Category: Performance Bond

April 14, 2022

Performance Bonds for Private Construction

Surety Bond Professionals is a family owned and operated bonding agency with over 30 years of experience. With access to a broad range of surety markets, our expert agents are ready to assist with all of your construction bond needs. What Are Performance Bonds? Performance bonds are surety bonds commonly used in the construction industry to protect project owners against the risk of default by contractors who cannot complete a job under contractual requirements. A performance bond transfers that risk from the project owner to a “surety,” typically an insurance company or division of an insurance company. Surety bonding dates back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians and has developed over the millennia to its current form. Since 1893, law has mandated performance bonds for federally funded projects. Under the Miller Act of 1932, performance bonds and payment bonds are required for all federal construction contracts valued in excess of $100,000. At the state level, similar legislation, commonly referred to as “Little Miller Acts,” requires both performance and payment bonds for state-funded public works projects. Today, performance bonds, once exclusively used in taxpayer-funded construction, are increasingly required by private construction project owners. Why Are Performance Bonds Now Being Required...

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February 7, 2017

A Quick Guide to Surety Bond Terms

Once you have made the decision that a surety bond can help grow your business, knowing the basic construction surety bond terms can help to expedite the application process.  And, it also helps to know which bond you will need for specific parts of the project.  Yet, if looking for a more comprehensive description, our other blogs on the topic can help. What is a Bid Bond? A project owner may require this bond when bidding for a job.   Usually needed in public construction projects, it ensures that the bidder is able to complete the job at their proposed bid. What is a Payment Bond? This bond protects those associated with the jobs.  This may include other contractors, subcontractors, laborers and material suppliers. What is a Performance Bond? This ensures that the job will be completed as per the contractual stipulations. What is an Ancillary Bond? Not used as often as the previous bonds, this bond covers specifications not mentioned in the contract.  For example, stylistic elements. What is a Subdivision Bond? A project owner may require this bond to cover such projects as replacing a sidewalk or sewer system. These five terms can help you to decide which...

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