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Problems With Mohawk Engineered Wood Floors
Posted by Suma9832 on 08/06/2008
When we purchased our townhome we chose to have the builder put in the Mohawk engineered wood floors that were available as an upgrade. They looked fantastic on the sample. Since then have been very dissatisfied with these floors and have had numerous problems ranging from annoying to huge.

First, like other folks have noticed, they get smudges instantly after cleaning them, no matter what product one uses and no matter if you have socks, shoes, or bare feet.

Second, we noticed that there are gaps between the ends of the boards where they are supposed to meet and sometimes between the boards on the long side. Also, many boards are not level where the ends meet, resulting in an annoying lip. It's hard to say if it's the product or the installers that have caused this. A customer service rep at Mohawk said gaps are normal and we should see them go away as the seasons change - well, we've been through three seasons and there's been no change for better or worse. The rep I spoke with couldn't even tell me under what conditions (humidity, temperature, etc.) the gaps wouldn't be there and whether there was an actual quantitative size that below which was deemed acceptable. Because we're under warranty with the builder we are having them address the issues.

So far we've met with a rep from the company that installed the floors and he said that the acceptable industry standard for gaps and unlevelness is the thickness of a credit card. We said that's not acceptable. Then he said that it's a man-made product and we should accept these flaws. We said no, because it's a man-made product you can control such things and it's more dimensionally stable than solid wood (a natural product) so it shouldn't expand/contract that much AND the boards are glued down so they shouldn't move at all. His solution was to fill all of the 60 or so gaps with these special filler crayons and shoot finishing nails through the boards that are not level to get them to stay down, then fill the holes with the crayons. The problem now is that the crayon doesn't match the color of the floors and you can see where the nails went through the boards anywhere there is light from a window. We are also concerned because we now have holes through the top protective coat - who knows what problems this will cause in years to come.

To add insult to injury, we found that two colors of wood have been installed in our living room. The rest of the floors are uniform in color but there are blond planks intersperse with our butternut. The installer insisted he ordered the whole house from one batch in order to avoid such a problem. Interestingly, the builder's punch-list guy admitted they've had similar problems with these floors in some of the other townhomes.

Now we are waiting for a third party Mohawk rep to visit to see if it's "normal variation". We still need to revisit the "fixes" the installer did because the floor looks worse now than it did before. More to come....In summary, it's not worth the trouble to even bother with Mohawk engineered wood if you have a choice (we know that now).
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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-06:
Sounds like you have a disaster. The problem probably is not the actual flooring since the wood flooring is all tongue and grooved pieces, I be willing to bet the problem exist in the subflooring and installation. If it is the subflooring the only real way to fix it is to rip it all up and start over. An acceptable gap should be no more than a 1/16th of an inch and the ends should fit flush on the ends. As far as the smudging goes, welcome to hardwood floors. If you can find a solution please let me know as mine does the same thing. Good Luck
Posted by al1113 on 2011-03-08:
well, on a good note- its cleaner than carpet! my floors always smudge and I thought it was because they were darker-- either way, I guess I don't mind cleaning them as much as I saw all the dirt from vacuuming carpet....at least for now- I've only had mine 2 months.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-03-09:
Good Post. Having recently moved the laminate dining room floor needs replacement due to the dog nail scratches & urine stains the seller did not correct. I installed Mohawk carpets in other areas which are beautiful with no problems. Now I'll think twice about their flooring.
Posted by AceCustomFlooring on 2011-03-30:
I am very sorry you are getting the run around. Yes the rep is correct that under certain situations the standard for gaps in a natural hardwood floor is a credit card. But that is in a house where temperatures fluctuate and in an area where humidity is a factor. All wood grows and shrinks somewhat. Engineered hardwood is designed not to do that...or very little at all. I am located in Indiana where temperatures and humidity fluctuates greatly and we have little to no problems when properly installed. The things that matter most is do you have a crawl space or a basement...are they properly heated and vented? Was a proper vapor barrier used? Were the correct staples used for the thickness of engineered plank...did they put enough staples in each plank?

