Insurance for Tile and Terrazzo Contractors

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Why Tile and Terrazzo Contractors Need Insurance

Companies categorized under this industry work with ceramic tile, stone, and terrazzo setting and installation.

As a tile or terrazzo contractor, customers rely on you to add beauty to their homes. Whether you work with ceramic tile, stone, or terrazzo, attention to detail and your workmanship are essential in delivering quality work homeowners and businesses can be proud of. These aren’t the only things you need to be concerned with. Tile and Terrazzo contractors are also risk claims and lawsuits.

Risks Tile And Terrazzo Contractors Face Include

  • Third-party Injury: Your employees need materials and equipment on site to deliver quality work. As much as you train them to maintain their workspace, it is easy for them to forget about organization. In some cases, customers or visitors trip over these materials and injure themselves. When that occurs, you are financially responsible.
  • Property Damage: You complete services at the customer’s location which means you risk damage to property that isn’t yours. If your employees damage customers’ fixtures or flooring, you are responsible for replacing or repairing it.
  • Car Accidents: When employees travel to their job sites, they are considered on the clock. If they cause an accident driving a business vehicle or their personal vehicles, your tile and terrazzo business is responsible for all damages.
  • Employee Injury: Even though employees are trained to use specialty equipment, accidents do happen. When employees are injured on-the-job, it is their employer’s responsibility to pay medical expenses.
  • Loss of Business Property: You store thousands of dollars of material and equipment in a warehouse. What happens if a fire destroys it or a criminal steals or vandalizes it?

Buying insurance for your tile and terrazzo contractor business is the only way to protect your finances, reputation, and ability to continue business.

What Types of Coverage Do Tile And Terrazzo Contractors Need

Tile and terrazzo contractors have many available insurance policies to choose from. Every contractor needs to buy general liability, commercial property, and worker’s compensation insurance. Some may also want to consider business auto if they own a fleet of vehicles or errors and omissions insurance.

  • General Liability: Pays for expenses including costs to defend, replace property, medical expenses for third party injuries, or settlements. Claims can vary from damaged property to lawsuits alleging your final product isn’t adequate.
  • Commercial Property: Commercial property or business property pays costs to rebuild or replace damaged buildings and business property like tools and materials. It is also important to add loss of business income to cover expenses and lost income if you have to close during construction.
  • Worker’s Compensation: Some states require work comp depending on the number of employees you have. It pays medical expenses and lost wages when an employee gets injured while working.
  • Errors & Omissions: Also referred to as E&O insurance, this policy pays if a customer sues saying the work you completed is faulty or caused further damage to their home or building. This coverage also extends to protect you if you contract the work to another party.
  • Business Auto: Covers auto accident claims and pays for damage to a business vehicle as well as additional damages you are held liable for.

Tile and Terrazzo Contractor Insurance Cost

Every tile and terrazzo contractor is unique in how you conduct business, which means no two contractors will pay the same price for insurance. Carriers look at your experience, employee experience and training, and contracts you use to help calculate premium. Request a quote below to calculate your insurance costs today.

What type of insurance does this industry need?

Policy What is it? Why get it Popularity in your industry Want free quotes?
General Liability
This policy protects your business in case of third party claims, such as bodily injury or property damage. For example, the common "slip-and-fall" claim would be covered by your General Liability policy. General Liability insurance is often considered to be the core coverage, particularly for businesses that regularly physically interact with customers or sell physical goods. In addition, many businesses have a contract, like a loan or a lease, requiring that they have this coverage.

What is it: This policy protects your business in case of third party claims, such as bodily injury or property damage. For example, the common "slip-and-fall" claim would be covered by your General Liability policy.

Why get it: General Liability insurance is often considered to be the core coverage, particularly for businesses that regularly physically interact with customers or sell physical goods. In addition, many businesses have a contract, like a loan or a lease, requiring that they have this coverage.

Professional Liability
This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to a mistake or error made in a professional capacity. Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require Professional Liability coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, Professional Liability coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

What is it: This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to a mistake or error made in a professional capacity.

Why get it: Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require Professional Liability coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, Professional Liability coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

Workers Compensation
Workers Compensation covers an employee's lost wages and the cost of resulting medical treatment if they suffer a work-related injury or disease. It also covers services needed to help the employee recover and return to work. Workers Compensation coverage is mandatory in most states. The number of employees after which it's required differs by state, but you will generally need coverage once you have employees.

What is it: Workers Compensation covers an employee's lost wages and the cost of resulting medical treatment if they suffer a work-related injury or disease. It also covers services needed to help the employee recover and return to work.

Why get it: Workers Compensation coverage is mandatory in most states. The number of employees after which it's required differs by state, but you will generally need coverage once you have employees.

Inland Marine
Inland Marine insurance covers goods in-transit either on land or through shallow water, as well as certain types of movable property (such as medical equipment). If your business has valuable equipment which regularly needs to be moved, then this can be a core policy to protect your property.

What is it: Inland Marine insurance covers goods in-transit either on land or through shallow water, as well as certain types of movable property (such as medical equipment).

Why get it: If your business has valuable equipment which regularly needs to be moved, then this can be a core policy to protect your property.

Commercial Auto
Commercial Auto insurance provides coverages such as liability, collision, comprehensive, medical payments and uninsured motorist coverage. Any vehicle on the road must be insured, and any incidents that occur while a vehicle is being used for business purposes may not be covered by a personal auto policy. That's why it is so important to make sure you have Commercial Auto insurance for any vehicles owned by the business.

What is it: Commercial Auto insurance provides coverages such as liability, collision, comprehensive, medical payments and uninsured motorist coverage.

Why get it: Any vehicle on the road must be insured, and any incidents that occur while a vehicle is being used for business purposes may not be covered by a personal auto policy. That's why it is so important to make sure you have Commercial Auto insurance for any vehicles owned by the business.

Umbrella Insurance
Umbrella insurance offers excess liability protection in the case that your General Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability coverage is insufficient. It essentially acts as a "back-up" plan, providing additional financial protection in the case that your business faces a particularly large claim that exceeds a single policy's limits. This policy can be particularly valuable for a business that faces a variety of risks and has multiple liability policies.

What is it: Umbrella insurance offers excess liability protection in the case that your General Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability coverage is insufficient. It essentially acts as a "back-up" plan, providing additional financial protection in the case that your business faces a particularly large claim that exceeds a single policy's limits.

Why get it: This policy can be particularly valuable for a business that faces a variety of risks and has multiple liability policies.

Errors & Omissions (E&O)
This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to an error or omission on your part. Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require E&O coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, E&O coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

What is it: This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to an error or omission on your part.

Why get it: Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require E&O coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, E&O coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

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