LOVELAND, COLORADO -- First off, let me say that the independent contractors used by Lowe's to install my laminate flooring did an excellent job. They were efficient, courteous and thorough. Would gladly work with them again, except for the fact that they work with Lowe's. Once Lowe's gets you to commit to their flooring, they do not care about the consumer. We were told by them, that our flooring order was local so it would only be a week for us to wait to have the floor installed. Since we were removing our old flooring ourselves, we immediately removed it, so that we were prepared for the installers.
After a couple of days, we called Lowe's wondering when the laminate would be delivered. This is when we were told it was still on order and would not be in for another week. So we asked to schedule the installers, but they would not do that until the flooring was delivered. When it was finally delivered, we had to call Lowe's because they did not call us, to schedule the installers. Again, we asked to schedule the installers, but were told the scheduler would call us back.
Two days later, we were contacted, so they could schedule us in a week and a half for the install. So with our rush to get the flooring removed because we believed the salesperson in the flooring section, and the wait for the delivery and the installers to call us, we were three weeks without flooring. I forgot to mention that when they ordered the material, they did not order the quarter rounds we needed. So we had to have them order these so they would get here by time the installers were finished.
They arrived the first day of the install, but we had to pick them up, because they would not deliver them, even though they were the ones that screwed up and did not order them with the rest of the flooring that was delivered. The next day when the installers go to install them, they discovered they were broken and crap. So once again, I had to contact Lowe's, but they would not order them until we brought in the old ones. So after I went back down and ordered them, the guys in the flooring section acted like it was my fault they had to reorder them… Extremely poor customer service.
When the quarter rounds finally did come in, and we finally got the installer to come back out, they sent a totally different crew. I would not have these guys build a chicken coop if I needed one. I wasn't there when they came, otherwise it would have been a different story; but when I did get home, my wife showed me the job they did. They were in a hurry to get to another job. They did a half ass job in installing the quarter rounds they did install, and they didn't even install all of them. They also were supposed to tack down an area of carpet that goes into our bedroom; but they did not have the equipment with them.
So once again, we had to contact Lowe's about this, and they did send the original crew back out the next day, and everything was fixed. But I will never have Lowe's do any flooring for me again!!! We love the Pergo flooring we did get, but next time we will purchase it from Home Depot.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- In October of 2015, I purchased almost $15,000 of bamboo flooring from Lowe's in Arlington. I was given a one year unconditional warranty. The floors were install early November 2015, and within a few days, the floors were buckling and popping up. We waited until January 2016 to have the floors replaced under their "guarantee", and within about 6-8 weeks, the flooring began buckling. It took almost 9 months to get any true response from Lowe's, and then the finger-pointing started.
Lowe's hired an independent flooring expert. I am in the building services industry and have the same credentials as their expert. He told me my suspicions were correct... the installer nailed the baseboards to the bamboo so that the floor wouldn't float. Next Lowe's, after several weeks of non-communication with us, sent this to the installer's insurance company Nationwide. They sent the most rude, know-it-all to look at the floors, and I knew right then that they would deny any responsibility on the installer's side.
Sure enough, I received a call from Brian at Nationwide today and they have completely denied the claim. They said it was our fault and it was moisture, although we had 2 moisture barriers installed and the moisture reading was a 4, which is normal. Lowe's said they "guarantee" their moisture barrier up to a 9. Now I am out $15,000 of absolutely worthless flooring, and since this was the final project of a $45-50,000 complete house remodel, everything is beautiful except my flooring. 80% of the total money we spent on the remodel came from Lowe's.
The contracting company that did most of our remodel told us to stay away from Lowe's and they'd had horrendous experiences with them. I wish we had listened and had used Home Depot instead. Now I'm hopping mad and have worthless, ugly flooring that looks like the waves of the ocean.
KENTWOOD, MICHIGAN -- I recently purchased about 1,000 square feet of carpet and laminate flooring from Lowe's. I had to purchase the flooring at 2 separate Lowe's stores because one didn't stock padding - the other store thought that was ridiculous. I had 2 big problems with the laminate order (Pergo max):
1.) When I picked up the order, the underlayment was not there. Luckily, I noticed. After an hour of searching, the sales clerk and the flooring clerk stated that they found it and there had been a "computer glitch." Good thing I had an hour to wait - no exaggeration.
