SUNRISE, FLORIDA -- The Home Depot has a reputation that lured us to buy from the roof replacement on our house. The sale process was fine. Motivated seller helped to accommodate financing options. Once the contract was signed on June 7, 2017 we started to grow our confidence when different people started to contact us from the Project Management and Supervisor for the installation. Confidence started to come down when I requested (several times) an inspection before the installation starts so we know in advance how much additional material would be needed.
The Home Depot first failed in understand the ask and later the Project Manager confirmed me that this step was already taken. I had to ask when was it done because we were 90% of the time at home and never saw somebody to come and look at the house. Two days later I receive a call from the Installation Supervisor indicating that she was on her truck in front of the house, that was raining and she already saw the roof... Could not believe that this consider that an Inspection.
Weather conditions prevented the project to really start until August the 8th. That day we had the contractor on site early in the morning but no materials (at all) were delivered until noon. Living in South FL you do not want to dismantle a roof without material to cover the minimum area in the event of sudden rain but still The Home Depot pushed the contractor to start the work at 8 AM. The contractor hired by The Home Depot removed a gas vent without proper permits so The Home Depot had to send a contractor later on to fix what was not supposed to be touched in the first place.
Before the first was due we had some rain and we started to have leaks where we did not have before. We called The Home Depot but we were not able to locate the supervisor for the installation and neither could the Project Manager. Several hours later, out of the blue, the contractor called to ask about the leak and he replied that won't be at the house to perform repairs until the next day. The same day the inspector arrived 1st stage inspection and he rejected the work because of the leak. The contractor arrived one day later and fixed what caused the leak so we had to wait for another inspection before the shingles can be installed.
The City Inspector arrives several days later and approves the first stage. The roofer installs the shingles on Saturday August the 19th. On August the 22nd the city performs the last inspection but the work is not approved. Apparently the gap where the Cobra Exhaust Vent was installed was not opened on both sides of the roof top. According to the inspector the permit was requested for an opening on both sides.
Today is October the 20th and The Home Depot still did not performed the last fix. According to them, the permit in the City was modified but we did not get any clarification about what was changed. Also The Home Depot, always using the same contractor, failed to provide a scope of work for the remaining activities to be performed after several documented requests on our side.
The contractor needs to fix what is documented in the attached photos. My advice, stay away but if for some reason you still want to hire the services from The Home Depot, do yourself a favor and document each step. You may never know.
LOMPOC,CA, CALIFORNIA -- I have tried to file a claim and they keep saying we need to pay for half of the damages Home Depot's $22,000.00 dollar roofing job did to the wall on the front of our house! If there is a first class action suit being filed in California please contact me! I think this is the only way Home Depot is going to take responsibility for the damage and honor their 20 years warranty for workmanship! I thought it was illegal to promise that and not back it up! It's called a "Breach of Contract".
MUIR BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- I was suckered by a seemingly honest sales team. After waiting a couple weeks for an estimator to arrive at my house, some preliminary measurements were made. One month later (a few days promised) I was presented with a proposal that was competitive with other bids I had received, but Home Depot had a great sounding warranty. I was given a cell phone of the manager in case there were any problems.
Then nothing. For 3 months. Home Depot still needed to get on my roof for a final measurement before they could even order materials, and then schedule the job. I called the cell phone number and was promised an initial measurement several times but it never happened. Then they stopped answering their phone. I called a supervisor in Texas a couple times and was promised action which didn't happen.
After 3 months, I hired a local company that professionally installed my roof in 6 weeks! I am still trying to contact Home Depot to ask about my $1000 deposit (for nothing) and still no one answers the phone! A warranty is only good if someone answers the phone and acts on it. I have to believe that if I had a problem after installation (however long that would have taken) no one would have answered the phone to address it. My suggestion: find a local roofer with local recommendations. AVOID Home Depot ROOFING AT ALL COST!
GOLETA, CALIFORNIA -- On February 23, 2017 I signed contract to have my home re-roofed for $13,572.00. Home Depot representative David ** from the Goleta, California Home Depot store also signed. The contract stated the work would include: remove and reset or replace flashing - 2 layers.
If rotted or damaged wood is discovered after removing the existing roofing, or could not be identified at the time of sale, there will be an additional $75 per sheet of 4x8 sheathing and/or $9.00 per linear foot of dimensional lumber/fascia/planking. If additional layers of roofing are discovered after removing the first layer, or could not be identified at the time of sale, to remove each additional layer based on product on be removed: $29 p./sq. for composition shingles, $29 p./sq. wood shingles and $29 p./sq. for low slope roofing.