We make a good deal of money every year replacing and repairing shoddy work. I feel very bad for your situation. Mohawk actually makes some of the best wood flooring out there and it seams that you were victim to a bad contractor, or a contractor with bad subcontractors.
Posted by jimjanetmura on 2012-10-26:
No one should buy stranded bamboo flooring from Mohawk. We have been trying for over a year to have Mohawk Industries accept responsibility for this flooring which the included instructions stated could be placed over radiant heat and then we were told by a MOHAWK INSPECTOR that this flooring should never have been sold to us for this application after which he brought forth another instruction manual which said it was not to be placed over radiant heat, but that is not what our installation booklet says. Mohawk is saying it is an installation issue but that is not what their inspector says. The floor is buckling, separating, splintering, and is a tripping hazard. We were in contact with Mohawk within weeks of installation with our concerns about the flooring and they did nothing and in every correspondence Mohawk says it is not their responsibility. My husband is confined to a wheelchair and it is a problem for him. What a lousy and uncaring company. Boycott Mohawk products and if you have stock, sell it.
Posted by Melissa Barnhill on 2012-11-28:
Wish that I had found this site before purchasing my Mohawk flooring. Scratches way too easily and leaves white marks instead of just a scratch. Spent ALL of my savings to do this and have had no help from my dealer or Mohawk. They say since the scratches are from my dogs nails and that is not covered by the warranty they will not even inspect my floors. Not all the scratches are from my dogs nails and I am begging someone to explain why the scratches are white instead of just being a scratch! Bad decision and expensive lesson learned. Do not purchase this product.
Posted by Mrs.H on 2013-01-30:
We installed Mohawk handscraped engineered flooring throughout our house. We even used all their transitions and nosings. The transitions have color chipping right off of them. The nosing color has worn right through on the stairs and my floors are super scratched everywhere. I will never buy Mohawk products ever again. We spent all our savings on these floors and they need to be ripped up and replaced already after 3 years post Reno.
Posted by kayzee on 2013-02-22:
Mohawk definitely and I mean DEFINITELY does not stand behind their products. My hardwood flooring proved defective within 12 weeks but Mohawk just ignored our complaints and refused to honor their warranty. Their is no redress with American manufacturers so from now on I will buy foreight products without any feelings of guilt. If Mohawk and other US mfrs. go out of business I will cheer because they are bringing it on themselves!!
Posted by AmyR on 2013-03-10:
Do not ever buy Mohawk engineered wood. The color of the wood floor under my area rugs are 80% darker just after 2 years. Mohawk said this acceptable even though on the color change scale my floor is an 4 out of 10! They do not stand behind their product. I will never use Mohawk products again.
Posted by fred on 2013-04-18:
Melissa-no wood manufacturer covers wood scratching, just like no car manufacturer warranties their paint scratching. The white is the aluminum oxide that every manufacturer uses as a protective layer.
jimjanetmura and kayzee-check out Mohawk’s stock performance over the past year. You might know less about business/stocks than flooring.
AmyR-Sun makes the color of floors fade, the manufacturer can't make wood not behave like wood.
Posted by David J on 2013-07-10:
Certified Hardwood Flooring Inspector through the NWFA.
Most of these complaints originated at the point of sale. If you are going to spend thousands of dollars on flooring, spend a few hours educating yourself on the product and warranties. Most of the complaints I have read, are NOT unusual and I hear them all the time. If you are convinced you have a problem, hire a certified inspector to evaluate the situation. If he or she finds a problem and the manufacturer/ retailer will not take care of the problem, take them to court. Manufacturers hate going to court because they almost always lose!
Posted by Kristie on 2013-11-28:
I wish I had read this 6 months ago. We just build a house and moved into it yesterday. I had to choose between hardwood floors and engineered hardwood for te floors and I just loved the look of the engineered floor so I chose that. I began to feel nervous with my decision so I did research saying engineered is more durable and better for dogs. And then I still went to talk to builder who said don't worry it's good stuff. We closed on the house 4 days ago and have lived in it for one. There are chips and deep scratches appearing everywhere. What will this look like in a year?? This is the softest flooring I have ever been on. I am freaking out. I could've had hard wood for FREE and now I'm screwed. I feel like throwing up.
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Defective Mohawk Flooring: An installer's nightmare!
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 10/18/2009
In August 2009, I purchased 1000sqft of Mohawk's Mirador Porcelain Tile because I was impressed by the demo tile, but it proved to be a huge mistake for the following reasons.

1) No "Made in China" label or country of origin disclosure on demo tile or website:

Several stores told me that this product was made in the USA by Mohawk. But to my horror, it was delivered in plain bundles labeled "Made in China."

