Laminate floor care, maintenance and warranty guide

 

Laminate… The right choice for you…


WHY CHOOSE LAMINATE?


Today’s laminate floors offer realistic looking hardwoods, ceramic, stones, and other patterns and colors with accurate surface textures that are practically indistinguishable from the real thing, while being a budget friendly alternative.

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Laminate can be installed on all grades of floors – but is not recommended for bathrooms or rooms with excessive moisture. Because of its durability laminate is perfect for high traffic areas.


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Laminate Care and Maintenance


Laminate flooring brings the beauty of a natural wood floor and the easy maintenance of a resilient floor together so you can have the style you want and the carefree maintenance you need. While laminate flooring is remarkably durable, there is, of course, no such thing as an indestructible flooring material. By observing the following precautions, you can expect years of beauty from your laminate floor.

For general cleaning, use a dust mop or wipe occasionally with a damp cotton or cloth mop. If heavier cleaning is needed, an occasional damp mopping with Resista® Floor Cleaner or other mild cleaning product is suggested. Do not use soap or detergent-based cleaners, wax-based products, or any type of polish as they leave a dull, filmy residue. Do not flood your floor with water or clean with a steam cleaner.

To help eliminate fine particles of dirt and grit that act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor, vacuum or sweep daily. The vacuum head must be a felt or brush type. Be certain that the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. DO NOT USE A VACUUM WITH A BEATER BAR HEAD UNLESS THE BEATER BAR IS SWITCHED OFF.

Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and Resista® Floor Cleaner or other cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to keep pet nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt and gravel that may scratch your floor.
Place protective pads beneath furniture legs, tables, and other easily movable furniture to reduce scratches. Replace plastic casters on chairs with rubber wheels, and lift rather than slide heavy objects across the floor.

Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. Spiked or stiletto high-heel shoes may cause damage to laminate floors due to the extremely high compressive force they generate. Such footwear can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1,000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build.
As added protection, use dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to help keep sand, dirt, and grit off your laminate floor.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Exclusive Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® Five-Star Laminate Warranties


The Five-Star Selection System is an independent rating system designed to guide you in choosing the right floor for your needs. One to five stars indicate levels of performance and durability to ensure your satisfaction. Look for the Star Rating on all product labels.

Confidence Warranty


All of our Star Rated laminates carry a 30-Day Confidence Warranty. If at any time during the first 30 days after your flooring is installed you wish to change your new laminate for a different Star Rated style or color, your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer will replace it with a different Star Rated laminate style or color of equal or lesser value. Should you wish to replace your flooring with a Star Rated laminate upgrade, you may do so by paying the difference in retail price. Any increase in cost due to industry price increases will be the customer's responsibility. No monetary compensation will be paid if a lower priced product is selected.

This is a one-time only replacement. Simply call your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer within 30 days of installation and indicate you wish to choose another Star Rated laminate floor using the Confidence Warranty, and provide your sales receipt. This is a replacement warranty and does not apply to matters covered by other warranties.

Any replacement product cannot be the same style and color as the original purchase. Replacement includes materials only and does not include reinstallation charges. Labor costs to remove and reinstall flooring, move furniture, permanent constructions (built-ins such as cabinets and bookcases), equipment, or electronics are the responsibility of the customer.

No replacements will be made with respect to flooring that has been subjected to abuse, improper maintenance, vandalism, alteration; or damage caused by smoke, fire, flood, wind, lightning, or any other casualty event.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Confidence Plus™ Warranty


All Five-Star and Four-Star flooring carries a Confidence Plus™ Warranty. If, within the time frame of this warranty (90 days after installation for Five-Star floors; 60 days after installation for Four-Star floors) and after 30 days of living on your new floor, you wish to change your floor for any reason, your retailer will replace it with another style or color of flooring of equal value. Should you wish to replace the laminate floor with a flooring upgrade, you may do so by paying the difference in price. Any increase in cost due to industry price increases will be the customer’s responsibility. No monetary compensation will be paid if a lower priced floor is selected.

This is a one-time only replacement. Simply call your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer within the time frame of the warranty and indicate you wish to choose another Star Rated laminate under the Confidence Plus™ Warranty. This is a style and color replacement warranty and does not apply to matters covered by other warranties.

Replacement includes material and labor. Labor to move furniture, permanent construction (built-ins such as cabinets and bookcases), equipment, or electronics is the responsibility of the customer. Any replacement product cannot be the same style and color as the original purchase.

No replacement will be made with respect to laminate that has been subjected to abuse, improper maintenance, vandalism, alteration; or damage caused by smoke, fire, flood, wind, lightning, or any other casualty event. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of a Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® style laminate floor that has been professionally installed by a Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer or Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® authorized independent installer.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Price Protection Guarantee


Our buying power allows us to buy big and pass volume-purchase savings directly on to you. We feel confident that our prices are the most competitive in the market and assure you that you will not find a lower price at any other floor covering retailer in your area. However, if within 30 days of making your purchase, you should happen to find a lower Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® first quality product of the same brand and styles as the flooring you purchased, we will happily refund your money. It’s our Price Protection Guarantee, and it’s simple. Just present your retailer with the competitor’s advertisement or written estimate for the same floor, and you take home the difference in price! Price Protection applies to materials only.

Price Protection Guarantee applies only to local retail store pricing and/or purchases. Online retailers and wholesalers are excluded. "Local retail store" is defined as a permanent building/structure containing outdoor signage with store name, street address, customer parking, and phone contact information listed in a public phone directory.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Lifetime Installation Warranty


Your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer guarantees the quality of workmanship to be professional and in keeping with industry standards. Should further service be required due to deficiencies in the original installation of your laminate floor, your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer will return and provide that service at no cost to you for the life of the floor. "Life of Floor" means the length of the Limited Wear Warranty specified by the warranty level corresponding to the laminate floor you purchased. (See the Exclusive Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® Five-Star Laminate Warranties on page 6 for further details.)