The current roof tiles are to be used; however, any broken tiles were to be replaced with new tiles and put in a location on the roof that would not be visible as the current tiles are no longer available. The approximate start date was March 10, 2017 and approximate end date was March 14, 2017.
As David ** forgot to get the $1000 down payment when he was at my house and did so afterwards; my credit card turned out to be charged twice. It took several weeks for this to be straightened out as for some reason the charge was not registered at Home Depot; yet I had $2000 unavailable to me for two weeks which I needed to pay bills. Finally the correct deposit of $1000 was recorded. This was over two months ago.
Then almost 2 months after the initial contract, on April 14th at 5:00 p.m., I got a call from Keith **, Home Depot's installation manager, saying he finally came to see my house (I had been calling him for weeks to do this and received multiple promises from him which were not honored that he would come within the next few days) and that Home Depot was going to break the contract. I told Keith ** that this is unacceptable and I will hold Home Depot to the contract.
Keith ** then told me he would contact various people at Home Depot to see how this situation could be resolved. When I called him the following Monday morning I discovered that he was on vacation. I left him a message to call me immediately and as of today May, he has not returned my call. Upon hearing that Keith ** was on vacation, I spoke with another Home Depot installation manager who told me that he would take care of things and that if need be, a roofing company from Los Angeles would be employed. That afternoon this other roofing installation manager called to tell me the contract would not be honored as my home's roof was would require scaffolding.
I have carefully read my roofing contract with Home Depot and the contract states that Home Depot may cancel the contract if undisclosed information is found; yet, there was no undisclosed information. Nothing was withheld from Home Depot. The roof was clearly visible and there should have been no surprises. My house is a four-story home and it was obvious from the beginning that scaffolding would be needed.
My situation now is extreme. My home is for sale and I have adjusted the sale price given our roofing contract with Home Depot for someone who wants to buy the house. A new roof is part of the deal we have established as is the selling price. I will not allow Home Depot to break their contract. Our $1000 has been held for two months now and although Home Depot has not honored their contract, they have not returned my deposit.
VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON -- BUYER BEWARE!!! I had my roof replaced by Home Depot. They did an excellent job on the roof, and they were neat and friendly. My BIG problem is with the paperless method of doing business. I received my "receipt" through email, which I have no problem with. But then I missed a VERY important part of that email, which is that somehow the color of the roof was changed! I saw the money part and thought that was what I needed to review (wouldn't you)? I never dreamed that the color would not be what I ordered.
The blame falls on me because I did not catch the error until the roof was put on, and there was no hard copy showing my selection. I'm VERY UNHAPPY that my roof isn't the color I had expected. If you use the Home Depot for installation, review EVERY INCH of your contract!!!
WARRINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA -- Rep came out from Home Depot to gives us a quote on a new roof. He measured the around the house, but never got on the roof to check it out. He then proceeded to write up an estimate (total time spend doing all of the above was 7 minutes). He then gave us a price, which included 15% off if we agreed to have them do the work and sign the paperwork right then. The price was over $15,000 with the 15% discount. No mistakes. The number was over $15,000. I replied firmly, "Thank you for your time". He then asked what I thought a roof would cost and I stated that was between me and the individual.
Bottom line, I know that a roof in my area runs between 5,000 and 7,000 because I did my homework and I had worked in the real estate industry for years. We hired a company that offered the same roofing material and services Home Depot offered (minus 25 yrs on labor, our guy was 10 yrs on labor) for $6300. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!! I don't be taken advantage!
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I purchased a roof for my home from Home Depot in April 2011 and have been fighting since to have it properly installed. I paid with my Home Depot credit card. During one of my many calls to the customer service department, I was asked if I wanted to dispute the charge. I agreed it was worth disputing and that my roof (still to this day) is not satisfactorily installed. The dispute was opened on May 9th, 2012.
The dispute was finalized in my favor and $12,110.00 was provisionally credited to my account on September 9th, 2012 with a note that if further “significant evidence” was found that the amount would be reapplied to my account. I called the customer service and asked what “significant evidence” would entail and how much more investigation would there be. I asked these questions as $12,110.00 is a lot of money and with the initial letter opening the dispute claimed that the initial investigation could take up to 60 days, and by the time I received the letter stating that the charge had been reversed was 128 days, double what was quoted.