It's beginning to appear that Mohawk buys this tile from China, sticks a Mohawk label on the demo tiles, and routinely fails to disclose the country of origin. Shame on Mohawk for deceiving customers!

It also appears that "Shaw Tile Company" sells an alarmingly similar tile to Mohawk's Mirador line. So there's nothing Mohawk or USA about it.

Problem #2) Mohawk's inferior tile steeply drives up installation costs and significantly delays completion times.

Installation was a nightmare: bowed tile with pinholes and chipped/broken corners along with a single edge that tends to be much sharper than the rest, enough to slice the installer's finger.

Even after the most conscientious and costly installation, the defects are still blatantly obvious and the protruding lips are unavoidable.

Problem #3): Mohawk Customer Service is Unconcerned and Unresponsive:

It's been over seven weeks since my initial complaint but still no action from Mohawk, not even a call back. My unfinished project appears to be indefinitely delayed and costs continue to rise.

My initial complaint was to the store and an unresponsive Mohawk Field Representative who asked me to leave him some tile at the store to examine, but never showed up to look at it. He expressed that he was confident that Mohawk's tile was within tolerance and told me to continue with installation.

After numerous calls, the Mohawk rep finally looked at the tile, and from my understanding, his company agrees that the tile is defective, but is not prepared to act on my claim.

Mohawk Industries tells me to keep waiting for an answer from the store.

It has been over 7 weeks since I sent them evidence of the defects, and Mohawk has yet to provide me with a viable solution, let alone a call back to let me know the status of my claim.

When I called the Mohawk Claims Department, the Mohawk rep told me that she only communicates with retailers about complaints and not customers. Easy for Mohawk!

I've visited the store countless times but Mohawk doesn't appear to be doing anything with my claim. The store has called Mohawk numerous times but they just keep getting the run-around.

Thus, from my experience, it's fair to conclude that Mohawk Industries has awful customer service, inferior tile, and does not stand behind its products. Buyer Beware!
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-18:
Just because something is MADE here, doesn't mean all the materials used in the creation ARE. I have bought things that say BOTH, made in USA & made in China.

The similar product line sold by a competitor has no bearing on your complaint. If it were not legal to have 2 similar products, there would be only ONE tv, vcr, dvd player, stereo, ham sandwich, shoes, shirt etc . NOTHING would have a lower or higher cost brand.

Now, IF the product IS defective, you first need to contact the STORE you bought it from. MANY manufacturers do not deal with customers as the customer is NOT their customer, the store is. All complaints and services go through them. That is not to say EVERY company works that way, but some do. Make a complaint to the store, and let them handle the replacement process.

I am wondering, these defects you are describing seem to be very visible. WHY did you NOT stop the installation when you saw what was happening?
Posted by dan gordon on 2009-10-18:
I worked for Mohawk for seven yrs. You are a customer of the store who is Mohawks customer. Not installing what you preceive as defective product is the normal procedure. They should get back to the retailer but your not really saying anything other than its a difficult product to install.
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-10-23:
Response to Comment posted by LadyScot on 10/18/2009:

(1) Why doesn't Mohawk disclose to customers apriori that their tile products are made in China?

You bring up a good point that you "have bought things that say BOTH, made in USA & made in China."

In today's global market, it's not unusual for components to be made and/or assembled in other countries. But as you nicely pointed out, you were notified of that information by the manufacturer, and my issue w/ Mohawk is that they don't label their products with country of origin.

(2) I agree with LadyScot that it's advantageous for there to be multiple manufacturers of tile, TV's, etc.

The problems is that Mohawk claimed that its Mirador porcelain tile line was made in its own factory, meeting Mohawk's exacting standards and guidelines, and now it's beginning to appear that this tile is a generic Chinese tile sold by multiple manufacturers - each claiming that it's their own.

To tie this back to your VCR example, this is equivalent to paying for a name-brand VCR and receiving a generic VCR in a generic box from a factory in China, and having no one to help you resolve problems with the inferior product.

Therefore, those who order tile from Mohawk will likely receive tile that does not bear Mohawk's name on it anywhere, not even on the packaging.

3) LadyScot is absolutely right in advising Mohawk customers to submit complaints to their stores, because Mohawk does NOT speak to customers about claim status.

