One Floor, Many Warranties
Available warranties are an important purchase consideration for any new wood floor. When it comes to flooring warranties, however, the landscape is quite complex. Unlike a new television that probably only has one kind of warranty available, wood floors often have several. Each manufacturer is different, so consumers must proceed with caution.
What is a Structural Warranty?
This type of warranty relates to structural integrity and applies most often to an engineered wood floor. The warranty states that the layers of the flooring will not separate or become “un-laminated.” Many manufacturers now offer a lifetime structural warranty on their engineered flooring products.
What is a Bond Warranty?
A bond warranty relates to the gluing down of a wooden floor; hence, it only applies in cases where the floor is attached using glue rather than the traditional nails or screws. Such warranties require that floors are installed using the adhesive products specified by the manufacturer.
What is a Moisture Warranty?
In solid wood floors, this warranty can relate to the degree to which the floor’s finish resists the intrusion of moisture. Sometimes the warranty also covers the issue of moisture coming up from below the wood floor. In these cases, various requirements apply. Consumers must have installed the correct moisture barrier, used the specified adhesives, and sometimes, they must even have conducted a moisture test prior to final installation.
Warranties cover unexpected damage but not ordinary maintenance such as the floor sanding services that are periodically required to make a wood floor once again look as good as new.