Windows Select – SCANDAL in Wisconsin, or not?

If you’re in Wisconsin you may have heard of a potential scandal involving a window company called Windows Select. It even sounds like the Green Bay Packers are involved. Let’s find out what’s going on.

For starters, this article from a local new outlet covers the issues pretty clearly. The accusations are that this company took deposits from hundreds of customers and is unable to pay their bills. This would potentially put them at risk of bankruptcy which would make their customers pretty nervous.

Lets start at the beginning

It seems the owner of Windows Select, Justin Kiswardi, had been involved in the Universal Windows Direct location in West Allis that had gone out of business. Here’s another article outlining some of the difficulties there.

Once that location had closed Justin opened Windows Select which also offers similar products and services.

It seems things started strong, but that didn’t last.

Problems at Windows Select

According to the article listed above Windows Select has received 66 BBB complaints in the last 12 months. That’s not ideal. It also says the owner of the company had previously been sentenced to three years in jail in Ohio for financial crimes. I’m a firm believer in rehabilitation, but it seems like there may be a pattern here.

They say that many customers report paying deposits for windows that were never ordered. If that’s the case it could be that the company is using deposits from one customer to pay for windows for another which is a tricky position to be in.

Are the delays from manufacturing?

Here’s a pretty unusual thing. It seems that the manufacturer Windows Select was using posted a negative google review about them.

Here it is:

Google reviews about Windows Select.

The claim there is that Windows Select was blaming the delays on manufacturing. The manufacturer says they’re making the windows but not shipping them because of unpaid invoices. That’s not a great sign.

Why are the Greenbay Packers involved?

Well, it seems that the company was advertising with the Packers. They were offering things like free tickets when you get a quote for windows. It’s relatively common for home improvement companies to advertise with sports teams so that’s not a problem.

The companies pay the sports teams for the advertising. In this case it seems the company didn’t pay the advertising bills and the Packers have now cut ties with them. Again, not a great sign.

What’s happening now?

Towards the end of that article they mention that the company was setting up at a home and pet show in Kenosha just a few weeks ago. That would mean they’re still looking for new customers.

Finally, they do mention that the owner of the company denied most of these claims and offered to provide info that would explain things, but never did.

If anyone out there has any more info on this situation please let us know. We’ll be happy to update this page as more info becomes available.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country including two in Wisconsin. There’s no better way to get new windows.

Other posts you might find interesting:

DaBella Exteriors Windows Reviews

Here we have DaBella Exteriors windows reviews and more info about the windows they carry, their alleged connection to Penguin Windows, lawsuits and more.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with DaBella Exteriors in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

What windows does DaBella Exteriors offer?

If you’re not familiar DaBella Exteriors is a replacement contractor, primarily operating in the Northwest. They sell Preservation windows made by Associated Materials.

We’ve reviewed Preservation windows before (link above) and in my opinion they’re decent windows, but often overpriced. The Preservation Reserve window model would be my favorite model, over the more expensive Preservation option. Read the reviews of those windows for more info.

The Preservation window line was designed to be sold through higher priced dealers around the country. That’s its purpose and it comes with the fancy marketing and sales support to meet that goal.

Overall, in my opinion the windows are perfectly decent, but you might want to get another quote or two in order to make sure the pricing is decent as well. See our section below on DaBella window prices.

Is DaBella Exterior connected to Penguin Windows?

This is a little tricky. I had heard that there was some connection between these two companies but I didn’t really know anything about it until researching this post.

You can see this page, on which a commenter says that DaBella is owned by the wife of the former president of Penguin Windows. I haven’t independently verified that.

Penguin Windows was a large window company in the Northwest that went out of business. See clip from a news article below.

Is DaBella Exteriors related to Penguin Windows?  It's hard to tell.

Typically when a large window company goes out of business the employees from that company will start up more companies in the area which will also sell windows. That makes sense as it’s a business that they are familiar with and a fresh start might help.

It is a positive sign that the article mentions that the Penguin customers who had pending orders would still get their windows. That doesn’t always happen when a window company goes out of business.

So, is DaBella connected to Penguin? I don’t know, there’s talk about it online, but that’s unverified. If you have any info about this post a comment below to let us know.