I was told that it was closed and no further investigation would be completed. However, around October 1st, 2012 I received a phone call from the Phoenix office asking if someone could come down and inspect the roof and make sure that everything was taken care of. On October 6th, 2012 a gentleman came down to my house and instead of getting out a ladder to get on the roof, he pulled out some paperwork. He explained that this form was a copy of a previous form that I had signed and that the person who had the form in Atlanta “had died” and because they “had died, no one can find the paperwork that was originally signed.”
Reviewing the paperwork, I noted that the form was a Customer Service Order form and stated that the work to be completed was to fix some exposed nails, torn shingles, and repaint the metal trims and that those specific items were completed. It also states that the balance remaining was $0.00.
With the suspicious circumstances surrounding this, I asked the gentleman if this had anything to do with the disputed charge. I was told that it had nothing to do with the charges and that it was only replacing a lost form. I reluctantly signed the form, the gentleman never did go on top of the roof and he left. Several weeks later I received a letter dated October 18th stating that the $12,110.00 has been reapplied to my account and that “Additional information has been received that provided significant evidence for the amount to be reapplied to your account.” Attached to the letter was a faxed copy of the form I signed on October 6th, 2012.
This was clearly a scam to trick me into signing a form stating that the roof had been satisfactorily completed in an attempt to defraud me of the amount that was returned to me. This is obviously a bait-and-switch, which is an illegal practice in the United States. I am writing for corrective action in returning the credit of $12,110.00 back to my account. Home Depot cheated me out of a properly installed roof, and then scammed me into paying for it after the disputed charges were dropped from my account. Permanently re-credit the $12,110 back to my account, zeroing my balance.
I felt compelled to chime in responding to another post I saw about Home Depot's window program. A gal had been in the store pricing windows and ultimately agreed to an appointment with a salesman in her home at the behest of the store associate. She was miffed to find that the 'Home Services' salesman had different windows to offer than the store millworks department.
As a THD At Home Services, Inc. salesman, I deal with similar frustrations daily. The Home Depot has two distinct programs for replacement windows. One that offers a wide array of products and prices for 'do-it-yourself' projects and another that entails a turnkey replacement of existing windows (or roofing, siding or seamless gutters). My personal preference is to have my associates in the store 'spread the word' about our installed services and to offer an in-home appointment with someone like myself - a well trained sales consultant.
In the home, we offer the same basic tenets that have grown The Home Depot into the world's second largest retailer. These are Convenience, Selection, and unbeatable customer service. If, after an in-depth consultation and quote, the customer does not desire to use the 'At Home Services' program, a good sales consultant will happily refer the customer back to the store to learn about window pricing that is exclusive of installation, delivery, installation warranty, ancillary products necessary for installation, disposal, clean up, and the peace of mind that comes from using the nation's largest home improvement retailer and the nation's largest replacement window contractor - The Home Depot.
I realize I may sound like an orange-blooded cheerleader for my employer, but as a 27 year veteran of the remodeling industry, I can say that there is very real value in using The Home Depot's installed services. Issues can and will arise in any remodeling project. I have witnessed my company 'making things right' when 'Chuck in a Truck' may not have been able to.
The Home Depot organized the 'At Home Services' division in response to customer demand about 8 years ago. Prior to that time, customers with larger projects than they cared to attempt by themselves were sold the necessary products off our shelves and referred to installation contractors who could install the store-bought products. If there was a problem with the installation, the customer had to contact the independent installer. This arrangement was flawed as The Home Depot lacked quality control on the installation side.
No matter how unrelated to us, a third party installer could tarnish the impeccable reputation that The Home Depot has earned. Nowadays, a customer that contracts with The Home Depot for replacement windows enjoys the peace of mind of having every aspect of the project backed by The Home Depot.
The Home Depot's prices are generally in line with the local market. This alignment is carefully monitored by individual 'Program Merchants' that are assigned to their respective trades. One cannot easily compare windows off the shelf to windows that are installed. It would be like comparing apples to those yellowish, odd little fruit that slices up in the shape of a star. The company's challenge is to raise awareness of their 'At Home Services' division.
Through the program, customers can have a huge array of products installed for them - as well as have electrical, plumbing, and HVAC services performed for them. Requests for quotes can be made online (www.homedepot.com), in the store, or by calling 1-800-HomeDepot. The 'At Home Services' division often has fantastic discount programs as well. I am currently able to offer my customers 10% off of the bottom line on premium installed roofing, siding, windows, seamless gutters, home insulation and storm protection systems.
