Stanek Windows Reviews
Read 8 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.
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.
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!
[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.
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!
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!
[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!
Stanek vs Champion Windows
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 okay 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 Windows
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.