NEWINGTON, CT -- I recently replaced four double hung windows in my daughter's room that were extremely drafty. I had contacted several window companies as to get several estimates. The first company, Tri-state windows, out of central CT, came out. After 3 hours of listening to why I needed to do all 16 windows in my home (all windows on the main floor were replaced by previous owner 4 years ago) and why their window is the best, was quoted 1200 for each of their windows! The representative called his manager about 3 times to drop the price after I was adamant about not purchasing. They wouldn't even do just the four windows that I wanted!
The next company was FJB from Rocky Hill, CT. Same thing, 3 hr. presentation, ridiculously high price - 5k for 4 standard size windows. Salesmen called manager and dropped price to just below 4k. No doubt it is a good window but I do not need a triple pane. Maybe if I lived in Alaska. I had to practically physically remove this man from my home. Would not take No for answer! I can respect his perseverance but c'mon!
The next company was Castle Windows out of Newington. By now I consider myself an expert in windows having sat through two other presentations and hours of research online. (At this point I was considering trying to do it myself.) I almost called and cancelled the appt. because I didn't think I could handle wasting 3 more hours of my life. I figured I would give them a chance as my neighbor had some work done by them and he was pleased.
A young salesman comes right on time, explains what he is going to do right up front, instead of tricking me like the other guys did: "Just give me 5 min. of your time, this will just take a sec." He didn't waste a lot of time with the chit chat and we just talked about windows. It took him half the time as the others to explain why his window is awesome and how they are professional, etc., etc. His price was waaayyy better than the others. He started at close to 600 for each window but with my trade-ins (they give $75 for each window) and with the "time management savings program" that every single window company uses - we were around 500.
At this point, cause I knew the game, I told him to call the manager and I would be willing to put a sign, etc. He chuckled and got me another 5% - I said yes, and paid 1/3 down. The other companies wanted 50%. 6 weeks later my windows were in! Two gentleman came and had everything out, in, and cleaned up in half a day. They did an amazing job. I was definitely surprised by their professionalism and know how.
The representative wasn't lying when he said that the installers are not subcontractors and are trained on how to "properly" install a window. They were installed in April and no leaks, thank God! I've heard horror stories about people having new windows and they have water damage but these windows are just as the representative promised.
I am writing this as a response to some of the other reviews that are on here regarding Castle windows. I understand how you feel with regards to the sales approach, it sucks. But this is how all the window companies do it for some reason. Some salespeople are jerks, I guess I got lucky with the one they sent from Castle. I can assure you, you will not regret going with Castle. If you need windows and want no headaches and don't want to spend 1k for a window - these guys are it.
SPRING CITY, PENNSYLVANIA -- They installed incorrect balances in a window so it won't stay open. It took 2 scheduled appointments to finally get a technician here to tell us why it wouldn't stay open. They had to order parts to fix the ones that (and I quote the tech) "...are clearly not the correct ones for this window" (so why did they install it???). After that appointment there was no word from them for 2 months, so I finally called them to find out the status of my parts.
First conversation was that they had no record that parts were needed or ordered. Then after another month of no contact, again calling them, I was advised the parts were conveniently being shipped at the end of the week. I set the appointment to have the correct balances installed. We got a call the day of the installation to say their technician called in sick and there is absolutely no one else that can do the work.
I paid for windows in November and in June I still have not got a working window, but they have my money. If you ask for a supervisor, the phone representative will do all they can to not pass you up the line. If you do stick to your guns and get a manager, all they can do is say "I'm sorry" and will do nothing more to resolve the problem. Taking 8 months to get a working window is ridiculous and not having any party responsible for any part of the resolution process lends me to believe this is just a volume installation provider, not a quality customer service provider.
UPDATE: July 16, 2013 After following up the chain of command, I was finally in touch with ** (Director of Operations). ** assured me he would personally make sure my problem was resolved, even if it meant sending a manager out in replacement of a technician. For the first time, this conversation felt sincere and directly addressed my doubts for good customer service follow through.
The technician arrived at my house the day he was scheduled. Although the phone number he called was our home phone rather than my husband's cell, since I was home at the time he arrived it didn't matter. The technician was extremely polite and professional and was able to fix the window in about 30 minutes.
I received a personal follow up call about 20 minutes after the service call from ** to see if the work was done to my satisfaction, which it was. We were both sorry to see this issue escalate the way it did, but I thanked ** for his personal commitment to helping see the repair done and greatly appreciated his intervention to make sure we were finally with a working window. Although I am disappointed at this whole process having to take place and that it took such escalation to make it happen, at this time I have all fully functional windows that look great.
If you have hours to spare, get insulted then please call this Castle Windows for a quote. The sales representative came to my house late for his appointment - bad 1st impression. Then went into his sales pitch. I told him it was not necessary because I once worked for a window mfg. and was quite knowledgeable of the vinyl, glass, hardware, etc., he totally ignored me and continued with his sales pitch. After about an hour of me looking at my watch every 2 minutes he proceeds to measure my windows.