We also have roofing, windows and home insulation that qualify for the Economic Stimulus Tax Credit of up to $1500. This is a true tax credit, not a deduction from one's income - real money to offset the costs of installing energy efficient products in the home. Through our occasional credit promotions, folks using the Home Depot Credit Card can have energy efficient products installed at a 10% discount and have their tax credit money before the project is due for payment.
This is possible as the company occasionally allows 12 months 'same as cash' - no payment / no interest for 12 months. The company also has other financing options that help make larger projects very affordable to folks with good credit. I hear very often after a consultation that the customer learned a great deal about the project they are considering by having me offer a consultation and quote.
That's a free education folks - whether or not you buy from The Home Depot. 'Pete in a Pickup' may scribble a dollar amount on the back of his tattered business card. Your At Home Services Sales Consultant will give a thorough presentation of our wares and field all questions with superb product and industry knowledge. The note I'll close with is this: The estimate is free - It costs one nothing but 60-90 minutes in the comfort of their own home to learn about great products, services and financing options.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- On March 16, 2009 we had purchased jobs for roofing and insulation for our home at the address above by R (cannot use his real name on this website), a Sales Consultant at the THD At-Home Services from Bitter Lake/Seattle address, among other Home Depots around town. He's described as a weird old man with a mustache from the 1900s that curled up at the ends who proclaims he worked with the government in the past and that he was a former home inspector. He said he spoke several languages, but his Cantonese was pretty awful.
Because of Home Depot's reputation for good service at their stores, we decided to trust him and hire Home Depot for our home improvement project. They presented themselves above all roofing companies, promising a lot for a fair price. However, our decision directed us toward the wrong path. Unethical practices from the sales department and billing/accounting by Home Depot revealed the truth.
My brother and I spoke to sales consultant during the estimation on March 16th about the work that we are hiring the Home Depot to do. We stated that we were concerned about our roof, which is 20 years old. Recently a leaking from the flashing near the range hood area in the kitchen has occurred, creating a water stain on the wall. There was also a mold problem in the attic space, but after inspection during the estimation, R concluded it was mildew.
During the estimation/consultation, the sales consultant had promised things that were basically lies. For one, R said that the Home Depots hiring process goes through a rigorous process, background check and drug test. This made me believe that the roof workers were employees of Home Depot. This is further from the truth; the company hired an outside source, Golden Seal Roofing, probably the highest bidder for this project. This wasn't revealed until the roofing company came knocking on my door to start reroofing.
The sales consultant lead us to believe there was a law made in 2006 which is illegal for King County homeowners to place new roofing material on top of old material. He also persuaded me to tell my father, who doesn't understand English very well, that it was completely illegal. After things started to unravel, I further researched this so called fact; I discovered there is no such law that states this.
The King County law says that if it is over three layers, it's restricted; however layering new shingles on top of old is fine as long as it abides to this rule. ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK THE INFORMATION ANY SALES PERSON TELLS YOU BEFORE SIGNING A CHECK, EVEN IF THEY ARE FROM A COMPANY YOU THINK IS RELIABLE.
The sales consultant then continued to talk about ventilation during the consultation. My brother and I were concerned about proper ventilation, especially since there is a mildew problem in the attic. Also, we explained that our ventilation holes on the front and back of the house were blocked with wood because of the birds around our neighborhood nesting inside. He said that those would be taken out for better ventilation and small screen netting would be needed to keep the birds out. None of this was done. I have yet to get a response from the sales consultant regarding this issue after emailing him.
We asked if the wood under the shingles would be replaced due to the dampness and mildew from the Northwest weather and also deterioration because of the age. Among the many lies during our consultation, he said they would replace the OSB with plywood. This was not done either.
After the roof was installed, during our own inspection, to our shock, many of the promises made were not completed. When I spoke to him over the phone on March 23, 3009 in the evening (the same day the roof was installed), he said that replacing the OSB with plywood was what we agreed on. I assumed this would be corrected immediately.
The next day on March 24, 2009, he came by the house two hours late and started retracting what was said. He basically backtracked what we agreed upon during our initial consultation and finally gave me the warranty information. The warranty on the paper says the first 12 years are non-prorated, but he tells me this is actually 20 years. After reading many complaints against Home Depot roofing, I'm beginning to believe how Home Depot does not honor this contract.
During our conversation, the sales consultant said he spoke with the project manager the night I called. The project manager said that only the area where the ventilation shaft for the kitchen's stove top hood needed the plywood. The sales consultant started to say that they had to keep the cost down by not replacing the old OSB for plywood. Again, this is all new information after the fact the roof was done.