Please be forewarned that Mohawk does not attend to complaints from stores, and that's why I am telling you about my frustrating experience with Mohawk.

I notified my Mohawk store on August 31, 2009 of a slew of defects with their Mohawk Mirador porcelain tile and they immediately notified Mohawk about it. It's now October 22, 2009, over seven weeks since my initial complaint, and Mohawk has yet to respond.

That's just negligently poor customer service from Mohawk!

4) LadyScot raises an excellent point when asking, "I am wondering, these defects you are describing seem to be very visible. WHY did you NOT stop the installation when you saw what was happening?"

I have stopped installing this tile and have been waiting for a response from Mohawk.

5) Overview:
LadyScot brought up excellent points and a refreshing perspective. And I really want to drive the point home that flooring tile is different from many other consumer goods, and there needs to be more accountability. Unfortunately, with tile, there are labor costs at every turn, deadlines, and it's not so easy to tear out and replace.

Therefore, I truly hope that my experience will help others make educated and informed decisions.

Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-10-23:
Response to Comment posted by LadyScot on 10/18/2009:

Response to Comment posted by Dan Gordon on 10/18/2009:

Thanks so much for your thoughts Dan!

As you have advised, I did contact the store on August 31, 2009 to let them know that the Mohawk Mirador porcelain tile was plagued by defects but Mohawk has yet to respond.

As someone who has worked for Mohawk, can you comment on how long it typically takes for Mohawk to resolve a claim?

It's been over seven weeks and still no response.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-23:
RS, thank you for clarifying for me. I understand a bit better now. Keep after them especially since it appears they are dodging you. Make sure the store has filed a complaint and threaten to sue. See if that lights any fires.
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-10-27:
Over Eight Weeks and Still No Answer!

Called Mohawk Consumer Affairs Dept on 10/27/09 at 12:30PM PT for an update. Ed could not find my claim. Ten minutes later, he transferred me to Gina, the supervisor who I spoke with on 9/28/09.

Gina claims to have responded to my letter on 10/23/09 and that my claim has been resolved. She did not elaborate on what "resolved" means, and refused to provide me with any details. She recommended waiting for the letter to arrive and/or calling the store. She wouldn't tell me who she was dealing with at the store because she had 5 pages of notes and not about to read them.

I called the store but the manager is waiting to receive Mohawk's decision in writing before promising me anything.

In summary, it's been over 8 weeks since my initial complaint to Mohawk, my project is far from complete, and I'm still waiting for an answer from Mohawk regarding their defective Mirador Ivory Cream porcelain tile.
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-10-29:
Received a letter from Mohawk Industries dated 10/23/09. This marked the first and only follow-up I’ve received from Mohawk since alerting them of the problems two months ago.

Here’s what it said:

“This will acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 14, 2009 regarding your dissatisfaction with your flooring. We are sorry you are not happy with your selection.

A review of your claim indicated that two sets of tile samples has been reviewed by the Quality Control Lab and the “bowing” that you are concerned with was found to be within acceptable tolerance. Regardless, your concerns have been resolved with your dealer. If they have not contacted you, then you may want to contact them to follow up.

We are sorry for the inconvenience you experienced and trust your replacement floor will be more to your satisfaction.

Very truly yours,
Gina Esslinger
Manager – Consumer Affairs”
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-10-29:
Response to Mohawk’s letter dated 10/23/2009:

As much as I appreciate Mohawk’s letter, it is not clear how my concerns are being addressed. The dealer has no idea of what Mohawk has done to “resolve” my claim and neither do I.

What's evident is that my project is falling months behind schedule, costs continue to accrue, and after two months of run-arounds with Mohawk, still no word from them on how to proceed.

Furthermore, Mohawk’s letter raises new concerns about the review process used to evaluate my tile, because they don’t have “two sets” of my tile to evaluate. The Mohawk field representative never collected “two sets” of tile from me or the store. So how could “the Quality Control Lab” possibly arrive at the conclusion that my tile is within acceptable tolerance?

I responded by sending them pictures of their defective tile and forwarding a copy to the California Attorney General’s Office. Mohawk Industries clearly does not care about its customers or back up its inferior products! Buyers Beware!
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-11-12:
Received letter from Mohawk Industries dated November 4, 2009. It's another vague letter from Mohawk tile which fails to describe how my claim is being resolved.

