First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

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First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

#1 Post by mcomin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:01 pm

Hello,

I am in the process of buying vinyl replacement windows for my home.
I have narrowed the choices between a highly recommended contractor who uses Pella 350 series windows and Gilkey Windows.

The contractor quoted me $1500 less than Gilkey.

I have heard mixed reviews on Pella and have not been able to find much information about Gilkey.

Any help or suggestions is very appreciated.

Thank you.

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#2 Post by masterext » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:29 pm

i am not a fan of Gilkey due to them utilizing a pocket sill design. pocket sills are not only terribly outdated, but also a very flawed design.
most pro's arent fond of pella vinyl.. they are just not well designed. if you are searching for a high quality window that not only looks very nice, is much more energy efficient than any wood wimdow, and is better structurally than a wood window, i would look at HiMark, okna, soft lite..
also, there is a pro who frequents this board who goes by the name " windows4u ". he is not only one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, but also a consumate professional who offers a variety of brands. i would strongly suggest doing a board search of his name and clicking his contact button.

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#3 Post by HomeSealed » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:51 pm

masterext wrote:i am not a fan of Gilkey due to them utilizing a pocket sill design. pocket sills are not only terribly outdated, but also a very flawed design.
most pro's arent fond of pella vinyl.. they are just not well designed. if you are searching for a high quality window that not only looks very nice, is much more energy efficient than any wood wimdow, and is better structurally than a wood window, i would look at HiMark, okna, soft lite..
also, there is a pro who frequents this board who goes by the name " windows4u ". he is not only one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, but also a consumate professional who offers a variety of brands. i would strongly suggest doing a board search of his name and clicking his contact button.
+1 on all counts. Window4U is an good, honest guy that offers several top tier products. I've personally referred several people to him being right up the road in Milwaukee. :D

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#4 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:58 am

+2

Don't like the pocket aspect and you do need to talk with Dave (i.e. Window4U) before you make any decision.

You can find him here in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5500

and the reviews from customers on this board of his services are second to none.

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#5 Post by mcomin » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:47 am

Thank you so much for the feed back. I was not finding rave reviews for Pella which was quite a surprise given their reputation.

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#6 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:51 am

mcomin wrote:Thank you so much for the feed back. I was not finding rave reviews for Pella which was quite a surprise given their reputation.
Don't confuse reputation with marketing presence.

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#7 Post by randy » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:29 pm

Right. If Pella was half as good at manufacturing windows as they are at marketing their windows, they'd have the market cornered.

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