I was grossed out by his constantly wiping his nose on his hand and sleeve. I had decided that I was NOT going to shake his hand when he left and was going to wipe everything down that he touched with a strong germicide. He either had a drug problem or allergies??? He proceeds to insult me with a price of $9,500 for 11 windows!!! When I told him that the price he gave me insulted me and that he just wasted over 2 hrs of my time. He then starts banging away at his calculator - then calls his boss. He asks me via his boss if I would put a sign in front of my house for 1 month and not tell anyone the price I paid for my windows.
Now with that question I was like, I have NEVER dealt with a company that would ask you to keep your price confidential. By hearing that statement that just confirmed that he was jerking me around. After I agreed to his crazy questions, he comes down by 3 thousand dollars - I told him that he was still way out of the ballpark and my budget range. I liked the window and the features but it was WAY over priced compared to the other products and prices I received. Then he starts the pressure because I told him if I was going to spend that much money that I was not going to be bullied into signing ANYTHING without first thinking about it.
So he drops the price another 3 hundred dollars, wipes his nose on his sleeve and hand a few more times (he could have asked for a tissue, I would have been happy to give him one). I still refused to accept his deal because I thought they were a bit expensive and hated their sales approach. He proceeds to put more pressure on me with "Once I walk out of here the price goes with me," I said "So if I call you back in a week and want to buy your windows you will turn down business in this economy?" He says "Yes because this very low price is not valid after I walk out."
Mind you that when he started the sales pitch he said the price was good for 30 days!!! After I told him that he needs to do better on the price, he angrily pack his bags and left all angry. After he left I wiped down everything he touched!!! Yuck - gross. I just wanted to voice my opinion that the window is a decent product but the sales approach and pricing strategy is a REAL BIG TURN-OFF!!!
MT LAUREL, MARYLAND -- When Castle replaced our windows the installer smeared caulk on our sofa. It was not just an accidental glop that went unseen. The caulk was wiped with a finger then left to dry and ruin my sofa cushion. I was very upset and called Castle as soon as I noticed it. If the installer had the drop cloth over the sofa it would never have done damage. OR if he had cleaned it completely right away or even said something to me I could have cleaned the water soluble caulk right away and the sofa would have been saved from damage. But NO! He wiped it with a finger and, I guess, hoped I would not notice.
Castle sent someone out to my house TWICE to take pictures and REPEATEDLY PROMISED to pay for the recovering of the sofa AND MATCHING CHAIR. BUT every time I called (about 5 times!) the person who needed to handle the problem was conveniently "not in" and I was told "someone would call me to 'work things out' ".
I have been repeatedly called by Castle and HARASSED for more business, but can't seem to get the promised call for Castle to "work things out." I have asked to be removed from the call list every time I was called AND reminded the caller I was STILL owed money for my sofa. I have been repeatedly IGNORED and brushed off when it comes to paying for the damage Castle caused.
Last week I was called yet again for more business. I again told the caller about my sofa and I was hung up on! I called back and was hung up on 2 MORE times while waiting to speak to a supervisor. The 4th time I told the girl who answered if I was hung up on again I would call Better Business Bureau and only then did I get someone to talk to. I was told to get a receipt or quote and call back. When I called back to get an email to send the requested quotes I was hung up on 4 MORE TIMES. CASTLE IS NOT CONCERNED with resolving issues!!!
MT. LAUREL, NEW JERSEY -- Castle Windows – to the Owner, the collection notice you sent to me is invalid for the following reasons: 1. The supposedly “free estimate service” was rendered on January 28, 2013. 2. I cancelled the entire order and the measurement appointment on or about Friday, March 01, 2013, first by telephone and then by written notice which was sent to Castle via mail, USPS. 3. No services were rendered, no measurements were taken, no door was constructed. 4. Castle was not harmed, not injured and suffered no financial hardship.
I do not appreciate strong arm tactics, intimidation or “used-car-salesman methods” and no one can legally force me into purchasing something I do not want and $5,678 for a door is extremely overpriced! Is this the only way you people can make your numbers? You are instructed to cease and desist efforts to collect on a bogus claim and to stop trying to violate my civil rights and rights as a consumer.
MT. LAUREL, NEW JERSEY -- The window is of good quality, but the service was very poor. Was supposed to come early in the morning to install the window so that I wouldn't have to take off a full day at work, didn't show up till 11:30 am with no call to let me know that the installers were going to be late.
Took siding from my front door entrance without letting me know so they can match up the correct color for above the new window which was removed to install the new Bay window, took over 2 months to replace the vinyl siding over the window. Brought the wrong shade of Vinyl, had to wait another 2 weeks.
