Lowe's Informative - RE: Hardwood and Tile Complaint.
Yes, Lowe's labor is high for tile and hardwood. They do over measure. I went to Lowes like I have for 16 years here. I bought their tile and I passed om their hardwood as it was all junk.
I asked around where to buy 3/4 solid hardwood for the best price and hardwood that was a minimum of select grade. The secret is to use the Internet sites to buy your hardwood.
These sites trust you to be smart enough to calculate square footage and add for waste and/or bad boards. Now tell your Lowes estimate man that you have a place for tile work in a triangle figure. I will lay 3-1 odds that most cannot figure the square foot of a triangle. Now that was 10th grade math/basic geometry to most of us. Why are they charging you by the square foot for area you do not have? I suggest greed, quotas, profitability,etc. Lowes is not the highest. The do have some quality installers. Read up on the subject so you know all you need to know to be comfortable discussing tile,hardwood, and installation basics especially what should be used on your sub floor and pick out your own grout.
Ask around. You should be able to get hardwood installed for 2 bucks a square foot or less and tile installed for 4 bucks. You will have to buy the thinset, backerboard, grout etc. You will save x bucks a sq ft installed. %200 plus on a Lowes 150 sq ft tile jon. It goes up with more sq ft. Why wouldn't some break or waste tile if a square foot of tile cost less then the labor cost per sq ft to install it and they were getting paid for it?
Sadly, I have seen this done in both wasteful cutting and broken or hidden tile. Why cannot an honest get paid labor rates for actual square footage laid?