Read the Fine Print on Your Kitchen Installation Warranties
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How do kitchen cabinet design warranties work?
Remember, the kitchen cabinet design process should include a clear understanding of any warranties that accompany all your supplies—from cabinetry, hardware and other accessories to the construction and limitations of such a warranty. Keep in mind that knowing and understanding this information is your responsibility, not that of your kitchen designer. Don't be swayed by nice-looking, custom features and don't assume that the higher-priced products will never break down or be defective. Before you buy, make sure you have reviewed— in writing—any warranties that come with kitchen supplies. Here are some items to look for:
- How long is the warranty? This may include a number of years or it may include the time your own your home or it may include a lifetime warranty. Most experts would agree that higher-priced custom cabinets should include a lifetime warranty.
- Is the warranty transferable? If so, this may increase the value of your home if you sell it.
- Does the warranty cover installation? If not, make sure you read and understand those warranties separately.
- Does the warranty include the cost of re-installing a defective part? Believe it or not, this may not always be the case.
Also, you should be aware of how you should file a warranty claim. Some companies will give you an address or phone number to call. You should also cover with your kitchen sales rep what will happen if the store or your particular kitchen supplier goes out of business. With all that's happening during a kitchen design process, you might be tempted to toss aside warranty information but this could cost you a lot of money in the long run.