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Laminate Flooring Warranties – How Are You Covered?

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Laminate flooring is such a durable product that the mammoth laminate flooring warranties it carries come as no surprise. Laminate flooring warranties tend to dwarf those of all other flooring products and can range from 10 to 30 years, with even lifetime warranties occasionally offered.

So what exactly does a laminate flooring warranty cover? Most laminate flooring warranties will cover the following:

  • It will not stain
  • It will not wear through to the decorative design surface
  • It will not fade from sunlight whether direct or indirect
  • It will not have any manufacturing defects

It is important you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance and installation instructions by the book. Don’t get caught out by ignoring the small print because you’ll often find this will invalidate your warranty. Generally laminate flooring warranties are only valid for the manufacturer’s defects, which means that if you damage your floor during installation or maintenance and it becomes apparent that you did something against the manufacturer’s guidelines, then you will not be covered.

Some examples of breaching the manufacturer’s laminate flooring installation guidelines can include the following:

  • Material damaged in transit to the place of installation
  • Accidents or unnecessary abuse
  • Not following the manufacturer’s installation instructions
  • Poor workmanship
  • Not allowing the floor to acclimate for 48 hours before installation
  • Using nails to nail the floor down into the sub-floor
  • Not installing on an even, clean, dirt free or dry surface
  • Not using an underlay
  • Not using expansion spacers to allow the floor to expand or contract
  • Inappropriate removal or replacement of planks

Some examples of breaching the manufacturer’s laminate flooring maintenance guidelines can include the following:

  • Using bleach or abrasive cleaners
  • Using steel wool or scouring pads
  • Using wax or polish (remember, laminate floors are not real wood!)
  • Damage caused by pet urine
  • Water damage created by excessive use of water from mopping
  • Not using the manufacturer’s own brand of cleaning product

Click here to read our tips for cleaning laminate flooring.

In order for the laminate flooring warranty to be valid, it is therefore vital that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines strictly, because as you can see from the above, there are a lot of things they can catch you out on.

When you begin installation, take note of the space in which you’re going to be installing and make sure the floor along with the underlay you’ve chosen is suitable for that room. Bathrooms are always a tricky one.

If damage does occur, even after following the guidelines like a Saint and with normal use of the floor, then reputable laminate flooring manufacturers will replace the defective parts for little or no cost, depending on the laminate flooring warranty’s stipulations of course.

If you need to make a claim, make sure you are adamant that you followed the instructions and it was nothing of your fault that caused the damage. Have all the relevant information on hand: your receipt, contractor’s invoice and any proof you can get that will back your claim. Photographic proof will always help.

Also note that laminate flooring warranties rarely cover scratches to the surface, but they will cover fading, stains, moisture damage and premature wear and tear. Be savvy and clarify these points before you purchase!

For a quote from one of the best laminate flooring manufacturers in China, that can produce your floors to guarantee 20 to 30 year laminate flooring warranties, visit Sunspeed Flooring or email them today for a quote: sales@sunspeedflooring.com