The installation Manager said that he would compensate me due to having to take the entire day off from work, which he has not as yet, since November 2012. I have e-mails from Castle Windows letting me know that they will look into this matter, so far nothing has been done. The Customer Service person did say that the Installation Manager said that he was going to compensate me. I find this company is untrue to their word, now when I do any kind of business with home repairs I will look at the reviews of the company first, or word of mouth from a friend. Unhappy customer New York.
PARAMOUS, NEW JERSEY -- I called Castle Windows after seeing one of their fliers in my local newspaper. They were the 3rd company that I had come to my house for an estimate. I was looking to replace all of the windows in my home but was shopping for the best price and of course, the rite product. The total was 18 windows. The sales representative was on time, answered all my questions, and told me about the companies lifetime guarantee. When it came to price it was a little high. But he mentioned that if I signed the contract that day he could save me a lot of money. He gave me the new price and the difference was nearly $3000. Not to mention that it was over $5000 cheaper then any of the other companies. Me and my wife discussed it, we liked the window and the guarantee, so we decided to go with them.
That same night my wife was Goggling Castle and found this website. I read the reviews and got scared. We almost cancelled the entire order, but my wife made a good point. People don't go online to write positive reviews, but they certainly write a review if they are unhappy in any way. And considering a company of this size and all the business they do, theirs bound to be some unhappy customers. We also read a lot of positive reviews on this website and others so we decided to keep our contract. A few weeks later the installers showed up on time with two trucks and 6 guys! They worked from 9 am until dark. After that they cleaned everything up and to my astonishment were completely finished in just one day. The windows look great and I can notice that my central air unit is not kicking on nearly as often as before. The house is definitely cooler and considering we live on a busy street, even quieter.
So despite the negative reviews, this company so far has lived up to everything they claimed. Yes, the original price was a little high, but by signing the contract the first night we saved a lot of money. And the final price was way below what we ever expected. They also asked for only 1/3 down opposed to 1/2 like the other companies. This made me more confident that I didn't have to pay the balance until all of the work was completed. As long as the windows stand the test of time like I expect them to, I will be asking Castle to do my shore house as well.
NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT -- I had Castle Windows install two exterior doors and new shutters on the front of the house. The first annoyance was that they did not tell me until the end of the day of the door installation that the shutters were back ordered and would not be installed until several weeks later. Also, they did not bring along an additional lock set that was supposed to be installed on the back door so that all of the exterior doors had the same key. They were expecting me to pay the whole bill and I had to force them to back out the cost of the shutters and lock set. The doors were installed about 6 weeks after the initial order. You would think that they could have told me that there was a back order issue sometime during those weeks. There was no back order issue with the lock set, they just neglected to order it at all. Luckily it was specified in the contract, as I had to point out to them.
I did not discover the second problem until I attempted to paint the trim and found that they used unpaintable silicone caulk! Who in their right mind caulks trim with unpaintable caulk? When I called them to fix the problem, they basically told me to take a hike. They told me that I could use an oil based primer and it would work over silicone. Google it. There is NOTHING that sticks to silicone caulk. Everything peels right off once it dries. Now I am stuck with scraping off the old caulk before I can paint. Castle Windows does not fix their mistakes. Don't make the mistake of using them. Find someone with some integrity.
If you should unwisely choose to use this company, make absolutely sure that everything is spelled out explicitly in writing in the contract. If it is not in the contract, they will weasel out of it. Even if it is in the contract and not perfectly clear, they will try to weasel out if it.
And to top it all off, I keep on getting calls from their sales people trying to sell me more stuff. I tell them that I will never do business with them again and to take me off their list, but the calls keep coming.
Good luck! You'll need it if you use these people.
MT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY -- Horrible high pressure sales experience. 3 hour sales presentation lasted from 8PM to 11PM. Had to ask the salesman to leave. Tried to get us to sign a contract that night. Clearly got agitated when we said no. Then lowered the price 3 times, over 2 thousand dollars. We ignored him while he put away his presentation material. As he put his things away he called his marketing manager ** (all at 11:00 PM) as if that would convince us to sign a contract.
Would not give us a per window price. Would not leave any material for us to review at our leisure. We would not purchase Castle Window under any circumstance. If they truly had quality windows and quality installation they would not need such high pressure sales tactics. We did learn some good information about what to look for in a replacement window.
To Castle's credit, they did follow up after I expressed frustration with their sales rep and company. The managers do seem like they want to make things right with their customers.
MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY -- From the start I was referred to Castle by a friend who had windows installed. The staff there are very friendly, they actually know they're talking about when you have questions unlike a lot of places. They were also very helpful. I had no problems at all, we had to schedule a time to install my windows and they were there at that time. A lot of places say they will come at a certain time and I feel like I'm waiting around for hours. With Castle Windows you are dealt with nothing less than professional. Great experience! I would recommend them to anyone who wants something done right and quick!