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Read 10 Stanek windows reviews from consumers and installers to find out if their products and services are right for your home. Explore Stanek window prices here.

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Editor's Stanek Window Review

Stanek Windows is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is a regional manufacturer that is available in Ohio and many of the surrounding states through distributors and local companies. They will typically not be available in the western half of the country. Stanek manufactures a number of windows and doors, as well as siding products. In terms of windows, they offer vinyl, hurricane and wood veneer options. In general, the company makes quite a good window, their hurricane or impact window is quite impressive. In addition, their wood veneer vinyl windows are very nice looking, one of the better looking veneers on the market.

Google Stanek Windows and undoubtedly you will see Stanek Windows complaints, which stems from the company assets being purchased by Great Day Improvements back in 2013. This is a confusing legal transaction that I'll sum up for you (as best I can) - GDI bought the assets and the name, but restructured the company into their company, meaning they don't take on the legal obligations such as warranty claims. This means Stanek Windows doesn't have to honor the warranty claims for products bought before 2013, but they still market windows under their same name.

GDI has said that it will offer some warranty provisions to customers who purchased prior to this date. It's unclear how long the company will extend the warranty provisions to its past customers. At the end of the day, the acquisition by Great Day Improvements is a good thing going forward, providing Stanek better financial backing and resilience during down years.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Cincinnati Replacement Windows

Hello, we need to replace a vinyl window (leaks air, freezes in winter), and request your recommendation. We want a cost-effective choice for our area. I've read much of your reviews, and am getting progressively more confused.

Window opening: 76? H x 72 ½? W. We want three equal-size panes, with the two outer panes as moveable casement windows. Window trim throughout the house is white.

Cincinnati weather can reach 100 F in summer, and -10 F in winter. The window faces SW, so gets really hot in the summer?no tree shade. Street noise is not a factor.

Julia - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Julia, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Stanek, and Wallside are all vinyl window companies that are based out of Ohio and will have local companies that carry their windows. I've listed the window companies in order of reputation, from best to good.

Call up the local companies, get your bids, and see what they offer and what they recommend for your particular project. Nothing you mentioned sounds very complicated.

I would recommend going with their mid range vinyl window series and avoid an entry level window. Feel free to send me the bids when you receive them and I'll be more than happy to offer my advice.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Stanek Comfort Guard vs Vista Energy Xtreme

Have bids on the Vista Energy Xtreme and Stanek Comfort Guard Extreme. We are replacing 2 double hung windows and 14 casements. Each of the local companies who gave me the bids have very good reputations. I've only see the Stanek window, but was impressed with the finish and hardware options. I never did see the Vista window because the guy didn't bring out any samples.

The Vista Energy has a repel coating on the glass, while the Stanek does not. The Stanek has a better U value .19, while Vista has a .22. But the Stank uses a pocket sill, which you guys don't seem to like.

Trying to decide between the two. Thanks.

Manny - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Manny, both the Stanek Comfort Guard and Vista Energy Xtreme are good quality mid range vinyl windows. I might lean a bit to the Stanek, but these two are generally pretty close. I would shift my thinking from the windows themselves to the installers. Find the better company, installer and I think this will be the difference maker!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Solar Coating Shrinkage

Replaced all windows in my home with Stanek windows approx. 7 years ago; on 3 of them the "solar coating" is apparently shrinking/failing and appears wavy. GDI charges a minimum of $100 per window for any kind of "repair" - is there anything I can do myself regarding this coating? I fear eventually all windows will have the same issue, as those failing are on different sides of the house/get different exposure. Thanks for any advice you can offer!

Marilyne - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Marilyne, thanks for the email and sorry to hear about your problem. I'm curious whether you have your warranty and what it says specifically about this. You paid extra for your solar coating (I'm guessing) and the fact that it is failing after seven years is distressing. I would go back to the installer and insist that they come look and contact the company and tell them of the problem. They should be able to take pictures on their camera and send them to Stanek.

Unfortunately, you may have to pay for the repair, but I would throw a fit about it and see if that helps. I will certainly publish your email, it's actually the first I'm hearing of a solar coating failing.

Contact the installer and have them contact Stanek first and see if there is relief there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Marilyne's Response

Tim, I spoke with Toni in Customer Service from Stanek - she will order new glass for my windows today; Great Day Improvements will replace the faulty panes for a one-time charge of $75 (for all 3 plus one more that's gone foggy from what I assume is a broken seal). She couldn't have been more gracious or helpful. I'll let you know when the job's completed; Toni said it would take 4 weeks for the glass to come and then she'll call me to schedule the repair.

While I'm not happy about paying for repairs on what were supposed to be "lifetime" warranteed windows, I'm satisfied in shelling out the 75 bucks so I don't have to look at the rippled solar shield any more. Toni said she had heard of the film failing before but that it is a rare occurence.

[Site Editor's Response]

Marilyne, that is fantastic, to be honest I thought you'd have to pay quite a bit more than that (technically the company is under no obligation to repair anything since Stanek went out of business...long story). Anyway, it sounds like Great Day Improvements is doing a good job handling their customer service, that's great information to pass along to other consumers!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Marilyne's Response

Hi Tim, Just wanted to let you know my 4 replacement window panes were installed today; if you remember they were Stanek windows with solar film. 1 with the failed film was a double hung top pane, 2 were much bigger panes in multiple-pane windows, and one double hung had a broken seal in the bottom pane so was foggy. All now look good as new.

The installer from Great Day Improvements LLC was very efficient. I asked if he had run into many windows with the failed solar film and he said yes, especially the larger panes were prone to failure, and that Stanek was no longer producing windows with the film. Though I'm hoping not to have to replace other panes, the 3 that failed were all on a different side of the house so received drastically different sunlight and weather conditions, so fingers crossed because it could just be a matter of time. Installation of the replacement panes cost $75 and was completed in about 45 minutes. Thanks for your interest and advice in this adventure!

Marilyne - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Marilyn, so good to hear that everything worked out. You would be amazed at the number of stories I hear from consumers where this isn't the case. Good luck in the future!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Stanek vs Champion Windows

Champion manufactures a solid vinyl window, probably on par with Simonton and Stanek. They are a second tier window maker, not quite up to the level of an Okna, Softlite, or Gorell.

Holden - Contractor - in 2011


Stanek Design Problems

Stanek makes a decent window, but I don't love the pocket sill. It's a poor design and one that is done to save the manufacturer time and money. It's not a good thing for consumer, especially for those living in areas prone to lots of rain.

Compare the pocket sill to a true sloped sill like a SoftLite Elements window and the difference is clear. Sure, the Elements is the more expensive window, but it's gonna last a whole lot of time longer.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012






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Stanek vs Gorell Windows

I'm trying to decide between Stanek vinyl double hung and the Gorell Timeless window. They both seem to get good reviews so how do I choose between these?

Melinda - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Melinda, both companies make a good window. Gorell has the better reputation over the Stanek. I think if the prices are equal I would do the Gorell.

Harry - Contractor - 2010

[2nd Response]

I think Stanek has the better window. It has a DP70, while Gorell has a DP50. Stanek also has the better warrant that covers labor for a lifetime. Gorell's doesn't cover labor. Finally, Stanek uses a reinforced frame and has better cover welds in my opinion.

Cody - Contractor - 2010







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