What about DaBella Exteriors lawsuits?

Overall I’d say it’s a good sign that you don’t see too many lawsuits relating to DaBella exteriors. We found one relating to a trademark case. It seems a company in Nevada was using a very similar name for their window company. I’d say that case isn’t a big deal.

There was another case from a former employee that appeared to be related to employment discrimination. It’s hard to say what’s going on there.

Overall as a relatively large home improvement company I’d expect to see more lawsuits. In my opinion it’s a good sign that you don’t see more cases relating to DaBella Exteriors.

How are the prices from DaBella Exteriors?

This is where we need your help. I know Preservation windows like the type sold by DaBella are often sold at relatively high prices, but I don’t have any info on the prices charged by DaBella.

If you’ve recently recieved a window quote feel free to post a comment to share your experience. I’m sure other readers of the site will be interested.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Universal Windows Direct Windows Reviews

Find Universal Windows Direct Windows Reviews here along with info on a lawsuit, manufacturers, prices, recent sale of the company and more. Get the real info right here.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with Universal Windows Direct in some markets. We even have a pretty similar name. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

Who makes windows for Universal Windows Direct?

This can be a little tricky to figure out from their website. They show windows called UniShield P Series, UniShield A Series and UniShield GL Series. The pictures in the UniShield A Series look to me to be an Alside product, potential the Ultramaxx series, although it’s hard to tell for sure.

Universal Windows Direct UniShield windows A Series frame.
Here is the UniShield A Series. To me this looks quite a lot like an Alside product.

That would lead me to believe that the P series will be Polaris windows and the GL will be Great Lakes windows. Remember, that’s just an assumption from looking at their website. If you have more info on this post a comment below.

Is it bad that it’s hard to tell who makes these windows?

Not necessarily, but it’s not great either. It’s pretty common for window companies to use their own brand names when selling replacement windows. Universal Windows Direct uses the UniShield name, Window World uses the Comfort World name, it’s a pretty common thing to do.

Just using a private label brand isn’t necessarily bad, but it can make comparing the options more difficult. In order to understand what you’re buying it’s important to ask the salesperson what window product it actually is. Universal Windows Direct does not make windows so they’re buying from an established manufacturer.

If the salesman won’t tell you who makes the windows, or if he tells you they make the windows themselves then he’s not being honest with you and you might want to look somewhere else. If he does tell you who makes the windows then he is being honest with you and there’s nothing wrong with that.

What about the Universal Windows Direct lawsuit?

When reading about lawsuits regarding any larger window company it’s important to keep in mind the fact that anyone can sue you for anything. I’ve owned my own businesses since 2008 so I’ve dealt with plenty of customers who threaten to sue over complete nonsense.

That said, you can also learn a lot about a company by the way it handles a lawsuit.

The most recent lawsuit that came up in our search is called Dragon vs Universal Windows Direct and it was filed in the southern district of Ohio. Dragon is a former employee who is suing because he claims he and his coworkers were not paid overtime properly. The latest update looks like it’s in mediation so it’ll likely be resolved.

Here’s a clip from the initial complaint:

Universal windows direct lawsuit from a former employee.  Looks like it will be settled.

Ultimately I’d say it’s a pretty good sign that you don’t see more lawsuits relating to this company. They do a lot of business in many markets so I’d say this is an indication that they tend to get projects completed and satisfy customers well enough that there aren’t many legal issues.

I did come across this site posting feedback from employees, you might find something interesting there.

Do we know about Universal Windows Direct prices?

Like most window companies we’ve seen Universal Windows Direct using the sales model that starts out with one price and then offers a discount if you buy today. This is pretty common and irritates many customers.

In my opinion, companies do this because customers don’t know what these products should really cost. Because the customers don’t know much about window prices the company starts with a high price to make their next price look low.

While this is pretty common in the window business it’s not the way most products are priced and sold anymore.

Our info on Universal Windows Direct prices is a little old so if you have recently received a quote from them please post a comment to let us know how it went. You can also send in a copy of your quote if you’d like to share that info with other potential buyers. Transparency is what is needed to make this whole industry easier to navigate.

