Before we ship
Unless you have requested otherwise or you are ordering out of an incoming shipment, we ship all orders out within 3 business days. Transit times once shipped depend on the delivery location (see details below), but it is typically between 3-10 business days. We ship all residential freight orders on lift-gate trucks via curbside delivery, and the driver will lower the pallet of flooring onto your driveway. Delivery windows are typically 2-6 hours and the freight company will call you to schedule delivery beforehand.
All shipping costs quoted on our website are to the contiguous 48 states only and therefore may not apply for shipments to islands (for example Hawaii, Key West, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Santa Catalina, etc). Ambient reserves the right to adjust the shipping charge on such shipments and the client has the right to cancel their order if the adjusted shipping rates are not acceptable. Note that orders delivered or picked up in Maryland are subject to state sales tax. Inside delivery is not offered by freight companies. Guaranteed and weekend deliveries are add-on services that accrue additional charges and must be specifically requested through an Ambient account representative prior to shipment from our warehouse.
Estimated transit times
The following are estimated transit times *once your order has shipped*. We strongly recommend that you not hire contractors with the sole purpose of waiting for a delivery, as the shipping companies occasionally miss their delivery appointments.
East Coast: 2-4 business days
Midwest: 3-8 business days
West Coast: 5-10 business days
Ambient is not responsible for any expenses resulting from the freight company missing a scheduled appointment. We recommend that you do not hire a contractor to wait for your shipment, as freight companies occasionally miss their delivery appointments. Please note that some freight companies charge up to a $130 re-delivery fee if you are not present to receive your shipment during your agreed-upon delivery time window.
Scheduling your delivery
As soon as we ship your order out we’ll' send you an email with the freight company’s phone number and a tracking number or "pro-number" for your shipment. This email will have a link to a website page so that you may track your order online, otherwise you can call the freight company for a status update. The freight company will call you to schedule delivery. The delivery companies work via time windows of 2-6 hours as opposed to specific time appointments (e.g. 9:32 am).
The freight company will not deliver your flooring without an appointment. Someone must be present to receive the order and sign the delivery document. It is at this time that you will want to carefully inspect the exterior of the shipment for any damages, and mark them on the driver’s copy of the Bill of Lading. If the damages are not marked on the driver’s bill of lading at time of receipt we may not be able to send you replacements.
Our free or discounted shipping offers are valid only on items shipped within the contiguous United States and cannot be combined with other offers such as coupons, specials, sales or closeouts. Shipping promotions do not include shipping to islands or rural points. All freight shipments are delivered on a liftgate truck via curbside delivery unless otherwise requested by the customer; additional fees for add-on services may apply.
If your order is damaged
We use national LTL freight shipping companies to ship our floors. If your order is damaged by the freight company during shipment, our liability is limited to replacing the damaged boxes. If the boxes are ripped or look like they have been dropped, please be sure to note this damage ("one box damaged," "two boxes damaged," etc.) on the bill of lading that the driver will have you sign and give to you. The driver will leave you with a delivery receipt stating any damages you have noted. Note that you do not need to open all of the boxes while the driver is on site. Just note the number of boxes that appear to be damaged.
Please call us immediately at (301) 498-0234 so that we can note your account. As long as the damage is noted on the driver's bill of lading, we will be able to send you replacement boxes of flooring. Once the driver is gone, open the boxes to assess the damage - it may only be on the outside of the box. Please take photos if possible because we will need evidence that the damage occurred (in addition to the signed bill of lading noting the details). Do not discard any damaged flooring as it may salvaged by the shipping company. Any discarded material will not be replaced. Damages must be reported within seven days of delivery. Damaged flooring reported after seven days cannot be replaced.
** If you do not make note of damages or missing items on the driver's bill of lading at the time of receipt or if you discard the damaged items you will not be refunded for damaged or missing items . **