AUSTELL, GEORGIA -- I bought two doors from Lowe's in late 2006. I bought a glass door for my back door and a storm door for the front door. Earlier this year around February or March I noticed that at the back door my hard wood was beginning to buckle and my door jamb was turning brown from what appeared to be water damage. In Georgia in 2007 we had a drought so it rained minimally last year. I contacted Lowe's about my door leak and initially they wanted to charge me 25.00 for them to come out to determine if the door they installed was a problem.
I told them that I had already paid them and I was not going to pay them to come out and look at a door that they installed incorrectly. I told them that I have had my house over 10 years and none on my other doors were leaking only the 1.3 year old door they installed. They sent the contractor out and he had the audacity to tell me that it was a caulking issue and he would fix the caulk so the door would not leak anymore. He told me that as a homeowner I should caulk around my house every couple of years. I told him I had never caulked anything in my life and I was not going to caulk a brand new door.
Any caulking should be done by the installer. He finished caulking and I asked him about my hard wood floors and the door frame. He said Lowe's would be in touch. They cared about their customers and would make it right. I waited a few days and no one called so I followed up with them. I spoke with one of the Managers and he sent out a representative from Lowe's. She looked at all the water damage and agreed that there was an issue with the door. She told me that the installer said the leak was fixed with the caulking and they would contact the company that installed my hard wood floors and repair my floors.
She also said the caulking the installer did was not a good job and she would send him back out to make it look better. She was in touch several times over the next few weeks and said she was waiting on information from the floor people to determine my type of hard wood. In the meantime the installer came back out and reapplied the caulking. I was still not convinced that leak was fixed and asked Lowe's to make sure that was correct before they fixed the floors. I noticed on 7/14 after a really hard rain that I had new water damage. Mind you this has been going on since March.
I went to the store where I got the doors and spoke to yet another manager. This guy tells me that Lowe's is not responsible for the leak because it has been over 1 year and that they are not sure it is the door. I am appalled the person who came out said the door was leaking and the installer told me it was caulking. He said that he would have the person who had been working with me call and setup yet another person to come out to determine if it is a door leak but I should contact my insurance company. Needless to say it is 7/21 and I have not heard from anyone at the store.
On 7/14 I called Lowe's corporate headquarters in NC and they apologized and told a general manager would call me within 24 hours. I have yet to hear from them either. The only thing you want people to do is the right thing. I paid Lowe's my money with the assumption that my door was not disposable. I will fight this to the end but really should we have to go through this as consumers.
WASHINGTON, MISSOURI -- Two weeks ago I ordered an exterior door for my garage, I brought the original door with me in order to assure proper measurement for the hinges and dead bolt lock etc. I am not a professional by any means. Michael ** (store manager, which I did not know) assisted me and ensured the proper measurements were taken and sent to have the door made and cut properly. As things go, I was called, picked up the door, and in the process of putting on the door realized the top and bottom hinge were not cut out properly with the wrong measurements.
I witnessed Michael **'s original measuring and was sure the problem was not at his end. The dead bolt lock was also not cut in the correct spot, approx. 1/4" off. I called the store, talked to someone named Jim who insinuated, it was my fault that the door was cut wrong and that I should have made the hinge cuts and measurements myself. The next morning I took the door back to Lowe's with the original door, and went to customer service, told them I wanted to speak with the store manager. I was "hot" because of my conversation with "Jim."
Here comes Mike **, I told him of my problem, and he did not blame anyone for the mistake, he assisted me in getting both doors off my truck, and we went in and remeasured the doors. Mike said I could reorder the door with proper cuts and measurements and it would take 2 weeks again. To make a long story short, Mike made the cuts for me on the door I received. Mike also showed me how I could make the dead bolt lock work by cutting into the door frame. Mike later called me at my house and questioned how my progress went with hanging the door. Everything went great, Mike ** knows customer service and went out of his way to keep me a happy customer.
Things could have gone wrong, but I believe Mr. ** would have ensured I was kept satisfied with Lowe's service. "Jim" on the other hand was pointing fingers immediately and shifting blame to me and whoever cut the hinges. I can't express how satisfied and happy I was with the service of Michael **, Lowe's store manage, Washington, Mo.
HEMET, CALIFORNIA -- When we purchased our new sliding door from Lowe's Home Improvement store, we paid Lowe's for the door and also paid them for the installation. We were in residence when the door was installed and assumed the contractor who installed it (Lowe's contractor) was doing it correctly. On April 24, 2010, our home was broken into when we were away through that same sliding door installed by Lowe's contractor. Upon looking at the door, we (the police officer, ourselves and our neighbor) observed that the entire locking mechanism had been pulled free off the door jamb.
We also observed (since the lock was still intact) that the screws put into the locking mechanism were 1-1/4 inch in length. We contacted Lowe's and were told that they only installed what the manufacturer sent with the door. Well we contacted the manufacturer and were sent the installation instruction sheet calling for #10-3 inch screws to be installed (via email). We then contacted Lowe's again and sent them the email sent to us by the manufacturer. They told us it was not their responsibility but the installers. I pointed out that we did not purchase the door from the installer but from Lowe's, nor did we pay the installer for the installation but paid Lowe's.