Did Universal Windows Direct go out of business?

No. Universal Windows Direct is a network of independent dealers with locations around the country. When you’re buying windows from them you’re typically not buying from the parent company, but rather from a local dealer in your town.

That means if there’s a problem with the local dealer that problem is typically between you and the local dealer. Here’s an example of this.

Universal Windows Direct out of business in Chicago area.  This was just one location and it looks like others have taken over.

As you can see in that article, the dealer in the Milwaukee area went out of business leaving many customers with a hassle. It does sound like other dealers helped to get some of the issues resolved and it looks like everything worked out fine in the end.

Was Universal Windows Direct recently sold?

Yes. In 2021 Universal Windows Direct was bought by Great Day Improvements. Great Day has also recently purchased several other window brands and now owns Stanek, Patio Enclosures, Universal Windows Direct, Champion Windows, Apex Energy Solutions, etc.

Seeing all of these brands combined under one company is a little unique. It makes me wonder what will happen with these brands in the future. For example, Stanek and Champion historically made their own windows while Universal and Apex would buy windows and sell them as private label products.

It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for these brands.

In researching this post I did see that Great Day declined to say where the money was coming from for these recent acquisitions. That could be an interesting story. If you have any info on who is behind these purchases feel free to post a common or reach out privately. I’m curious.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Window Nation Windows Reviews

Find Window Nation Windows Reviews here. We’ll look at the windows, the prices, a lawsuit and more. Window Nation was also sold recently and we’ll look at that as well. There’s no better source of replacement window info on the entire internet.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with Window Nation in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

Window Nation Sales Tactics

Window Nation has always been one of the pushier sales companies based on the feedback I’ve heard from customers.

One interesting thing I heard a while back was that the individual salesperson must close the deal on the first visit to your house. If they don’t, they get no commission at all from your order.

So, if you got a quote today, resisted the encouragement to buy right now and called back tomorrow to place an order the salesperson who spent hours with you would make $0. Nothing at all. That’s one reason they’re so pushy at the initial visit.

Now, that info was several years old so I would be interested in hearing about your more recent sales experiences with Window Nation. Post a comment below to let us know how things went. I’m sure other readers will appreciate the info.

What windows does Window Nation carry?

Over the years we’ve heard of them offering windows from Alside, Soft-Lite and Vytex. I did hear a rumor, but have not independently verified, that they stopped carrying Soft-Lite. That would leave them with Alside or Vytex.

Both of those options can be perfectly decent choices. If you’ve recently recieved a quote for any other windows from Window Nation post a comment below to let us know.

What about the Window Nation lawsuit?

For a relatively large company Window Nation seems to have relatively few lawsuits which is a positive sign. We did see a case from back in 2020 where it was alleged that Window Nation caused a problem with a customers house.

That customer sued saying they didn’t provide insurance info and didn’t disclose that they were using subcontractor installers among other things.

Window Nation lawsuit involving the use of subcontractors.
Here you can see Window Nation arguing that they have no responsibility to identify that a subcontractor is involved in their work.

It does make clear that Window Nation does, at least sometimes, use subcontractor installers and doesn’t necessarily disclose that info. I wouldn’t think that’s a big deal at all. It’s very common in this industry and not anything to worry about if you ask me.

If the salesperson were to tell you that they NEVER used subcontractor installers that might be a red flag because, based on this lawsuit, it would seem that’s not true. So, if the salesperson is lying to you that’s a bigger deal than the tax status of the installers.

Window Nation was recently sold, is that a problem?

Not necessarily. It looks like sometime around the middle of 2021 Window Nation was sold to a private equity company called AEA. That can be common as small businesses get larger.

To the best of our knowledge the founders are still involved in running the business. They likely just sold a portion of the business to realize a nice profit.

As they expand to new markets it could mean that they provide less personal service, but really they’ve been having manufacturers install windows for them for years so the personal-ness of the service isn’t necessarily a factor.

What about Window Nation window prices?

In my experience Window Nation has always charged higher prices than other companies. Interestingly the pricing in the quote we have shown below is more reasonable pricing than I would have expected.

They appear to spend a decent amount on marketing which is usually an indication that they’ll be a higher priced company.

