The following information should be obvious to design professionals, contractors, builders, installers, purchasers and users of Sto’s materials but please take a moment to review this information and to take an opportunity to remember the importance of sound design and construction practices, methods and materials.
Sto’s materials are components of construction assemblies and are not consumer products. Serious damage to Sto’s materials and to the buildings and building components and assemblies into which they are incorporated can result from (1) improper use, application or installation, (2) use as part of improperly designed or constructed assemblies or buildings or with defective adjacent materials or assemblies, (3) failure to follow applicable specifications, instructions and construction details, or (4) other design or construction defects, deficiencies and failures. Any resulting accumulation of water and moisture in wall assemblies may cause damage to building components including delamination of wall coverings incorporating Sto’s materials, deterioration of internal wall components and mold. Sto sells its materials “as is” and disclaims all liability and warranties express or implied except for explicit limited written warranties issued to building owners in accordance with Sto’s approved warranty program offerings from time to time. Sto undertakes no responsibility for the quality of its materials except as otherwise provided in its approved warranty program offerings. Sto assumes no responsibility that its materials will be fit for any particular purpose, except as otherwise provided in Sto’s approved warranty program. Sto will not be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, or indirect damages (including lost profits) arising out of use of its materials.
Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties , so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.
Sto’s component materials are intended for application by qualified installers as specified by qualified design professionals. Sto’s component materials should be installed in accordance with written specifications, instructions, details and applicable code organization evaluation reports under supervision of qualified builders, general contractors, design professionals or independent inspectors. Please see the relevant guide specifications for qualification guidelines. Although every effort is made to ensure that the information is timely and correct, it is provided solely as a guide to assist the designer, specifier, builder, general contractor and/or installer. The responsibility remains with the designer, specifier, builder, general contractor and/or installer to apply the information provided by Sto properly to specific installations. Sto’s component materials should be installed only using suitable design and construction methods and with non-defective properly installed and constructed adjacent materials and assemblies.
Performance of the completed building components into which Sto’s component materials have been installed should be verified by testing and inspection as appropriate, carried out only by qualified persons. It is the user’s responsibility and obligation to provide for such inspection and testing.
Sto’s component materials are not designed or intended to be able to correct or prevent damage from faulty design or workmanship such as the absence or improper integration of flashing, nor are they designed or intended to correct or prevent damage from other defective components of construction that leak anywhere into the wall assembly. Flashing should always be integrated with the cladding to direct water to the exterior, not into the wall assembly, particularly at potential leak sources. The design/construction professional must take material compatibility and construction sequencing into account when designing a building exterior. Flashings, windows, roofs, doors and other building penetration and termination locations and adjacent materials should be fully evaluated, properly selected and constructed to prevent water entry into building assemblies. The accumulation of moisture behind Sto’s component materials may result in building damage. Qualified design and construction professionals should strictly comply with specified procedures for mixing, application and integration to avoid causing or contributing to potential water intrusion problems.
Sto disclaims, and assumes no, liability for on-site inspections, for improper application, assembly, installation or use of Sto’s materials or any assemblies into which they are incorporated, for incorporation as part of an improperly designed or constructed building, for the nonperformance of adjacent building components or assemblies, for all on-site construction activities (being beyond Sto’s control), or for any damage including water or moisture intrusion or delamination resulting in whole or in part because of any such occurrences. Before use, design professionals, owners and contractors should fully investigate Sto’s materials and assemblies into which they are incorporated to enable informed choices as to suitability for a particular project and proper design and implementation.
Purchasers of Sto’s component materials should share this Caution and Disclaimer information with purchasers or owners of buildings into which Sto’s materials are incorporated.
Sto Corp. Specifications and Detail Drawings
Sto Corp. provides comprehensive details intended to illustrate many common conditions that might be encountered by the Design Professional, General Contractor, Applicator, and other building professionals in their efforts to design a given project and to incorporate dissimilar systems and materials one with another. These details and specifications are the property of Sto Corp. and cannot be copied or used for any unauthorized use other than for the assistance of the project design team in the selection and specification of Sto Systems. Requests for unconventional uses may be submitted in writing to Sto Corp. for further consideration.