Installation floater coverage
If you run a contracting business, it’s very likely that you’re installing materials and/or fixtures as part of construction or renovation projects. Did you know that your business contents insurance only covers those materials while they’re in your shop or warehouse? Your customer’s home or business property insurance doesn’t apply until the materials are installed and the client signs off.
If your materials are stolen or damaged while awaiting installation or during the project itself, it could cost your business thousands of dollars. The best protection is to add an installation floater to your contractor insurance policy. This will help ensure your construction materials are covered end to end.
An installation floater is a form of builder’s risk insurance and the coverage is typically all risks, which means any cause of loss is covered unless it is specifically excluded. An installation floater can cover:
- Roofing shingles
- Wood, laminate and other flooring
- Pipe and plumbing fixtures
- Wiring, lighting and electrical fixtures
- And more
If you’re a subcontractor, you may be covered under the general contractor’s builder’s risk policy, but this isn’t always the case. Speak with one of our commercial insurance experts today to go over all your contractor insurance needs. We’ll be happy to advise you on how to best protect yourself and your business.
Does your contracting business need an installation floater?
Not all contracting businesses require an installation floater. For example, companies involved primarily in repair and service may not need it. Here are some businesses that should consider this coverage:
Part of a comprehensive contractor insurance policy
If your contracting business requires an installation floater, it’s as part of a larger contractor insurance package that will include general liability coverage, coverage for your tools and vehicles, and a commercial property policy to protect your office or shop.
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Good to know: Common questions about installation floater insurance
Why should I consider adding installation floater insurance?
An installation floater is a type of builder’s risk insurance that protects materials and equipment from the time a contractor takes possession of them until the materials are installed and the client signs off that the work is complete. As a contractor, if you don’t have this floater as part of your policy, you could be exposed to tens of thousands of dollars in losses if materials or equipment are stolen or damaged before the customer signs off on the job.
Who needs an installation floater?
If you are a contractor installing something as part of a larger job, it’s a good idea to purchase installation floater insurance or confirm whether the general contractor or the manufacturer already have this coverage.
For example, if your run an electrical contractor business that is installing wiring and lighting fixtures, you should make sure the materials are covered either by a builder’s risk policy or an installation floater.
What does an installation floater cover?
An installation floater can protect all of the building materials and fixtures you use during a project, but not your tools or vehicles, from any perils that are not specifically excluded. Typically this covers you for a lot of the same things that a commercial property policy covers including damage or loss from fire, wind, lightning, vandalism and theft.
How do I buy an installation floater?
Installation floaters can be added to a builder’s risk policy for a particular project. But more commonly, as a contractor that does installations all the time, you would add an installation floater with a rolling limit to your contractor insurance policy as an ongoing coverage. So for instance, if your rolling limit is $100,000, that means that at any given time you are covered for $100,000 worth of materials that are either being installed or awaiting installation.
What happens if a job is delayed or cancelled?
An installation floater that is tied to a particular project may have an end date, so if timelines change, you should let your broker know about the change to ensure there are no gaps in coverage. If you have an installation floater as part of your ongoing contractor insurance package, delays or other changes to individual projects don’t need to be communicated to the insurer.
How much is an installation floater?
The good news is that many reputable contractor insurance packages will include a certain amount of installation floater coverage. In cases where coverage is an add-on, you can expect to pay $100 – $125 a year per $50,000 of ongoing coverage.
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