Below is a quote one of our readers sent in from Window Nation. It’s from back in 2020 so the prices are a little old. If you have a more recent quote post a comment to let us know. I’ll send you an email and it’ll help everyone.

This shows how much Window Nation charged for windows in 2020.

And, here’s the summary of what is included.

Window nation window prices, action contract prices and more.

When you’re comparing window prices it’s important to remember that remodeling projects can present unique challenges and the scope of work can be significantly different from one order to the next. It’s also true that retail pricing for custom made windows can vary quite a bit from one project to the next based on the features and options that a customer picks.

In this quote they had included 32 windows including a few picture windows and some with laminated glass and a door. At a total cost of $25k that’s pretty decent, but it’s important to remember that this quote was from 2020, before covid. Prices will be higher now.

Send us your more recent quotes and we’ll be happy to post them for everyone to see. Transparency will help everyone.

What about the Terms & Conditions?

Interestingly, the terms and conditions in this Window Nation contract are more interesting than the pricing as far as I’m concerned.

The contract has 15 pages and 3 full pages are terms and conditions. For example:

Window nation window contract terms and conditions.

If the customer misses an appointment they’re charging them $75 or $350 and saying that must be paid before you have any warranty. As an owner of a window company I completely understand how difficult it is when a customer misses an appointment.

I’ve just never seen terms that harsh in a window contract. What would happen if the installers get a flat tire and miss their installation appointment, are they paying the customer $350? Seems unlikely, but that is not spelled out in these terms.

How can you get a second opinion quote?

If you recently signed a contract with Window Nation for new windows and you’re not sure if it’s a great deal, we can help. In most states you have three business days to cancel an in-home purchase so you should act fast. You can get an online quote by email from my company here. It doesn’t hurt to see what the alternative would be.

One of our reps will send you an email with an itemized price list and additional product info. From there they can answer any questions and make unlimited revisions until you have the order just the way you want it.

It’s the easiest way to get new windows and the best way to make sure you’re paying a fair price for your project. If my company doesn’t offer windows in your area you can find other recommendations here.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

West Shore Home Windows Reviews

Here we have West Shore Home windows reviews along with other customer feedback about this company. We’ll look at their class action lawsuit, sales tactics, the products that they offer and the prices that they charge for their windows. Is this the best company for you to work with? Let’s find out.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with West Shore Home in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

West Shore Home Sales Tactics

It’s important to mention that I’ve never received an in-home quote from West Shore Home myself. If you have it’ll be very helpful if you can post a comment below explaining your experience. That’ll be the best way for everyone to know how this company operates.

I do have experience with some of the reps from West Shore back when I would talk with them at home and garden shows. They talked about how they generate leads from canvassing or knocking on doors around neighborhoods. That’s usually one of the worst ways to find a window company, in my humble opinion, but customers don’t always know that.

West Shore Home Lawsuit

Just recently it looks like West Shore Home settled a class action lawsuit regarding their marketing efforts. It seems the company collected phone numbers from potential customers and then repeatedly called them even if they were on the do not call registry.

If you’ve ever received a call about your car’s extended warranty you’re familiar with this type of call. It’s always been strange to me that companies think they can get more business by pestering people, but they do it so it probably does work for them sometimes.

Here’s a clip from a legal site about this case:

West Shore Home Lawsuit, reviews, prices and more.

Paying $1.3 million is certainly not ideal, but it’s actually a relatively small amount for a class action lawsuit. I just recently wrote about a similar suit involving Power Home Remodeling that was much more expensive.

For more info on the suit check this page. I did see that they did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement so there’s that. If you have any more info to share about this case or anything else post a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

West Shore Home Window Prices

If you’ve recently received a quote from West Shore for a window project we’d love to hear from you. Transparency makes the process of buying new windows easier for everyone and you can help. Post a comment below to let me know you have a recent quote. I’ll follow up by email and we’ll go from there. You really can help to shed some light on this industry.

How can you get a second opinion quote?

That’s easy. If you’ve recently signed a contract with West Shore, or anyone else, and you’re not sure if it’s a good deal we can help. In most states you have three business days to cancel an in-home order so you need to act fast.