Here's what it said:

"This will acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 28, 2009 relative to the above claim you have registered with your dealer for 'bowing' in your tile. Your letter also advises you had issues with chipped/broken corners, pinholes and sharp edges. We are sorry you were not happy with your tile.

Once again, I must direct you to your dealer, ..., as your claim has been resolved with them. I am sure you can appreciate that ... is our dealer to whom we sold the product that you purchased from. Therefore, all claims must be resolved with the end user through the dealer that we sold the product do.

By copy of this letter I am making your dealer aware that you have once again contacted us and asking him to please contact you and resolve your issues.

Very truly yours,
Gina Esslinger
Manager-Consumer Affairs"

... = name of dealer has been redacted
Posted by R.S. in So Cal on 2009-11-12:
Response to Mohawk’s letter dated 11/4/2009:

Contrary to Mohawk Industries' assertions, my Mohawk tile dealer is not aware of any specific plans by Mohawk to resolve my complaint.

It's been nearly 11 weeks since I brought my complaint to Mohawk regarding their 1,000 square feet of flawed Chinese porcelain tile, and they have yet to propose a solution on how to proceed with my project, let alone give me a straight answer on how my complaint is being addressed!
Posted by Kathy Brown on 2013-11-13:
My tile is of poor quality. It is got a haze and we can't get rid of it. They don't know what to do and tehy can clean it at all. It is hazy. KB
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Bad Investment
Posted by Mitchmeister on 02/22/2009
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA -- We purchased Mohawks engineered flooring mainly because Mohawk was the brand name. What a mistake this was. The first thing we noticed after the wood floor was installed, by professionals, was many boards were not level where the ends meet, resulting in an annoying lip. We can feel this unevenness on our feet when we stand on the lip. Our flooring company, instantly sent over an inspector to check out our problem. They informed us Mohawk would send an independent flooring expect to check our complaint. Three weeks later the independent inspector told us the floor was in tolerance with acceptable industry standard for gaps and unlevelness. What a crock of poop!

If this is industry standards, no one should buy an engineered wood floor.

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Posted by dan gordon on 2009-02-22:
I can tell you that milling is important but so is the condition of your subfloor. If you went with a square edged product then you have no way to compensate for uneven subfloor. Is the floor floating or glued down? You don't give any information. Mohawk gets their wood from a variety of vendors so you can't make a blanket statement re: don't buy engineered floors. There are single plank, 3 strip, floating, glue down etc etc.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
When we had our wood floors put in we paid a little extra for the installer to lay down a sheet of vinyl, like you might have in a bathroom. They glued the vinyl to the cement then the planks to the vinyl. It made the surface the wood went on just about perfect and the vinyl acts as a great moisture guard in case the cement gets wet or the moisture level goes over 4%-5%.
Posted by dan gordon on 2009-02-22:
if your subfloor isn't perfectly smooth the underlayment wouldn't help the op's problems. What I was pointing out was the problem isn't a mfctring one. If two unistalled boards were side by side of course there is a tolerance allowed. Most flooring is milled to NOFMA's standards
Posted by Mendyk on 2010-05-18:
We have had Mohawk flooring in all our homes. We loved it...until now. We bought a new home with approx. 3800sft of Mohawk wood flooring. We have been here approx. 8 months. The floor is horrible. The smallest pressure by anything leaves deep scratches which cannot be repaired. I have never even allowed guests to wear shoes in our homes. Mohawk sent an inspector out to look. Its been a month and Mohawk says they haven't received the report from the inspector. We have a half a million dollar home and expected top quality from Mohawk in product and customer service. We have received neither. We have received the run around. Mohawk won't talk to us. They say the builder has to deal with them. The builder says Mohawk won't return their calls. We are giving them 5 more business days and if there is no resolve we do have an attorney on retainer. WARNING*** Do not buy Mohawk flooring. I do not work and have all the time in the world and WILL make sure our experience is found all over the internet.
Bach@earthlink.net Contact me if you would like to hear more.
Posted by Mendyk on 2010-05-18:
We have had Mohawk flooring in all our homes. We loved it...until now. We bought a new home with approx. 3800sft of Mohawk wood flooring. We have been here approx. 8 months. The floor is horrible. The smallest pressure by anything leaves deep scratches which cannot be repaired. I have never even allowed guests to wear shoes in our homes. Mohawk sent an inspector out to look. Its been a month and Mohawk says they haven't received the report from the inspector. We have a half a million dollar home and expected top quality from Mohawk in product and customer service. We have received neither. We have received the run around. Mohawk won't talk to us. They say the builder has to deal with them. The builder says Mohawk won't return their calls. We are giving them 5 more business days and if there is no resolve we do have an attorney on retainer. WARNING*** Do not buy Mohawk flooring. I do not work and have all the time in the world and WILL make sure our experience is found all over the internet.
Bach@earthlink.net Contact me if you would like to hear more.
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Still Waiting for Adjuster to Send In Review
Posted by Mendyk on 05/04/2010
Long story short, Mohawk sent adjuster out because our floors are brand new and look 15 yrs old. Over 2 weeks and Mohawk says they haven't even received the report. HELLO??? The adjuster told me personally he does not mail in the report HE SENDS IT ELECTRONICALLY. What can take so long to push a button to send report?

