What Is a “Limited Lifetime Warranty”?
Human nature is a funny thing. People see the words, “Limited Lifetime Warranty”, and they tend to focus on the word “Lifetime”, when the word they should pay the most attention to is “Limited”. Very few manufacturers of any product you can think of would think of offering a no-holds-barred “Lifetime Warranty”. That would be like handing out a coupon for a free replacement under any circumstances — something that plenty of people would undoubtedly exploit!
Still, even though there are limits to most “lifetime” warranties, they’re usually not unreasonable, and in general, limited lifetime warranties by well-established, reputable companies are some of the best available. (It’s important to note that the “lifetime” referred to is rarely the lifetime of the purchaser, but rather the lifetime of the business or product itself. Once a product is discontinued, the length of time the manufacturer remains liable is specified in the warranty’s documentation or “fine print”.) Exclusions are often similar and run along the lines of
- normal wear and tear (Everything wears out over time.)
- abuse, accidents or alterations
- exposure to the elements (unless the product is specifically made for outdoor use)
- failure to follow product instructions or incorrect measurements or installation
- cost of removal or installation of replacements and shipping costs for returns or replacements
- occasional time limits on certain components of the product
In the case of window blinds and shades, there are three companies that offer the best warranties in the industry:
- Hunter Douglas
Only manufacturers of the highest quality products would offer such excellent warranties, and it’s a testament to their high level of confidence in their products that allows them to do so. Read on to see why these three industry leaders offer better warranties than their competitors.
The tagline on O’Hair’s Warranty reads, “good for the life of the home, not just the homeowner”. You’ve got to be hugely confident in your product’s quality to make that statement, and O’Hair has every reason for possessing that level of confidence. Their beautiful interior and exterior shutters are made in the U.S.A., which in itself is an unusual claim to make in today’s global economy, and an extremely important one to many consumers. They use only responsibly harvested American hardwoods in their product line, offer the most weather-resistant finishes for their exterior shutters, and produce truly beautiful, traditionally crafted products.
Their warranty has few exclusions — the normal wear and tear clause is there, along with a few other minor exclusions, but in general, it covers defects very well. The most amazing part of their warranty, though, is that it’s transferable. The warranty actually transfers to the new owner when you sell your house. That’s a very good warranty!
Nearly everybody recognizes the HunterDouglas name, which is certainly a testament to the quality of their products. They offer energy-efficient design, cordless and motorized options that focus on child and pet safety, and design and assemble all of their products in the U.S. Their warranty covers things like defects in materials and workmanship and failure to operate properly, and excludes the usual circumstances listed above. Since the company has been around for nearly a century and is still going strong, the “lifetime” in their warranty is a pretty solid one.
Graber Blinds is one of the brand names produced by Springs Window Fashions. They’re known for their high-quality materials, commitment to safety (offering cordless options for homes with children), and a focus on a great customer experience. In recent years, they’ve also instituted a strong eco-friendly manufacturing focus with things like energy-efficient products and materials and minimal packaging that uses at least 44% of post-consumer recycled materials. The company has been around for over three-quarters of a century, so it’s obvious they’ve earned a reputation for excellence that’s sustained them in a highly competitive industry. All this enables them to offer a stellar warranty that covers virtually everything with few exclusions (normal wear and tear, damage caused by abuse, mishandling, alterations, etc.).
If you’re looking for the best-quality window fashions with the very best warranties, look no further than Just Blinds of Montgomery, Alabama. We’ve been serving Central Alabama for more than 30 years, and have built a reputation for top-of-the-line products, expert measuring, professional installation, and outstanding customer service. Contact us today and find out for yourself why our first-time customers become customers for life!