The sales consultant finally showed me our itemization – approx $ 6,500.00 which was bundled into Timberline roofing material and cost of labor, this never included the cost of plywood. He further continued to say that the OSB wood we have on the roof did not have a problem and it was strong enough to hold in the nails. None of this was revealed during the consultation.
He then proceeded to rant on how mold and mildew will fall off the OSB board in the attic once there is proper ventilation. Again this was new information never presented prior to me signing a check. He also backtracked and said that if the roof did need new plywood, he would have come out and checked out the roof himself and would have given me a higher estimate. This guy was unbelievably deceitful.
I naively assumed this was all included in the materials and labor cost, since the total cost was so high. When he finally showed me his paperwork, the material and labor costs was bundled up together under the category Timberline. They still have yet to give me a proper itemization with the breakdown in actual cost, including materials, labor, material removal, and many other fees.
The sales consultant also recounted that the itemization could have been made if the customer asked. The lame itemization that bundled everything together under the name Timberline would not have given me what I wanted. When I asked by email for the itemization on March 18, 2009, he called me at home, asked me why I was even asking and told me he couldn't give me one and said that the estimate is 60% for materials and 40% in labor.
If you broke it down, it cost approx. $3900.00 for the Timberline roofing materials and $2,600.00 for labor cost. Additionally, he charged $1,100.00 for exhaust ridge vent and flashings for chimney and drip edge. Truthfully, Home Depot had charged me over 100%+ the amount it would have cost me to have the roof professionally done.
Home Depot has continues to give me wrong information and is completely unprofessional during the roofing process. On March 18, 2009, Wednesday, Home Depot Services called and spoke to my brother. The person said that the project manager will meet with me in the next morning to re-measure and they will start Monday to reroof.
When the project manager came the next day to re-measure, he said that the roofing company will call to schedule when a good time to reroof would be when I tried to confirm if it was Monday. He didn't know when they would come. No one called to confirm.
Monday morning comes along and I hear a knock at 9 am and roofing company showed up. I spoke to the owner of Golden Seal Roofing asked why they didn't call to confirm. His answer was “Why?” They started at 9 am and finally ended work at 2 pm, which totaled 5 hours of work for $2,600.00 for labor cost.
Lies after lies, the sale consultant's presentation included how Home Depot purchases large amounts to keep the cost low for consumers, but in all honesty they over price everything and outsource the work. We have decided to cancel the insulation job, calling the THD At-Home Services in Renton to do this. They charged us a 25% cancellation fee because they have already purchased the insulation material. The cancellation fee totaled approximately $400.00, outrageous! After realizing how deceitful and money hungry Home Depot is, they have lost our family as long time customers.
Had we known how unethical Home Depot is with their business practices, we would have never contracted Home Depot for any of the services. Always cross check information and never ever buy a roof from Home Depot or any other services they provide.
A Home Depot roofing salesman came to my parent's home yesterday, 09/02/2011. I sat in the other room as the salesman spoke with my elderly parents, 92 and 85. My parents did not sign a contract with the representative after I convinced them to get other quotes.
The long and short of it is that the guy was a con-man. He spoke of peace of mind, the reputation of The Home Depot, the large number of shady, non-licensed roofing contractors in the state of RI, etc. He had a binder filled with the names of non-licensed companies in the state of Rhode Island. He also spoke of being a family man, his church and his parents.
He quoted $14,000 to re-roof my parent's house. Knowing that the price should be in the $400 a square neighborhood I was shocked when I heard the $14,000 figure, getting up and going into the other room to join them. (I try and give my parents a sense of self-reliance.) The roof is 15 square. The price should have been in the $6000 range. I said nothing about the price to the salesman, just made sure they did not sign a contract.
The salesman realized he was not going to make a sale at $14,000 so he lowered the price by $800, saying that he would give them the Architectural Grade shingle for the same price as the, "entry," shingle, saving them $800. The two types of shingles are the same price, he simply raised the price on one to discount later in the pitch. Still sensing no sale, he offered a 10% senior discount and 12 months interest free, along with a great deal on the HD credit card. The sales representative would not leave the written quote unless they signed that day.
Reading other similar Home Depot roofing reviews, many as far back as 2003, it is obvious that these very shady sales practices have been going on for a very long time. It is hard to imagine that HD is not aware of what is going on, if not outright encouraging such behavior. Stealing is bad, we all agree, but preying on the elderly doesn't get much lower.