You can receive an itemized quote by email from my company here. One of our window experts will send you an email with all sorts of info. You can then talk it over, make unlimited revisions and we can answer any questions.

At least with that info you’ll know if you really did get the fantastic deal that you were promised.

If my company does not offer service in your area you can find other recommend companies here.

Do you think I’m wrong about something?

If you think I’m wrong about something I would absolutely love to hear from you. It’s always our goal to provide the facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. It is possible that I make a mistake, it’s happened before, and I always want to fix it.

Just post a comment below and I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Power Home Remodeling Windows Reviews

Here we have Power Home Remodeling windows reviews along with other customer feedback about this company. We’ll look at their sales tactics, a class action lawsuit and the prices that they charge for their windows. Is this the best company for you to work with? Let’s find out.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with Power Home Remodeling in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

Power Home Remodeling Sales Tactics

The sales tactics used by Power Home Remodeling and their team of in-home salespeople are part of what makes them famous in the industry. To be clear, I’ve never received an in-home quote from them myself. My info is based on feedback we’ve received from real customers including a friend of mine. You can also contribute to that knowledge by sharing your experience in the comments below.

From what we’ve heard the Power salespeople can be the type to start off with very high prices and then lower the price as you keep saying no. They’ll typically approach you by knocking on your door or walking up to you in a box store. These are usually not the best ways to start a relationship with a contractor, but regular folks usually don’t know that.

You can see a real quote that one of our readers sent in later on in this post. That’ll give you a good idea of the window prices that Power is usually charging.

For more info on common window sales tactics check this section. This info is not specific to Power Home Remodeling, just about the window industry in general.

Power Home Remodeling Lawsuit

You may have also heard of a class action lawsuit involving Power Home Remodeling. This type of thing is never great for the company and it might be an indication of how they treat their customers. Their lawsuit was from a few years ago and it’s enlightening.

The case we’re aware of involved Power’s marketing folks making repeated unsolicited calls to cell phones of people who did not want these messages. If you’ve ever received a call about your car’s extended warranty you know what these calls are like.

Repeatedly pestering your potential customers to the point that they join together to sue you isn’t a great business strategy. In my opinion that might be an indication of what they think about their customers, just my opinion.

The court ruled that if the settlement had been higher it would have run the risk of putting Power out of business, that’s not great. Here’s the clip showing that:

Of course there always could be another side to that story and if you have any more info on it please post a comment below. The total settlement fund was listed at $5.2 million, so that’s a lot. You can find info on this case here.

Window Prices

When you’re comparing window prices it’s important to remember that remodeling projects can present unique challenges and the scope of work can be significantly different from one order to the next. It’s also true that retail pricing for custom made windows can vary quite a bit from one project to the next based on the features and options that a customer picks.

That said, here’s a quote one of our readers received. It’s 38 windows for almost $38,000 or just under $1000 per window installed.

Do you have a quote from Power Home Remodeling that you’d like to share? Post a comment to let us know and we’ll send you an email to follow up. Transparency is the best way to make this industry easier to navigate, in my humble opinion.

How can you get a second opinion quote?

If you recently signed a contract with Power for new windows and you’re not sure if it’s a great deal, we can help. In most states you have three business days to cancel an in-home purchase so you should act fast. You can get an online quote by email from my company here. It doesn’t hurt to see what the alternative would be.

One of our reps will send you an email with an itemized price list and additional product info. From there they can answer any questions and make unlimited revisions until you have the order just the way you want it.

It’s the easiest way to get new windows and the best way to make sure you’re paying a fair price for your project. If my company doesn’t offer windows in your area you can find other recommendations here.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Vytex Potomac HP Windows Reviews

If you’re looking for Vytex Potomac HP windows reviews you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of these windows along with info on the warranty, prices, features, efficiency and more. Get ready for fun!

As we get started it’s important to note that I always suggest folks buy windows from large and well established manufacturers and this one doesn’t fall into that category. Vytex is a small manufacturer in Maryland and I’ve dealt with them before. They make fine windows, but there are real risks in these little companies.

What are the advantages of these windows?

