Warranty Cover?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 • Posted September 2, 2008 10:00 PM

Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate

State Minimum Warranties according to TRCC (Texas Residential Construction Commission) on a new home are defined below. The commission adopted a set of limited warranties and building and performance standards. The adopted limited warranties include:

• a one-year workmanship and materials warranty;

• a two-year mechanical and delivery system warranty;

• a ten-year structural warranty;

• and a ten-year warranty of habitability.

Parts covered for one year include exterior concrete, framing, drywall, insulation, exterior siding, trim, masonry, stucco, roofing, doors, windows and interior flooring.

The two-year warranty covers the delivery systems of the plumbing, electrical, heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation systems. Major structural parts are covered for ten years. They include the footings, foundations, beams, columns, load-bearing walls, roof framing systems and other parts that support the home.

The ten-year warranty of habitability addresses hidden defects discovered after the expiration of a given warranty period. For example, after the two-year warranty ends, a nail hammered into a pipe later rusts away and leaks, making the house unfit or unsafe for humans to live in. Although the plumbing warranty ended, the fact that an unseen defect led to an unsafe or unfit condition within ten years of the home’s completion makes the defect subject to the warranty of habitability.

The performance standards provide objective minimum standards that every home built or remodeled in Texas must meet. In every case, the minimum warranties and standards are more stringent than those required by federal Department of Housing and Urban Development standards. The standards were created with input from consumers, builders/remodelers, suppliers, municipalities, inspectors, warranty companies and the Construction Science Department at Texas A&M University through a publicly open process. If you have questions about the commission or a New Home Warranty, call 877-651-TRCC, or email info@trcc.state.tx.us, or visit their website www.trcc.state.tx.us.

For additional Help, Information, or Services contact Debbie at (830) 833-4249 or dhomeier@moment.net .

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