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 Post subject: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:01 pm 

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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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 Post subject: Re: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:29 pm 

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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 pocket sills are not only terribly outdated, but also a very flawed design.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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 Post subject: Re: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:51 pm 
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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 pocket sills are not only terribly outdated, but also a very flawed design.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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 Post subject: Re: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:58 am 
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+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: http://www.vinyl-replacement-windows.com/forum/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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 Post subject: Re: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:47 am 

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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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 Post subject: Re: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:51 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: First time window buyer -Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:29 pm 

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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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