Great Lakes Windows Reviews

Great Lakes windows reviews

As we get started with Great Lakes windows reviews it’s important to note that Great Lakes is owned by Ply Gem.  They’re a very large manufacturing company which is typically a good thing for a window company.  Smaller independent window companies tend to be the ones that go out of business periodically, but the larger more well established companies tend to stand the test of time.  Great Lakes windows definitely fall into the category of a company that is likely to be around for a while.

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Great Lakes windows come in 3 main lines.  They are Uniframe, Lifestyles and Seabrooke.  These windows offer most features typical of current replacement windows.  There isn’t much that is unique abut them, but they are of fine quality.

One potential drawback to great lakes windows is their dealer network.  They tend to have very limited distribution in any given market which means if you want these windows you must buy them from one contractor.  That typically means you don’t get the best deal, but that is certainly not always the case.

As with any window model that has limited distribution don’t fall in love.  If you think you love the window, but you don’t like the local distributor, don’t buy it.  You should never feel forced to work with one company.

We’ll be posting detailed Great Lakes windows reviews on all three of their main models:

The older and now discontinued Great Lakes models include:

  • Uniframe
  • Lifestyles
  • Seabrooke

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What if I have more questions about Great Lakes windows?

You can find our Great Lakes windows FAQ page here.  If you have a question that has not yet been answered just post a comment and we’ll answer your question for everyone to see.

Once these reviews are completed you can find them here.  Until then take a look through some of our other detailed window reviews to help you find the best replacement windows for your home.

You can also find info on shady window sales tactics here to help make sure you get a great deal and not a sales pitch.

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88 responses to “Great Lakes Windows Reviews”

  1. thomas Avatar

    Great Lakes Window has extremely poor warranty service, which you should be aware of before you purchase.

    1. Brian Avatar

      Good to know about their warranty. I’ve been looking to contact them but probably won’t bother now.
      We bought our house in 2003 and the PO had Great Lakes windows installed. According to the sash sticker they are model VK 4000, to which I can find no info. Anyhow, these windows seem to leak, due to failing weather stripping, the glass is always cold and on my larger windows (48″ x 72″) the top sash is sagging from the weight.

      1. thewindowdog Avatar

        Hi Brian, it might be worth checking with them to see if you can get a copy of the original warranty. With that you’ll be able to tell what is covered and what isn’t. It’s possible you’ll be out of luck, but it only takes a few minutes to read the warranty to find out. Sometimes we’ll see limitations like the warranty needing to be transferred within 30 days of you buying the house or something along those lines. If that’s the case you probably have no coverage, but the only way to find out is to read the actual warranty. You should be able to get a copy from the folks at Great Lakes.

        Let us know how it goes. I’m sure you’re not the only one looking for more info on the Great Lakes window warranty claim process.

        1. Brian Avatar

          Thanks for the reply.
          I sent them an email a couple weeks ago, and have gotten no reply so far.
          I never transferred the warranty when we bought the house back in ’03.
          I won’t say the windows are bad, other than the sagging sash on the larger windows, I think if I can figure out what weather stripping to use, I can reseal them up.
          Thanks again

          1. thewindowdog Avatar

            Sure thing, I hope it works out.

  2. Christina Avatar

    Great comments and info!!! I am about to purchase 2 casement windows. The dealer I am working with is quoting Comfort Smart Two-section casement window. Window consists of two equal sized sections, both crank open for ventilation. Includes two full screens and a lifetime warranty on the window. However the install is only guaranteed for 5 years. The cost is $4,000. This includes the triple glass windows, knock-out, install, trim, clean up. The price sounds fair to me but very interested in your thoughts… thanks!

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