We will not be left hanging for months. We will sue if we cannot get some help within 30 days.

BTW We have had Mohawk flooring in every home we have built and NEVER had a problem before.
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Posted by dan gordon on 2011-03-19:
your complaint actually says nothing. Mohawk hires the adjustor not you and he will get back to your retailer not the consumer. I worked for Mohawk for many yrs and know the program. Since you don't state what the problem is I can't offer any suggestions.
Posted by BONeal on 2011-11-04:
I had Mohawk manufactured hardwood floors installed in my new construction home in 2005, everywhere except kitchen, baths, and laundry. Around 2007 I started to notice the floors started to look worn in some areas. Contacted the installer, who got an independent inspector to come out. It took a while for the report to come back, which the installer never forwarded to us.
Long story short, the slats look like they are peeling between the grooves, loosing color, and turning gray. With a 25 year warranty, Mohawk won't do anything about it. I absolutely hate these floors, and would discourage anyone thinking of buying them. Everytime I look at them they make me angry.
Posted by KDixon on 2012-04-20:
I am with you. We have brand new Mohawk Strand Bamboo floors, they began splitting and developing waves as soon as we moved into the house, have had TWO certified inspectors as the splits have progressed to now more than 55 across 1500sf. http://netdotstuff.com/americashomeplace/mohawkbamboo.html Both inspections point at manufacturer problems. Mohawk is not honoring their warranty and is ignoring the certified flooring inspections. We have been trying to resolve this issue since closing on our house 9/2011, still living on floors covered in splits and waves, all marked with green tape in a brand new home.
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Avoid Mohawk Laminate Flooring
Posted by Laminate floor installer on 08/05/2010
I recently installed 1,200 square feet of Mohawk "Natural Oak" in a condo I just purchased. I bought the flooring from Ollies. The flooring cost me around $1,700 and took a week to install. It was installed on a solid concrete slab with a proper vapor barrier. I used an approved rubberized underlayment between the slab and the flooring. I installed it according to the instructions and have many years of experience in home renovations. Soon after the installation, the floor began buckling as described by other reviewers on the site. In addition, the "floor" layer started peeling up from around the edges of the floor segments. I tried using weight to float the buckling out without success. The flooring looks terrible and I have not been able to move into my condo. I am at a loss at what to do at this point, but I don't plan to ever buy another Mohawk product.
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Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-05:
Installing wood flooring on concrete can be a challenge, but it sounds like you know what you're doing. If the wood is solid oak, it shouldn't buckle or peel. I can only imagine how disappointed and disgusted you are with this situation. Have you contacted the company?
Posted by dan gordon on 2010-08-05:
its laminate not wood. If its delaminating something is going on. I worked for Mohawks laminate dept and if it were a defect it would be corrected. Your leaving something out of the story. How was it acclimated? Mohawk makes products that sell from .$99 to $5.00 so its pretty harsh to rule out an entire company due to one problem.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-06:
OP, I don't know that I would trust that kind of purchase from Ollie's, if you are referring to the discount outlet store.

I bought an area rug there once, and it was defective. I think many of the items they sell are "seconds". I also know of several other people who also ended up with defective merchandise from Ollie's.

Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-06:
You're right, Dan. I completely missed the word "laminate". I saw the word "oak" and assumed it was solid wood.
Posted by grandma005 on 2010-08-06:
It is cheap laminate at that. Only 1.43 sq ft.
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Mohawk Carpet and Lowes Do Not Stand Behind Their Carpet Warranty
Posted by Erpanp on 10/07/2012
This Carpet is the worst!!! We had just bought our first home and put in $4000.00 worth of Mohawk Carpet. We were told at Lowe's that this is really good carpet. It looked nice there and felt nice as well. Their sign said it was tough enough for kids, which was good because we have two boys and it was pet friendly which we have a dog. It was also suppose to not show stains which we wanted! Lowe's sold us on this Carpet.

We had it installed about 1 month after we moved in our house on October 13th 2011. So November we had our new carpet and it seemed really nice. It was around March when we realized we was getting a bald spot right in the middle of our living room. All the carpet strains kept coming out. We contacted Lowe's immediately and they filed a claim with the company. The company sent out a independent inspector to look at it and write a report. The company denied our claim stating it was related to our carpet cleaner and our dog. We had a name brand carpet cleaner, Bissell and our dog never messed with the carpet. It ended up that Lowe's paid for part of our carpet and the company ended up paying for the rest after Lowe's kept on them for a good while.

So we had the new carpet installed which was the same kind of carpet. This was probably around May that it was installed. Within 1 month we began to see our seams coming apart. So I called the installers and they came to fix them, however it ended up being the carpet coming apart from the bottom of the carpet, the matting I guess. So we filed yet another claim. Once again the company has denied our claim. Lowe's said there is nothing else they can do and that they will give us a discount off of new flooring if we wish. I am now stuck with crappy carpet from a company that does not stand behind their warranty!! My carpet looks dirty and worn only after a few months and it's all coming apart. I paid $4000.00 for this and it lasted less then one year!! I have two kids and do not have money to replace $4000.00 worth of flooring after a year.

This company is horrible and I wish I would of never bought their carpet!! I am a mother just trying to provide a nice home for my children and companies like Mohawk doesn't care!! Don't buy this Carpet!!!
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Posted by ok4now on 2012-10-08:
Sorry to hear about your Mohawk buying experience. It seems that Lowe's and the carpet company did try by replacing the first carpet free of charge. It appears highly suspect that the second carpet would fail in only a month. I have Mohawk carpeting in my home and it shows no wear or problems after two years. Could your two boys plus the dog be accelerating the carpet wear? If the carpet is being used in a high traffic area and failing maybe you should consider some other type of more durable flooring.
Posted by BigAl on 2012-10-08:
Dogs and some styles of carpeting do not mix. Some carpeting will show early wear and damage due to the dogs nails. Even frequent visits to the groomer does not always rectify the problem.
Posted by Noname on 2013-05-07:
We had the same experience with our Mohawk carpet. We don't have young children or a pet, but our carpets are wearing extremely poorly. Are carpets are only 3 years old and they look 30 years old. I have never experienced a carpet wear so poorly. I contacted Mohawk, but they do not stand behind their product. Shame on you! DON'T BUY MOHAWK CARPET! You'll be sorry.
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Mohawk Doesn't Care
Posted by ZeldaB on 07/01/2009
NEW MEXICO -- We built a new home recently and used Mohawk for all of our flooring; tile, carpet and hard wood. We have a concrete slab and ordered/purchased a floating hard wood floor. Our contractor told us that because of the slab and shifting/settling of the ground a floating floor would allow the floor to "give" and not gap or break should the slab move. I don't if it was installed correctly or not. Right now (over 3 months since we complained) our flooring is still not right. Our installer came by to look at it after we noticed that the floor was very wavy - high spots that you could actually see move up and down when you stepped on them - and when it started to separate between planks. They tried to fix it by ripping up some of the flooring and "pushing it together" with big straps. Obviously that did not work. They called Mohawk back in the middle of April to get them involved with the problem. Mohawk had to send out an "independent inspector" before anything could be done. It took almost 4 weeks to get an inspector and then he didn't turn in his report for over 1 week after that. Of course Mohawk pays this "independent" inspector and found they were not at fault and it was the installers problem. I tried to talk to customer service and they said they could not speak with me, they only speak to the distributors/resellers. I asked to speak to someone who COULD speak with me and I was told that no one ever speaks directly to the customer, it's their policy! I guess I should have known - Mohawk got it's money from the distributor/installer and the installer got our money and now we're left with part of our floor torn up and no idea if it will ever be fixed. A lot of finger pointing going on and Mohawk DOES NOT CARE if the customer is happy or not. I hope everyone who reads this will seriously consider NOT USING MOHAWK for any of your flooring needs. According to the independent inspector Mohawk will let anyone sell their product as long they pay them. Oh... and our floor gets smudges on it too and dog Drool is super hard to get up!
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Posted by madconsumer on 2009-07-01:
it does sound like an installer issue. engieered wood floors are very stable and uniform. what type of under layment was useds? was it rated for concrete?
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-07-01:
Go right back to your installer and don't let them fob you off on Mohawk. They put it in wrong.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-07-01:
Yep, installer and distributor you purchased it from. That's where the blame lies.
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Posted by Wahspac on 01/03/2014
TENNESSEE, TENNESSEE -- Mohawk Carpet Warranty requires the carpet to be professionally cleaned by a "CERTIFIED" carpet cleaner. Using a "Bissell" is not a professional cleaning. In fact it leaves harmful high pH chemical residues in the carpet. You voided the manufacturers warranty. You should be thankful that they replaced it.

