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Indoor Sports Monthly – May 2015

Volume 4, Issue 8

Warranties are a fundamental part of your sports floor, but it can be the most difficult part to objectively measure. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly offers tips on how to evaluate and compare warranty coverage.

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Warranty Coverage: Comparing Apples and Oranges

One of the more intimidating parts of a sports flooring decision is comparing warranty coverage between products. Why is it so difficult? Even though the coverage periods may be the same, each warranty has its own terms and exceptions that make them fundamentally different. Despite the complexity, it is worth evaluating warranties because it can tell you a lot about the level of confidence a manufacturer has in its product, not to mention its intentions for customer service. Here are a few “red flags” that can help you sort out the fine print:

Coverage periods are important, but pay close attention to the limitations and exceptions applied in a warranty. Some manufacturers may use an impressive term, 10 or 15 years for example, but if you read the limitations, you find that it doesn’t apply to things like “normal wear and tear.” This means the manufacturer has a loophole to avoid any responsibility, regards of the length of coverage.

Is the warranty coverage prorated? If you find language that includes phrases like “obsolescence factor” or “contingent on the product’s period of use”, read carefully. It may mean that the amount of coverage decreases over time. This indicates a lack of confidence on the part of the manufacturer and it is a way they can publicize a long warranty period, without fully covering the product for that length of time.

Is the manufacturer reluctant to give you a copy of the warranty language? This could be a big “red flag” indicating that the manufacturer knows its warranty offers poor coverage. The warranty is a fundamental part of your floor and you have every right to evaluate it thoroughly.

Phthalates in Flooring are on the Way Out

In a sweeping move earlier this month, both Home Depot and Lowes have indicated that they will phase out vinyl flooring that is produced using phthalates. Phthalates are platicizer components used by some vinyl manufacturers to produce flooring. They are considered by many to be a health risk. The actions of Home Depot and Lowes indicate a broader trend to eventually end the use of phthalates.

Luckily, if you use Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports flooring, you are ahead of the times. Omnisports is unique among resilient sports flooring in that it already uses phthalate-free manufacturing technology. The plasticizer components used to make Omnisports are the same that are approved for children’s toys and food containers. In this way, Tarkett is leading the industry in sustainable and healthy flooring.

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