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The Wayward Porch Light: The Results
December 1, 2015
The Wayward Porch Light: The Results

Last week, we asked you what you thought of a homeowner’s complaint that their porch light was mounted halfway on the door trim and the vinyl siding.

The lighting fixture is visibly straddling two different parts of the facade. At first glance, it just doesn’t look nice.
To help us out with the answer, we asked Dan, part of our Stakeholder Relations team: “To me this is an example of poor workmanship. The lighting fixture is visibly straddling two different parts of the facade. At first glance, it just doesn’t look nice. However, aesthetics alone would probably not be enough to make this a warranted issue. The clincher here is that the fixture is sitting on an angle. Since the vinyl siding and door are not flush with each other water, snow or ice could work its way in behind the fixture and cause it to fail. The installation is not just unsightly, it’s incorrect and unprofessional. The builder needs to address this by mounting the porch light wholly on either surface.”

Answer: Warranted.

Thank you for your feedback! Every time you let us know what you think, other homeowners are empowered. Stay tuned for our next “Warranted or Not Warranted?” story.

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