Copied from Mohawk's Carpet Warranty Brochure...

5. Maintain your carpet according to Mohawk requirements in the section of this brochure labeled “Carpet Care and Guidelines”, including having a minimum of one (1) professional cleaning every 18 months using cleaning products, equipment, systems and services specified/certified with the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval. (Visit www.carpet-rug.org for a complete list of certified products.) You must show proof of cleanings in the form of a bill, invoice, or statement for cleaning services. Along with these documents, Mohawk recommends keeping a 2’ x 3’ piece of carpet from your installation for your warranty or in case you ever need to make a repair.
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Mohawk Sucks
Posted by Kayzee861 on 02/21/2013
DELAWARE -- I had subject flooring installed in my home and within 12 weeks we discovered that it was becoming discolored. We contacted the store where it was purchased and they pawned us off on Mohawk who also gave us the brush off. Their claim was that the floors discolored because of exposure to light. Well, what home does not have light?

I am light sensitive and the light in my home is extremely subdued and this was proven to an inspector who came to my home. He totally lied in his inspection report and stated that the floors were exposed to bright sunlight. Really? The furniture was in the rooms for 10 years but did not have any fading. Fabric is far more susceptible to fading than hardwood floors but 10 years of light on fabric caused no fading but 12 weeks on Mohawk flooring changed the color of the floors. Can you say bull boys and girls?
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Mohawk Laminate Flooring...LIFTING...DO NOT BUY!
Posted by Susie12u on 02/09/2013
MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN -- We replaced our 17 yr. old carpeting with the Mohawk Laminate Rosewood High Gloss. Beautiful floor! We went with the high expectations of the Mohawk name. Mohawk's warranty says that the laminate flooring is water reistant, well it's not! We had a few spills from the kids but was cleaned up immediately. Well those spots are lifting terribly and getting worse as time goes by. I'm now noticing little spots in various areas that are starting to lift.

We don't wear our shoes on the flooring so there's no wear. I clean with a laminate spray cleaner so no moisture is on the floor. We installed a cheaper grade laminate of a different company years earlier than the Mohawk and that flooring is holding up much better than the Mohawk. We had a contractor look at the flooring and he said it was installed correctly and that it should not be lifting the way it is and to contact the company.

I could see if we abused this floor and walked on it with wet shoes but we don't at all. Very disappointed with this floor. We don't have more money to spend on replacing this floor so hope that Mohawk will help us, but that doesn't look like that will happen according to other reviews. I did contact Mohawk so waiting on a response.
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Posted by trmn8r on 2013-02-09:
It would be very informative if once you hear back from them you let everyone know. They should be given an opportunity to make it right.
Posted by ok4now on 2013-02-10:
Very interesting post, you're timing couldn't be better. I've been shopping for a new dining room floor to replace the scratched laminate left by the previous owner & their dog. I was trying to decide whether to go with laminate again, engineered wood or real wood.

Let's review. Laminate looks great but it's plastic and not real wood. As you stated it's not water resistant and can't be refinished.

Engineered wood is a veneer top layer with multiple layers of plain wood underneath. Difficult to refinish and may not be possible.

Real wood. Very durable and can be refinished. Moisture and humidity may cause expansion and contraction. This has been time tested, has natural beauty and offers the best combination. This is the product I'm going with.
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