What is a Colorado Contract Bond?

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Colorado Contract BondA Contract Bond is created to ensure that the contractor will satisfy the obligations stated in the contract.

This is a standard bond commonly used for construction projects in Colorado and the rest of the states.

Both private and government construction projects require a surety bond. In the case of government construction projects, the federal Miller Act requires that a bond is secured for projects exceeding $100,000.


Types of Contract Bonds

A Contract Bond is further subdivided into different types. The primary contract bonds used in a construction project are as follows:

Bid Bond

A type of surety bond wherein the surety guarantees the obligee or the construction project owner that the principal will execute the contract awarded to him.

In the case of non-compliance or if the principal abandons the project, the surety assures the construction project owner that he will be paid for the difference between the principal’s bid and the lowest amount the contract may be awarded.

Performance Bond

The surety guarantees the obligee that the principal will fulfill his contractual duties. If the principal fails to do so, the surety will pay the obligee the performance cost’s excess amount.

Payment Bond

The surety will assure the obligee that the principal’s construction workers, suppliers, and subcontractors will be paid. In most states, the payment bond is referred to as the “Little Miller Act.”


Other Types of Contract Bonds

The construction project owner or the obligee may require these other types of Contract Bonds to ensure the project’s proper outcome:

Maintenance Bond – A warranty that will cover any defective materials used in the project or poor workmanship for one year after the project’s completion.

Supply Bond – A guarantee that the necessary supplies needed for the construction project will be delivered on time.

Subcontractor Bond – An assurance that the subcontractor will fulfill his contractual obligations to either the prime contractor, the obligee, or both.


What are the bond amounts and conditions?

Whatever the contract bond may be, the key parties will always remain the same. It will be a legally binding agreement between these three:

  • Principal – The contractor who will be obtaining the bond from the surety bond company
  • Obligee – The owner of the construction project to whom the bond is purchased
  • Surety – the surety bond company that will shoulder the payment to the obligee in case the principal doesn’t fulfill his obligations

Both the amount of the bond and the conditions will depend on the full amount of the contract and the type of bond.

The Bid Bond amount is usually 5% up to 10% of the total contract amount. Performance bond amount, on the other hand, starts at 2.5%, while a Payment Bond’s minimum amount is 3% of the contract amount.

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How can I obtain a Contract Bond?

You must first determine the kind of bond that your client requires. Once you have established that, you must submit a bond application.

The next step would be the underwriting process. An underwriter will evaluate pertinent information such as your financial history, construction company history, and your credit score.

Once that’s been satisfied, we will execute the bond and send it to you immediately.


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