Avoid all Masonite purchases
CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA, FLORIDA -- Almost 5 years ago, I purchased a Masonite 9ft triple French patio door from Home Depot. The purchase through Home Depot was easy and we ended up using our military discount providing us with a great savings. The nightmare started right after our first scheduled delivery date. It went from early April 2008 to early May 2008. Then another change to the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Yes, the holiday weekend. Well, we were told the door was on the truck and received confirmation of this on Wednesday evening. Well, since it was garbage day and we were planning our first Memorial Day in our new home, we decided to get rid of the ugly green vertical blinds covering a clouded cold heavy triple slider.
I left work early on Friday in anticipation of the door arrival at noon. Well noon came and went, and so did 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.....finally I was able to get in touch with Masonite. They assured me the door was on the way and they would install it Saturday morning at 8 am. Well, after 6pm and no door, I called them again. This time I was told the driver took the door back to the plant because he didn't feel like waiting in traffic. Really? The next delivery date was 2 weeks later....Really? What the hell. No blinds on these huge glass sliders - it was like an indoor sauna. Forget the party - it was a disaster with the creaking hot doors.
I called every person that had anything to do with the door order...including Home Depot. Masonite offered to upgrade the door to fiberglass - we told them we were advised to get a steel door because of the heavy direct sunlight. They assured us the door would be fine and its a more expensive upgrade. Fine - whatever. Home Depot, feeling bad about the Masonite experienced waived our install fee and installed the door for us.
Not even 6 months later, the door started to warp and wouldn't shut. We contacted Home Depot and they came to look at it. Something was wrong with the door. Masonite sent another one. Again, Home Depot installed it.
Oh no, now the door is leaking when it rains and its bowing again. You have to slam it hard in order for it to shut. Well, Masonite determined they needed to send another door and have their installer install it. Fine. Their installer - one portly little old man, decided to install the new door in the evening - ??? To stop the leaking, he super cemented the door base to our ceramic tiles....we were unaware of this.
Okay, no more leaking, but the door still will not close and now there is an actual gap between door panels. Oh no, not again. Yes again.
Well, Masonite, decided to "fix" the door yet again. This time they sent their premier contractor to the "rescue"....oh boy. Once again, it wouldn't shut and pushed out when it was closed. So what do we do now? A few more adjustments and then ....fast forward 2012. After angry calls from Home Depot, it was determined that Masonite kept sending the WRONG door. That upgrade they kept insisting was a good one, was part of the problem. They were wrong and the warped door was due to the direct sunlight hitting it. That is why we ordered a STEEL door in the first place. Well, Masonite ordered the steel door and again used their premier subcontractor ----- we were frustrated and skeptical of a positive outcome.
Removing the door frame began the second part of a 4 year nightmare. After seeing the base molded to our ceramic tiles, the subcontractor using a sharp heavy tool pulled them apart - now we have at least 6 broken tiles, a huge gap between the door and the rest of the tiles and a door that hasn't been installed. It is now close to 6pm and getting dark. Well, around 7:30pm we have a door installed - but also broken tiles that have been glued together with sharp points sticking up, door molding re-glued to our tiles - yes door molding.... 2 doors without plugs to cover the nail holes, a broken screen, shabby trim work- insulation exposed, brushed nickel handles and gold locks, crooked framing, and bugs crawling under the door and hanging out under the door molding on our floor! We have been in the same situation since April of 2012 and haven't heard a peep from Masonite - well other than offering $200. WHAT? Well, actually let me back up. Their warranty department did call - they wanted estimates to fix the floor. Home Depots warranty department sent over an independent adjuster to see if he could fix the tiles....nope. The previous homeowner put the tiles in, we only had 2 extra, the tiles were no longer in-stock and we needed a full box. The adjuster measured our entire family room, kitchen and small bath -all of the tile needed to be replaced since they weren't able to find matching tile to fix their screw up. Several months passed and still no word on the floor, but they managed to send me the wrong plugs 3 times and broken door screens twice.
Finally, we were informed that we needed at least 3 quotes for fixing or replacing the floors. Okay, so we got 3 quotes and sent it over to them. Now they want to send the same screw up contractor back to my home to remove tiles from my refrigerator area and fix the ones over by the door....Really? Hell no! After several shipments of incorrect plugs -at least 4 more, broken screens - at least 2 more, promises and heartache, I am done with Masonite and negotiating. It is now January of 2013, and we will now take legal action against this company for the damage they have done. In the meantime, we will also make every potential customer aware of our situation so they can make an informed decision when purchasing doors, windows, etc... Masonite is not worthy of my time nor my energy. They should be embarrassed.