2.) The Pergo molding came with a 1/4" metal C-channel. The channel in the T molding is also 1/4". However, the flooring is about twice as thick. So, the channel is not correct, or the T is not correct.
After a discussion with the flooring personnel and the store manager, and looking through a package they had in stock, the only solution offered was to use some of the cardboard packaging under the C-channel. I'm not going to go into technical details of why that won't work, but my flooring installer had a good laugh. I expressed my interest in never visiting Lowe's again to the store manager. He nodded his head and just said ok a few times. NO OFFER TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.
I was decent and bit my lip throughout the process, but I'm done being quiet about this now. I will warn as many as possible. This happened at the Kentwood, MI location: 3330 28th Street South East. It 6/17/2016 around 10 AM. ** was the flooring clerk. She was nice, but that isn't enough. The store manager should have stepped in and solved the problem.
MESA, ARIZONA -- Lowe's on Higley in Mesa, AZ: I don't think the flooring we purchased just three years ago is listed but this is close. It started chipping around the edges and so now I have to cover the floor with rugs to keep our socks and slippers from snagging on it. The warranty said somewhere from 20-30 years and my husband specifically asked if we could use it in a mobile home in Mesa, Arizona. We were told "Yes, many people do very successfully."
Well, now that it is chipping, Lowe's is saying all kinds of things may be why, specifically because we installed it ourselves and they suggest the floor wasn't level, and it isn't good in mobiles/park models (That isn't what we were initially told) It is only between two cupboards and our whole mobile was leveled prior to. The floor is solid. That is a cop out and they won't do anything. Less than three years for a flooring to last as it started last year. Unacceptable.
If you bought at Costco they would at least stand behind the product and make the manufacture compensate you. Not Lowe's, just simply not interested. Please help spread the word - the manufacturer's warranty means nothing unless you get Lowe's to install the product. Lowe's will wimp right out and not even offer to get help from the manufacturer. Buyer Beware!!
CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA -- In 2009 I contracted with Lowe's to replace existing flooring with ceramic tile in four rooms. The installation and with some small deficiencies I was satisfied. The deficiencies included failure to remove and replace baseboards to fit with changed flooring products and in a few small areas openings were left where the flooring did not meet the base board. These openings are large enough to allow entrance of small animals but no problems have occurred as a result.
My complaint is with the long term reliability of the flooring installation and Lowe's' cavalier attitude about my complaint. In 2016 (six years after installation) the tile began to "buckle" in several places. When I went to Lowe's to complain, I was told that installations are guaranteed for only one year regardless of the quality of the installation and the only help they could offer was to contact the original or another contractor to have them give me an estimate for the repair of the damage. The contractor provided by Lowe's could not verify that they had done the original work because their records did not go back that far.
I am quite satisfied with the quality and the speed of the repair work recently completed although I still believe that Lowe's should have paid for the repairs since ceramic installation done properly should last indefinitely barring any catastrophe. Maybe the most irritating thing about the incident was Lowe's employees' total indifference to my situation. The attitude was "Lowe's accepts no responsibility for anything and if you are unhappy that's just too bad."
KILLEEN, TEXAS -- Stay clear of Lowe's for flooring. Took forever to get estimate and then they gave me the wrong quote and finally told me the quote changed to $550 more than the first one. It was their mistake but they wouldn't give me the cheaper price, they have screwed me over. The product is not properly installed. I've wasted so much time dealing with them to get it fixed and it's still wrong!!! Never again.
LEESBURG, FLORIDA -- I Rented a home in The Villages Florida. My landlord wanted to put wood floors and so they contacted Lowe's in Leesburg, Fl. A subcontractor, Keller Interiors was to come and do the job. A group of about 10 young punks come out. After they left I was putting things back on the floor, and noticed that 1 of my Money Rose were missing. I called the manager of Lowes in Leesburg Fl and she told me to make a police report and I did.
The officer came out and called Keller Interiors and they told the officer they sub the job out and would not give the officer the name of the subcontractor. Bottom line, I thought I was letting Keller Interiors in to do the job. Lowe's is well aware of what they are doing, but Lowe's does not tell the customers, so I let a bunch of thieves and punks in my house.