This is billed as the top of the line Vytex window so they have most of the features that you’ll see in any nicer window. These windows will all use virgin vinyl and welded corners, that’s all very common and not really special at all.

The Potomac HP windows do a good job of getting a great seal. The air infiltration rate is 0.03 which is perfectly good. We tend to suggest looking for a window with a rating under 0.05 so this one meets that goal.

As far as the advantages go, this window is perfectly nice, but there’s nothing really remarkable about it. Now let’s look at the downsides.

What are the disadvantages of Vytex Potomac HP windows?

I already mentioned the riskiness of the small size of this company and I don’t think that should be underestimated. We do hear about these small window companies going out of business and leaving all of their customers with no warranty or access to spare parts. You don’t want to end up in that position.

In addition to that, the sales process that companies selling these windows use can certainly leave a lot to be desired. There are a few companies who sell a lot of these windows using all of the old fashioned sales tactics. There’s no need to buy windows from a company who treats you like that.

In addition to all of that, these “top of the line” windows are still using the cheaper constant force type balances vs the nicer upgraded block and tackle balances you’ll see in most nicer windows.

These are the lower end balance mechanisms used in the Vytex Potomac HP windows.
Here is the picture of these balances from the Vytex brochure. This is not the type you’d typically expect to see on hinger end windows.

How efficient are these windows?

The efficiency ratings for the Vytex Potomac HP windows are perfectly normal. They offer the same types of energy efficient glass and spacers that you can get from any nicer manufacturer and the efficiency ratings are pretty typical.

Here are common efficiency ratings for the Vytex Potomac HP windows.
Here are common Vytex efficiency ratings.

Here you can see the efficiency ratings for three common packages. The ratings here are pretty typical. A 0.27 U-Factor for double pane and 0.21 for triple pane are very average.

One thing you can see in these ratings is the very low (bad) VT rating. For example, the 0.21 U-Factor for triple pane is pretty normal, but the 0.40 VT rating means these windows don’t let in a whole lot of light. This is usually due to the thicker frames. Light is a good thing and nobody wants a dark house. In my mind that thick frame is a real drawback to this window model.

What’s the bottom line

Overall the efficiency ratings are perfectly normal and the features this window has are perfectly fine.

There is an inherent riskiness of the small manufacturer, the lower end hardware and the thicker frames blocking light that are real downsides.

I don’t think this is a window I would suggest to you if you were my buddy asking my advice. It’s a decent enough product, but not remarkable and the retail prices are usually not very competitive. I’d suggest looking for another option.

More posts about Vytex windows

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Gentek Signature Elite Windows Reviews

If you’re looking for Gentek Signature Elite windows reviews you’ve come to the right place. Frequent readers of the site will know that I tend to think the Gentek window line is one of the nicer product lines and the Signature Elite is one of the best windows they make. That’s one reason my company elected to carry them in several markets so we have real first hand experience with these windows.

What are the advantages of the Gentek Signature Elite windows?

There are a few key reasons that this model is one of the best replacement windows on the market today.

First, these windows are backed by a billion dollar company

Associated Materials owns Gentek along with several other major brands like Preservation, Alside, Revere, Alpine and more. The backing of a large manufacturer with a 70+ year history means that these windows are likely to be around for the long haul. It also means the warranty is likely to be honored for many years to come.

In my opinion people routinely undervalue the risk associated with the smaller manufacturers. It’s always my suggestion to work with a larger company and Gentek fits this bill

Next, the Signature Elite window utilizes slim frames to maximize glass area

Glass area can be a big factor for some folks when picking a replacement window. Some models, especially older designs, will use thicker bulkier vinyl window frames and the salespeople talk about strength. The downside to those bulky designs is that you get less glass area in the same size window.

Here you can see the difference in glass area that you can achieve with the Gentek Signature Elite windows.
Here you can see the difference in glass area that you can get from a window with a slimmer frame. The difference can be substantial.

The Signature Elite line utilizes a newer design that intentionally maximizes glass area with slim vinyl frames. This is more of a factor when the existing windows are on the smaller side. If your windows are large this might not be a huge concern, but to me it’s always important.

