Any time there are ways to protect an investment, it’s worth being informed and knowing your options. There’s no doubt that new flooring is a significant project – and an investment, so be sure to consider the types of warranties available for your flooring and their scope before making a final decision. Comprehensive warranties protect your investment and offer peace of mind by covering the quality, durability, and longevity of your flooring.
Specifics to Consider
When looking at warranty coverage, one of the first things to pay attention to is the coverage period. Depending on the brand and the type of flooring, the duration of the warranty can vary considerably. A longer warranty term generally indicates the manufacturer’s confidence in the durability of their product. The longer the coverage term the better. However, if the coverage term is reasonable for the type of flooring, you should still consider it a good policy.
Don’t forget to also consider the types of coverage offered. Different types of flooring may need specific coverage.
- If you’re considering any type of vinyl or laminate flooring, look for a warranty with coverage for wear layer performance.
- Some flooring will come with coverage for stain resistance. It’s important to be sure the warranty is clear about what types of stains are covered and if there are maintenance requirements for maintaining coverage.
- Lastly, a comprehensive warranty should have a provision for structural integrity. This would protect you in the event that the flooring warps or has significant cracks post installation.
You can expect your floor’s warranty to have specific terms that outline the installation requirements. In some cases, the flooring must be installed by a professional in order to qualify for the manufacturer’s warranty. All specific installation requirements must be followed correctly to prevent voiding the warranty.
It’s equally important to ensure you understand all limitations and exclusions. These will outline what steps must be taken both during and after installation to maintain your warranty coverage. If you’re doing updates prior to selling your home, you should also consider having a warranty that can be transferred to the new owner, which can add value to the sale – be sure you note it in your listing!
It’s always a good idea to do a little research into the reputation of the manufacturer – or brand – offering the warranty. Read reviews and be on the lookout for those specifically discussing warranty claims. Even companies with great reputations sometimes need to do warranty work. Our goal is to work with manufacturers who have a history of delivering quality products and honoring warranties with minimal fuss. Getting an idea of how the process has gone for other homeowners instills confidence in the validity and reliability of the warranty.
At Flohr we can also help guide you toward products and manufacturers that have a good track record with us. There are a lot of choices for flooring, including many different manufacturers. Working with our team gives you the benefit of our experience with every aspect of the process. Give us a call. We’re ready to start your project!