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA -- If you have plenty of time and I mean are able to push back your moving day by weeks then you may have no problem Lowe's. In order to get someone to work on your job you talk to sales representative at Lowe's who puts in a work order to Keller Flooring Contractors who then contacts someone local to do the job. So... when you have a problem like we did, not enough carpet was delivered. You have to call Lowe's who then calls Keller flooring contractors who then contacts the people doing the work.
A week later they send someone out to measure the areas - not finish and the whole process starts over again. That was our carpet experience. As for the tile, Keller Flooring Contractors would not send enough laborers to get our floors done in a timely manner. A job that was supposed to take five days ended up taking 2 1/2 weeks. The quality of work was there but they definitely needed more help on our job to finish it up. Not to mention the countless days/hours spent when the laborers had to go back to Lowe's to pick up more material because the wrong amount was sent. Terrible experience. Never using Lowe's again for flooring.
FRANKLIN, WISCONSIN -- Lowe's flooring installation...BEWARE. Our family decided to install tile flooring in the section of our house that is built on concrete slab. We went to our local Lowe's store and looked at flooring. We really liked the Rialto White 12x12 tile. Not knowing how to install tile, we asked Lowe's to send one of their contractors out to measure our floor and give us an estimate. There was a $35.00 non-refundable estimate fee that would be rolled into the job if we signed with Lowe's. We were told that for installation, Lowe's charges $5.97 per square foot.
On Tuesday July 24, the measurer and installer, ** came to measure. He was friendly and told us he was second generation in his company. This gave us confidence in his expertise. The next Thursday, 7-26 we went to the store to collect some samples of the tile, and while there were handed the estimate. The amount of tile indicated as needed on the form was 805 square feet for tile, amounting to $1,762.95 for the tile. The amount for the installation was $5.97 x 805, or $4,805.85. There were incidentals, like thinset and grout. The total was $6,807.64.
This estimate puzzled me greatly. The reason was that my husband and son measured the amount of flooring that we had, and the total they came up with was 663 square feet (another company had measured our floor and reported it was 680 square feet, at least in the ballpark). This was supposed to be an experienced professional doing the measuring, but the numbers were greatly different. I know that there is a percentage added to the amount of tile you get for waste. But adding the 10% extra for waste would only bring the total of tile needed to 725 square feet.
We would not expect to purchase more that with experienced, professional installers on the job. So they expected us to purchase 80 square feet we did not need. I know we could return this, but it would be stupid, and inconvenient. Then there is the issue that in the estimate we got it stated that we would be charged the installation on the 805 square feet on the form, not the actual 663 square feet being installed. We were expected to pay to install phantom flooring.
So Lowe's wanted us to buy a large amount of product we did not need, and then pay an installation fee on it, whether or not we needed it. This seems to be a nice arrangement for the business. We would have paid around $1,000.00 more for the job than needed.
Even adding in a few square feet if we measured poorly, this seems to be padding the charge excessively. When we first called Lowe's and spoke to ** in flooring, he said they figure the footage according to the measurements they are given. So their measurements must have been close to that.
When I asked why we were being charged for 805 square feet of installation, he said the installers are paid for every square foot of product that goes out the door (not the amount of square footage to be installed)! I then called ** who did the measurement. I asked why the square footage was so high, and told him what our figures were. He said his measurements were close to ours, and that we should call Lowe's again, perhaps have a remeasure and have someone else install it, and quickly ended the call.
I called Lowe's again and was told I should call the central office. I spoke to an **, who took my complaint. Someone from the central office said the manager of the store would call me. The manager of the Lowe's, ** called me, and I spoke to her and told her the situation. She said she would look into it. I said I felt cheated, like someone tried to take advantage of us.
Later, ** from flooring called to ask if we would be using their installation service. I explained the situation to him, said I had no longer any trust in the integrity of Lowe's, and would also try to get the tile elsewhere. I stated that there was something wrong with this, and I would be putting this information into a review to warn others. I also called the FTC. I also let the BBB know.
I also want my $35.00 measurement and estimate fee returned. I have no problem paying a fee when I know about it, but I do not like paying someone to try to rip me off. I will pursue this. The final thought is that we feel so insulted that someone in this process considered us so stupid and gullible that they could blatantly inflate the charges on our job. Do we look that ignorant? Or do they just do this to all their customers? Makes you think. I have since read reviews where the same thing was tried on others.