Next, these windows use upgraded hardware and components

If you’re new to window shopping it can be easy to think that all replacement windows are pretty similar. While it’s true that many windows generally look similar, there are some pretty important differences.

One of these differences is the quality of the hardware and components used. Things like balances, locks, tilt latches, etc are not always easy to see and they’re parts that people don’t always know much about.

best replacement window balances
Here you can see the differences in the common types of balances. Many manufacturers use the cheaper Constant Force type, but with the Signature Elite windows you get the upgraded type.

In my mind the quality of these components is a great indicator of the manufacturer’s intentions with the product. For example, the Gentek Signature Elite windows use the same upgraded hardware and balances as the Preservation Reserve windows which usually sell for much higher prices.

That tells you that Gentek always intended this to be a top of the line product and they’ve succeeded.

What colors are available for the Signature Elite windows?

The interior and exterior colors are a nice selling point for this model. Below you can see the available options.

You’ll see the popular black exterior is available along with many other colors. It’s important to remember that all color combinations are not available and adding colors will increase the cost of your project. If you’re considering color options other than simple white or beige, you’ll want to talk to your dealer about the options.

What is the warranty for these windows?

Overall the warranty on the Signature Elite windows is pretty good. I mentioned earlier that it’s backed by a billion dollar company so that’s a good start. The warranty is a transferable lifetime warranty so it’s good for as long as you own the house. Then it’s transferable when you sell the house so you can use that as a selling point.

The warranty covers the frames, the glass, the hardware and even the seal of the insulated glass unit. Overall I’d say the warranty is very strong and it a great reason to buy these windows.

How efficient are these windows?

These are very efficient windows which is another nice feature. Gentek uses their Barrier XP Packages in the Signature Elite windows. This means they are available with hundreds of available efficiency packages.

These are the efficiency ratings for the common Gentek Barrier XP efficiency packages.
Here are the efficiency ratings for the most common Barrier XP packages.

You can get triple pane glass for a top of the line solution with U-Factors as low as 0.21. Or, you can pick from a wide range of double pane options to get the best solution for you.

Gentek offers several spacer options including Super Spacer, Intercept Spacer and a stainless option called ThermD. They also offer different types of low-e coatings and different gas fills like argon and krypton to make sure you can get the best solution.

In addition to great glass options, here you can see the optional foam insulation in the frames too.

You will see some in-home window salespeople acting like they have the very best efficiency packages but the chances are Gentek offers everything those small companies offer and many more options too.

Finally, the air infiltration rates are another huge advantage to this model. You get an air infiltration rate of 0.04 in the double hung model which is better than many competitors. That means when the window is closed and locked you won’t get a draft into your home.

What’s the bottom line?

This is a window model that has many advantages that can’t be matched by most competitors. They’re backed by a billion dollar company, they use upgraded hardware and components, the slim frames allow for max light and the efficiency packages are top of the line.

Overall I do think this is one of the best replacement windows on the market today. That’s one reason it’s a product we offer through my company in several markets and we’ve had great success. If you’re considering ordering new windows I’d say this is defininltey a model to look at.

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Gentek 1900 Series Windows Reviews

The Gentek 1900 series is probably the middle of the road option for a new construction window. The quality is decent and they compare pretty well with other vinyl new construction windows.

As readers of the site will know, some of the Gentek windows are some of my top picks, but this model falls slightly below that mark. You’ll find it can provide a decent solution for a new construction window. If you’re a builder you might pick this model, but if you’re the homeowner I might suggest spending a little more for a nicer solution.

What are the advantages of the Gentek 1900 Series windows?

This model will have most of the same features as the Gentek 1700 series windows that we recently reviewed. They have virgin vinyl, welded corners and upgraded balances. These are pretty nice features for a new construction window.

The 1900 series model has a few more advantages. For starters, it’s available as a double hung window and not just as a single hung. If you’re not sure about the difference between those two styles you can find more info on that here.

Beyond all of that, the 1900 series model is also available with more frame options.

Gentek 1900 series and 1700 series window frame options.

Here you can see the frame styles that are available. The 3-1/2″ flat casing is only available as an option on the 1900 series model.

