It never fails. You get home from work to find that your refrigerator has leaked all over your laminate flooring and you now have to replace some damaged planks. You did not have any extra left over from your installation and when you call your flooring company you hear those words than no one wants to hear… Your flooring has been discontinued. What do you do now?
Don’t Freak Out
All hope is not lost. First thing you need to do is to find your paperwork with the manufacturer’s name, the flooring color name and model number on it. Next, you are going to hit the internet. Type in all of the information that you have available. For example: Quick Step Quadra, UF1276, Painted Desert. Carefully sort out the results and start checking stores for the flooring that you need. Be sure to keep a notepad close by as one store may have 1 box available but you need 4 boxes. You may need to buy from several different sources to get the amount that you need for your repair. Also, don’t be afraid to check eBay, Amazon and Craigslist as sometimes homeowners will post extra boxes of flooring that they no longer need. If you are lucky enough to find a store that has several boxes left in stock, consider buying a few extra boxes so that you will have it available in the event that you would ever need it again. At Bestlaminate, we occasionally have flooring that is discontinued leftover for really great prices in our Remnants section!
Worst Case Scenario
Now lets look at the worst case scenario. You cannot find a single box on the entire internet. What now? Do you have the flooring installed in any closets, a pantry or maybe an extra bedroom? You can pull the flooring from these areas to replace the damaged flooring in the main area of your home. By pulling from another area you can preserve the main living space and then focus on a solution for that closet or bedroom. So let’s say that you have this flooring in a closet. You can remove that material, fix your damaged area and then find a different laminate or a loose lay vinyl that you can use to quickly fix the smaller problem. Do you need more flooring for your repair than the closet can offer you? Pull from an extra bedroom and replace that with a laminate that either compliments it or is opposite of what you have in the other areas of you home. Don’t try to get an exact match as it will become more noticeable and end up looking terrible. Do something totally different with that space and make it look like it belongs in there and that you chose to decorate it that way. You will be very happy with the results.
If you want to know if we have a specific flooring that has been discontinued, be sure to check our website or call us at 1-800-520-0961 for assistance!
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