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Truth about home fixture warranties

Some are vague about what's covered, what's not

Warranties are something we see on a myriad of home improvement products, from roofing and siding to faucets and electrical outlets. They're intended to give the consumer some specific legal recourse should the product fail to perform properly, as well as some general psychological peace of mind. But how valuable are warranties? Do they cover what you think they do, and can you rely on them to really protect your financial investment in the event of a problem? The truth is: probably not as much as you'd hoped. READ, READ, READ The first thing you need to do with any warranty is to request and read a copy of it before you make your purchase. Some warranties are very simple and straightforward, and others are lengthy, convoluted and fraught with legalese. Nevertheless, you need to read it to the best of your ability. One of the first things you will notice about virtually any warranty is that it is tied to very specific steps that must be followed by the person installing th...

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