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Read 5 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

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.

Holden - Contractor - in 2011

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.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012

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.

Melinda - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

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.

Harry - Contractor - 2010

[2nd Response]

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.

Cody - Contractor - 2010

[3rd Response]

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.

Michael - Contractor - from 2010

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