The bottom line is that Lowe's will not take any responsibility and when we did contact the insurance companies (2) for the contractor (whose name we have) one said they could not honor the claim because the door was installed after they had dropped insurance on the contractor. The other insurance company said they could not honor the claim because the break-in happened before they insured the installer. I have written numerous letters and made numerous phone calls to no avail. I even wrote directly to Robert Niblock, CEO of Lowe's twice with no reply.
I would admonish those of you out there who purchase these types of items from Lowe's to be very careful to check their work. Also if there are any of you out there who have purchased a sliding door from Lowe's Hemet, California, in the past two and a half years, you may want to take a careful look at your installation.
FOUNTAIN, COLORADO -- I went to Lowe's to purchase a window mounted AC unit and was ready to spend about $500. I had a couple of questions that I wanted to ask but mostly wanted someone to help me get the 150 pound AC unit off the shelf. I went to the front to get some assistance since I didn't see anyone working. The young lady paged someone for me. I waited for about 10 minutes and decided to leave. I drove to the closest Home Depot and got a better deal and WAY BETTER customer service. My money goes to wherever the best customer service is and I will never step foot in a Lowe's again as long as there is a Home Depot around.
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA -- I purchased 12 Pella windows from Lowe's this spring that had Lowe's $20 gift card rebates on each window. I sent in the receipt/paperwork early June and still haven't received the cards. When I called my local Lowe's the Customer Service person said she would call the rebate center for me and called right back saying they never received my paperwork. The skeptic in me immediately said 'yeah right' but since she proceeded to tell me how to re-submit my paperwork copies, I decided I would give it a second chance.
However, she said I didn't have to send anything else in, just the paperwork - but the submit date has long since passed so I have a sinking feeling they won't accept it, even with the letter I plan to attach with the date/conversation. I had a great sales experience and a fantastic installation contractor that I have been telling everyone about so I would really hate to have this story to tell instead.
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI -- I am so tired, disgusted, and worn down about dealing with Lowe's on this window installation that you will only get a very summarized version of the events. I ordered 13 Pella windows from an area Lowe's and charged them on my new Lowe's credit card. The quick version of my story is this: The first installer (yes, the FIRST one) did not know what he was doing. The windows were not level, crooked, and loose. I complained. Lowe's sends Pella out to look. Pella says, Yep, installed improperly. Installer is sent back. He says he sees nothing wrong and leaves. Second installer is sent who says they are installed incorrectly. Comes back later to correct.
I find out first installer drilled holes in all of the windows. I tell Lowe's they can either refund me for the windows or send new ones because I won't pay a penny for ruined ones. They send new windows with yet a THIRD installer. Third installer beings to smart off to me. I send him and the windows packing on the spot. I call store manager (one of many conversations with him) and tell him you can either refund me an amount I'm satisfied with or I'll have the windows yanked and replaced by Home Depot and you can have yours back.
We agree on a price. It has been a month now and they still have not credited me back the correct amount. This has been a 6 month ordeal. I will absolutely, undeniably, NEVER shop at a Lowe's ever again. Everyone there couldn't care less about taking care of a customer. It's amazing.
WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA -- On 7/13/13 I went to their store to pay for a measurement for a new door. I was contacted within two days for a measurement. They came out and measured and said they'd have the salesman contact me. No one called. I check all calls via caller ID before picking up due to 99.9% of all calls being telemarketers or calls outside my home area code. Home Depot cares and will get that job. And to think I was dumb enough to believe the comments on this site to give them another chance! If I could give them 0 stars I would but 1 is as low as I can go!
PHOENIX -- About a month ago I ordered a Screen Tight Meadow in Natural Wood Screen Door. The door was 30 dollars more than Home Depot but I ordered from Lowe's because the shipping claimed to be a week sooner. Needless to say the door did not arrive in time and when it finally did (10 days later than they claimed) the screen was ripped. So they offered to replace the screen, that was now 11 days ago and they tell me it "should" arrive sometime next week. Lesson learned - will NEVER shop at Lowe's again, their attitude is so lax concerning customer care. This store sucks!
SOUTH CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- Very recently, I had been to Lowes about 3 times and all the 3 times, I had a discouraging experience there. I was shopping for small home improvement stuff. First time, I went to buy a screen door. As I didn't know much about them, I wanted to ask the staff there. There were 3 staff discussing among themselves. I waited for a while for them for their attention, but they seem to ignore. Then I spoke out 2/3 times, saying, "excuse me. Could you help...", but they seem to have not heard.
Finally when I asked rather loudly, one of them came to respond. I observed staff are unresponsive and unfriendly at Lowe's, South Charleston. I don't know about other Lowe's stores. But, I found people in other home improvement stores as very customer friendly, readily coming out to help. The second time, I wanted to buy some floor guides for sliding doors. Since I don't know where to find them, I went to ask one of the staff in an aisle. He right away told me, "No, We don't sell them." I was surprised, and when I came home and saw on the computer, they are very much there on the Lowe's website.
I also feel being a foreigner is one of the reason for the bad experiences. I certainly will avoid going there again, unless I can't get what I need at other stores.