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BeachNews

09:44AM | 04/23/07
Member Since: 04/22/07
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In the construction of our NC home, the builder substituted Beltbest windows & doors throughout. Their quality appears inferior to me. Does anyone have any knowledge of this product?

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rc32092

01:05PM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 11/08/07
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BiltBest has been building windows and dooors fro over 60 years. The quality of hteir products is comparable to any other similar window such as Pella or Anerden. However, as with everything, there are lower priced lines within all these mentioned manufacturer where quality is relative.

BiltBest has a broad spectrum of products including a line of Dade County Approved, Hurricane Impact Resistant windows. They have upgradedthe product lines across the board over the last few yeasr and their windows are equivalent or exceed that of the major manufacturers, however it depends what product line you have and what you are comparing it to.

sixthreegiraffe

07:41AM | 10/12/08
Member Since: 10/11/08
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To compare BilBest windows to Pella or Andersen is a joke. The only thing common about them is interior wood finishes and exterior cladding. The windows installed in my new house began to lose their seals one by one after less than a year. Ten years later all have lost their seals. A neighbor who unfortunately had the same windows installed in his house is inthe process of replacing his for a third time in less than 10 years. Quality is not a strong suit of BiltBest and in my opinion should be a window choice of last resort.

zeke81

04:31AM | 11/19/09
Member Since: 11/18/09
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I a response to a person having issues with seal failures in their Bilt Best windows, I highly doubt that it is Bilt Best's fault. Bilt Best gets their glass from a company called Cardinal who also supplies glass for other names such as Anderson, Pella, and Marvin to name a few. So to say that their glass and seals are inferior to the competition is not really accurate. I would guess the seal failure issues are mostly related to poor handling during installation or possibly shipping.

winderman

03:51AM | 11/20/09
Member Since: 11/19/09
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BiltBest does use Cardinal insulated glass now. Cardinal has a great reputation, and their product has a very low failure rate.

However, BiltBest has only been using Cardinal for 6 years or so. Prior to that it was made in their facility.

jfisher212

09:42AM | 11/30/09
Member Since: 11/29/09
1 lifetime posts
I have BuiltBest windows, E-clad casement windows. I live on the east coast of Florida about 1 mile from the ocean. I have 5 windows that have completely rotted at the base of the sash. It appears that moisture has gotten behind the cladding and rotted the wood behind the cladding. Also the windows use a small metal tab in the center of the window and all of the tabs have rusted and need to be replaced.

olemiss

03:40PM | 12/04/09
Member Since: 12/03/09
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I can speak from first-hand knowledge of BiltBest's quality & manufacturing processes. In fact, I worked there in manufacturing management. This company has been sold & resold so many times and management changes every two- three years. And I mean a complete overhaul. No one ever gets a chance to make any meaningful changes or improvements. My experience was that money was tighter than new blue-jeans. When improvement ideas were suggested or advised there was no money to purchase new (necessary) equipment or even routine items. Quality therefore, was the first thing to suffer. Employee turnover was through the roof and training was a joke. Whenever someone says don't buy the product, trust me, don't buy it! Go with Andersen...

mattburr

12:45PM | 04/21/10
Member Since: 03/20/06
33 lifetime posts
to say the cladding on BiltBest, Pella, and Andersen is the same is not true. Pella has roll-form cladding, and Andersen uses a vinyl exterior cladding instead of aluminum so they are not the same.

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TopDawg

07:54PM | 06/22/11
Member Since: 06/22/11
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I have BiltBest windows that were installed in 2000. Right now I have my first seal failure - just past the 10 yr. warranty. These are a unique design - a simulated two pane (vertical) divided sash (no horizontal dividers) At the time, only BiltBest made a simulated vertically divided sash instead of a true divided sash. Does anyone make these today? I need a replacement that conforms to this standard for historical reproduction and to match all the other windows. I think the window quality is exactly what you would expect for the price range.
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rasskizge

05:29AM | 06/25/11
Member Since: 06/04/11
7 lifetime posts
I want to have wood or wood/aluminum clad windows installed in my house.I have researched a number of brands and looked at the reviews online and I am down to trying to decide between BiltBest,Jeld-Wen,and Marvin.Can anyone suggest me in selecting one out of these?.Thanks, in advance.


