Craftsmanship in stone
All stonework built by SUMMERSTONE LTD. Is warranted to be free of defects in workmanship and materials for a period of five (5) years from the date of the completion of the work.
5 YEAR LIMIITED WARRANTY ON STONEWORK
This warranty does not cover the following situations;
2— Deterioration of the mortar, concrete or stone itself caused by the application of salt or other chemical de-icer. This means that no chemicals of any kind can be applied to melt ice. They all damage the mortar whether the package says that they do or not. Those that say that they don’t damage cement just do it more slowly than salt does.
6— Damage caused by sealants. Flagstone requires no sealant and we recommend using none. There is some evidence that sealants speed deterioration in the mortar joints by sealing in the water that comes up naturally from the ground.
7— Movement caused by subsoil conditions beyond our control. This particularly applies to the backfilling around new homes, but could include other conditions such as swampy soil.
The use of a good backfill material and its’ proper compaction is the responsibility of the home builder. If poor material or little or no compaction is done during the backfilling process, the area directly adjacent to the home may continue to settle for many years. Unless we excavate to the footing and refill, this settling is beyond our control.
8— Damage caused by abuse or neglect. In other words, don’t drive a bulldozer over the walk. Or, if a stone comes loose, call us and let us repair it before water gets in and the problem spreads, whether it is in the warranty period or not. You should have no problems in the warranty period, but everything requires maintenance. For instance, the area on a walk near the driveway will get some salt on it from people walking on the road and then on the walk . It would not be unusual for this area to need maintenance on the joints between 5 and 10 years after the walk is built. Typically, that work can br done in a few hours and would cost between $100.00 and $200.00. If it is left for a few years until all the stones are loose, the cost would be much more to repair it.
This is a copy of the warranty we give on all stonework. It's important that anyone considering getting stonework done by us read the warranty before deciding. The only significant problem that we run into is people using salt or chemical de-icers on flagstone. That is not permissable and is not covered by the warranty. That topic is covered in section #2.