This type of thing usually isn’t a huge deal to the individual homeowner as any installer can just install separate trim. This sort of feature is much more valuable to the builder as it will install faster and save time. If you’re building 1000 houses that can add up quickly.

What are the disadvantages to the 1900 Series windows?

The downsides to this model are basically the same downsides you’ll see in most vinyl new construction windows.

First, the air infiltration rate is defininltey higher than you’ll see from nicer replacement windows. For example, the air infiltration rate of this model is 3x or 4x as high as what you’ll see from the nicer Gentek window models. It’s still pretty good compared to other cheaper new construction windows, but it’s not great.

You’ll also see very limited interior color options which are increasingly important to new construction buyers.

Here are the available interior and exterior colors. You’ll see there are no woodgrain interior options which ins’t a huge deal. New construction buyers generally don’t pick woodgrain. That said, new construction buyers do ask for black interiors or other solid colors and the options here are pretty limited.

Another downside is the other style options.

Gentek 1900 series and 1700 series grid styles.

Here are the grid options and you’ll see these options are pretty limited as well. There is no option for exterior grids and the available styles are pretty limited. If the style you want is included in this list then you’re in fine shape, but if you want anything else you’ll need to look for a different window.

What’s the bottom line?

Overall the Gentek 1900 Series windows can be a good option. The styles and warranty are a little limited, but everyone doesn’t want something super unique. If the style you have in mind is available that’s not an issue.

The warranty is more limited than some other options, but it’s in line with what you’ll see from most new construction windows.

If you’re building a house I’d probably recommend a nicer option, but if you’re a builder looking to pick a window model to carry this one may do pretty well for you.

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Gentek 1700 Series Windows Reviews

Here we have Gentek 1700 Series windows reviews. First, it’s important to note that this is the cheapest new construction window from Gentek which means it’s not going to be as nice as the other options.

If you’re looking for a budget new construction window this could be a decent choice, but if you were looking for a nicer solution you might want to look at something else. Gentek does make the nicer 1900 Series and you can even get the top of the line Signature Elite model with a nail fin for a new construction application. Those options will be nicer, but they’ll also be more expensive.

Here is the Gentek 1700 series new construction window in an arch top single hung configuration.

What are the advantages of the Gentek 1700 Series windows?

These windows will have all of the features that are pretty standard these days like virgin vinyl, welded corners, etc. That stuff is pretty common.

Less common features are the upgraded block and tackle balances which will allow the windows to operate better and last longer than cheaper options.

These windows are also available in a wide range of configurations including all common styles, except double hung. Interestingly this model is only available in a single hung and if you want a double hung window you’ll need to upgrade to the slightly more expensive 1900 series model.

One nice feature is the clean and simple design. Below you can see a picture of the single hung window.

As you can see, the frame is slim and the glass area is large. Some other windows will use much bulkier or more cluttered designs and the simplicity of this model is nice.

What colors are available for these windows?

Here are the interior and exterior colors for the 1700 series windows.

As you can see there is a pretty wide range of colors available, including the popular black exterior. The interior colors are much more limited, just three options. There are no interior woodgrain options for these windows, but those are more commonly used in older houses so perhaps that’s not a big deal.

What are the drawbacks to the Gentek 1700 Series windows?

One drawback to this model is the warranty. It is MUCH more limited than the warranty on the nicer Gentek window models. The 1700 and 1900 series get the new construction window warranty which is called a “lifetime warranty”, but the devil is in the details. The insulated glass is only covered for 20 years, the moving parts are only covered for 10 years and the labor to fix a warranty issue is only covered for 1 year.

Beyond the warranty, another drawback is the air infiltration rate. Like most new construction windows the focus seems to have been on keeping the cost down rather than providing top quality. As a result, the air infiltration rate on this model is 3x – 4x higher than you’ll see on the nicer Gentek models.

What’s the bottom line?

Overall, this window is perfectly decent when compared to other new construction windows. You should note that new construction windows are typically the bottom of the line windows so that comparison isn’t saying much.

This product appears to have been designed to sell to builders who are very focused on price. If you wanted a nicer option you can find that elsewhere in the Gentek window range.

For a budget focused new construction windows this can be a solid option. Just be sure you understand that you’re not buying a top of the line window.

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