Save those Flooring scraps!

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DO NOT THROW OUT THE SCRAPS or EXTRA MATERIAL.

We know, we hear it all the time, most of you throw out the carpet scraps, small pieces of tile or vinyl, or small cut laminate or hardwood boards because you think there isn’t enough to bother saving. We strongly advise you to store the extra material in a clean, dry space because…..

Carpet and Flooring is Warranted
Your flooring warranty may be limited to as little as 1 year, or as much as 50 years, but there is a warranty on every floor sold.

If a problem arises after installation, contact your retailer for advice. Your retailer may respond by inspecting the floor themselves or by commissioning an independent inspector, or they may choose to submit a claim to the manufacturer on your behalf. The manufacturer will then commission an independent inspector or send a Rep to look at your floor.

Flooring material may need to be tested to determine the cause of the complaint, and all to often we (inspectors) find there’s no material left over from the installation. Because most testing is destructive, an inspector cannot perform tests on the installed carpet or flooring.

There are certain circumstances when samples are needed and that’s when testing is the only reliable means of coming to a fair decision. A Carpet/Flooring inspector may ask for a sample and explain that testing needs to be performed. A Carpet/Flooring inspector will not cut your floor because they can’t responsible for the damages, but they may let you to do the cutting.

Common Carpet Tests:

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There are hundreds of tests available for every conceivable issue. The most common tests for commercial and residential carpet are Tuft Bind (tufts are coming out), Stain Resistance, Resistance to Staining, Extractable Matter, Colorfastness, Abrasion Resistance, Delamination Strength, Fiber weight, and Color match comparison (to store sample),

Engineered wood flooring:

engineered-wood-floor-delaminateDelamination is one of the major concerns related to engineered wood flooring. Delamination occurs when the layers of engineered wood flooring separate.

Delamination claims require Bond-Line testing by a certified lab . For accurate testing, 10 uninstalled boards are needed to obtain 20 samples. If having and extra 10 boards on hand means ordering an extra carton of material – it is well worth the investment and future peace of mind.

Bond-Line tests the integrity of the adhesive bond within the flooring. First, the glue bonds between the flooring veneers within the flooring should not fail because of any normally lived-in humidity condition. The HPVA/ ANSI standard bond line tests are very aggressive in that the test pieces are soaked and then forcibly dried at an elevated temperature of 120 degrees F. Even relative humidity near 10% if found in a residence doesn’t approach the stresses generated by the soaking and drying cycle of the ANSI test. Veneer bond failure or delamination only occurs when the adhesive fails as a result of a manufacturing error or a catastrophic condition such as a flood occurs within the home.


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