Stanek Windows Reviews
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Stanek Windows Reviews | #1
Champion makes a decent window, although I don't think they're as good as any of the following Stanek, Gorell, Softlite or Sunrise. All of the numbers they list, like R-value, DP rating etc are a waste of time. The Total unit U-value is the only one to really look at. The one thing in colder climates is that the Champion 365 is a poor choice because it allows too much passive solar gain. Other than that, it's an OK window if you're on a budget but you can do better.
Stanek Design Problems
From what I've seen, Stanek makes a good window, but I have a big problem with the pocket sill. Manufacturers like it because it's cheaper and faster to produce than a true welded sill, but every time it rains you have water draining through the frame. One clogged weep hole and you'll have mold and warping and any number of problems. SoftLite makes an Elements window with a welded sloped sill that is so much better, it has a dp rating of 70 and looks good, too.
Stanek vs Gorell
If I'm looking at a Gorell Timeless vs Staneks, which is the better double hung? I've seen several reviews and gotten estimates, and I've narrowed it down to these two.
Both of these are decent options. I really like Gorells, and the Timeless is one of their better options. It has a slim frame, ideal for small openings that need to maximize glass area. With a lot of options and glass packages to choose from, it's a good bet for any home. Staneks are decent performers as well. but not my top choice. I like Gorell because they actually design and manufacture their products. Stanek buy parts and they assemble and install, but they don't have the same control over quality. They are a bit less expensive, though, and that is always something to consider.
Stanek has a DP rating of 70 and Gorell's is 50. The Stanek warranty covers labor and installation for as long as you live in the home, while Gorell doesn't cover them at all. I also prefer Staneks reinforced frame and clean corner welds, and the outside screen frame is flush, unlike Gorell's.
Stanek's are actually not too bad, but I won't work with them because of the pocket sill. It's a shortcut that makes for a faster and cheaper manufacturing process, but there are a lot of flaws in the design. Clogged weep holes and other damage are very common. They also use Heat Mirror, which has had a lot of problems and I'm not too fond of it.
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