TopDawg

03:56PM | 06/27/11
Member Since: 06/22/11
3 lifetime posts
You can cross Bilt Best off your list. They are out of business.

G4s

04:28PM | 03/26/12
Member Since: 03/26/12
2 lifetime posts
Not a good product. I am original homeowner since year 2000 and selected Bilt Best windows, choice builder offered. I was told and have documentation at time of purchase windows would be guarantee for 15 years. These windows started failing within 7 years after going through a few rough winters. Double pane windows are now fogged with moisture between window panes, frames are rotting, case windows cranking mechanisms are failing, and there has been quite a bit of warpage. My neighors are having same problems and are either replacing or repair gas seal leaks. Their windows are upgardes with warrantees longer but still have failied. I am highly #%^&:( dissatisfied and cannot reach the company. BBB severalcomplaints on record at its Eastern Missouri & SouthernIllinois BBB site. I wish there was regulations that protect the consumer to make business step up to responsibility for failed products within advertised time frame. If I had defaulted on payment it would be a different story. Now they have my money and are no where to be found. Hope this is not to late.

G4s

04:28PM | 03/26/12
Member Since: 03/26/12
2 lifetime posts
Not a good product. I am original homeowner since year 2000 and selected Bilt Best windows, choice builder offered. I was told and have documentation at time of purchase windows would be guarantee for 15 years. These windows started failing within 7 years after going through a few rough winters. Double pane windows are now fogged with moisture between window panes, frames are rotting, case windows cranking mechanisms are failing, and there has been quite a bit of warpage. My neighors are having same problems and are either replacing or repair gas seal leaks. Their windows are upgardes with warrantees longer but still have failied. I am highly #%^&:( dissatisfied and cannot reach the company. BBB severalcomplaints on record at its Eastern Missouri & SouthernIllinois BBB site. I wish there was regulations that protect the consumer to make business step up to responsibility for failed products within advertised time frame. If I had defaulted on payment it would be a different story. Now they have my money and are no where to be found. Hope this is not to late.

TopDawg

02:32PM | 04/03/12
Member Since: 06/22/11
3 lifetime posts
For the poster in March 2012 -- BiltBest is out of business. This is not uncommon in the window business -- operate until the warranty claims start piling up, then go out of business (and reappear as another firm.) What I learned is that sticking with real brand name manufacturers (Andersen, etc.) is probably your best bet. You can buy cheap windows twice, or good ones once. In my case, I wanted a special vertical divided light sash and only BiltBest offered it.

BV000396

03:36PM | 02/16/13
After 20+ years, I have replaced nearly all of the Bilt Best windows in my house. Now I have some that need replacement - again! But where to go to get matching replacement windows?

BV000755

12:13PM | 04/16/13
Go with Marvin -- of the three, they are the best quality. Make sure whatever window you choose, that they're installed by an experienced window installation professional. Don't DIY.

PeterJohnson

07:42AM | 05/08/13
Member Since: 05/08/13
1 lifetime posts
Windows and doors are designed according to climate of home biltbest windows and doors is nice option. But the Vinyl Windows Installation Brampton give the products for window long lasting life.


BV001725

05:51PM | 08/01/13
I am a contractor from Long Island. I have a client with a large home with your windows. Several have glass failure. We would like to replace the entire sashes. Can you help.

BV001762

04:55PM | 08/06/13
I have had Bilt-Best wood windows in my house since it was built in 1987 and have had no problem with any seal failure in the glass. Being wood I have had to paint them several times, but this is only natural for any wood windows that get a lot of weathering. The one big issue that I do have is the insulation strips on the top sash and the bottom sash. I need them replaced for proper insulation. If I had it to do again I would have upgaded to a better Bilt-Best window, not the Challeger line I got.

BV004653

02:29PM | 06/12/14
biltbest windows are garbage. If you think the window seals are bad wait until you go to replace the windows and do a complete install.


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