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Limited Wear Warranty


Providing that your floor is used in a residential setting under normal residential traffic conditions and with proper care and maintenance, your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer warrants that from the date of the original installation the finish of your laminate floor will not wear-through for the period specified by the warranty level of the product purchased. (See the Exclusive Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® Five-Star Laminate Warranties on page 6 for complete details of the warranty terms.)

Wear-through is defined as loss of the decorative surface image due to normal household use. Gloss reduction is not considered surface wear. "Life of Floor" means the length of the Limited Wear Warranty specified by the warranty level corresponding to the laminate you purchased. (See the warranty information Exclusive Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® Five-Star Laminate Warranties on page 6 for further details.) Surface wear must be readily visible, approximately 1/2 square inch or greater.

Should you feel that your laminate floor is not wearing properly, contact your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer. If the image layer of your laminate floor wears through during the warranty period, your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer will repair or replace the affected area.

This Limited Wear Warranty applies only to the original purchaser and installation site and is not transferable. This limited warranty excludes damage caused by improper care and maintenance; misuse, abrasives, insufficient protection from furniture; damage caused by vacuum cleaner beater bars and metal caster wheels; wet mopping, scratches, or indentations caused by spiked-heel shoes and pet nails; or any casualty event.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Limited Stain Warranty


Now you can have the beauty of a wood floor and enjoy the easy maintenance you’d expect with a resilient floor. Laminate floors come as close as possible to being maintenance-free and are extremely resistant to stains. All Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® laminate floors carry a stain resistance warranty guaranteeing that, with proper care and maintenance, your laminate floor will not permanently stain from common household use for the period of warranty coverage. Excluded from "common household use" is the use of any caustic chemicals on your floor, the use of any unapproved manufacturer cleaning solution on your floor, or exposure of the floor to other substances not part of ordinary household use.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Limited Fade Warranty


Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® warrants that with proper care and maintenance, your laminate floor will not fade from exposure to sunlight or artificial light for the length of the warranty period. You can be assured that your laminate flooring will maintain its fresh look and color for many years to come.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Limited Water Resistance Warranty


When installed following manufacturer’s instructions, your laminate floor will resist water damage under normal use for the length of the warranty, including damages caused by damp mopping and topical spills that are promptly removed.

This warranty excludes all casualty events resulting in water coming in contact with your floor and failures normally covered by homeowners insurance including, but not limited to, damages caused by flooding or standing water from leaky pipes, faucets, or household appliances. Also excluded are damages caused by flooding or standing water from hydrostatic pressure or other casualty events.

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

Limited Locking System Warranty


When used under normal residential traffic conditions with proper care and maintenance, your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer warrants to the original purchaser, that the joints of your laminate floor will remain securely locked together to ensure snug, close-fitting seams with no separation or cracking for the period specified (see page 6 for details of warranty terms).

(See General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties on pages 10-11 for other conditions that apply.)

General Terms and Conditions for Laminate Warranties


In addition to the requirements specified for each respective limited warranty, the following general terms and conditions apply to each of the limited warranties unless otherwise specified.

  1. These limited warranties apply only to laminate installed in owner-occupied residential spaces where no commercial activity takes place. For purposes of these limited warranties, the terms "commercial activity" and "commercial application" shall mean an activity or application engaged in for business purposes, regardless of where such activity or application takes place, including but not limited to, such activity or application taking place in a store, office, warehouse, plant, facility, or other place of business or residential dwelling.
  2. These limited warranties apply only to the original purchaser and installation site and are not transferable.
  3. These limited warranties exclude laminate flooring that has been put to abnormal use or conditions or abused in any way. "Abnormal use or conditions" includes, but is not limited to, water damage from plumbing, storm, or flood; damage from smoke or fire; or other casualty event. These limited warranties do not cover indentations, scratches, stains; or damage caused by negligence, moisture, erosion, pebbles, sand, or other abrasives; pets, spiked-heel shoes, insufficient furniture protection; or improper alterations of the original manufactured product. "Abuse" is any use of the flooring that is unreasonable considering the normal and expected uses of a laminate floor in a residence.
  4. These limited warranties do not apply to damages from exposure to extreme heat, dryness, or water saturation; or stains as a result of chemical or industrial products (other than recommended cleaning products).
  5. To qualify for repair or replacement, the original sales receipt or other documentation which demonstrates proof of purchase must be supplied.
  6. These warranties apply only to residential installations performed by a Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer or Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® authorized independent installer.
  7. Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® SHALL UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES BASED UPON THE FOREGOING WARRANTIES, CONTRACTS, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL CLAIM. Some states and provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. The foregoing warranties give you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state or province to province.
  8. If there is a conflict between these general terms and conditions and the limited warranties as specified, the limited warranties as specified shall control.
  9. The terms of the warranty begin on the date of the installation.
  10. Should you feel that your laminate floor is not performing according to the terms in this warranty, contact your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer. This warranty is conditioned upon your Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® retailer’s receipt of notice in writing of the alleged issue prior to expiration of the limited warranty period and evidence that the floor was properly installed and not subject to any of the conditions herein defined to void the conditions of the warranty. These warranties apply on the condition that installation and regular and preventive maintenance have been carried out as recommended in this guide.

NOTE: Certain restrictions may apply. See your retailer for more specific information concerning the recommended cleaning methods for your specific laminate.