The Sioux, Iowa-based Gerkin Windows is an innovator in the field of windows replacement in the home improvement business. Gerkin Windows started way back in 1932 as a leading provider of window products that has been copied by many in the home improvement and residential construction industries. From its early days of manufacturing storm doors and windows, the company has evolved to specialize in high quality aluminum-based residential windows with a focus on energy efficiency with the same level of creativity, innovation and build quality that has made the brand survive through tough times.
It started its line of Rhino Commercial and Heavy Commercial Aluminum window series in 1989-89 band has since added 7 new lines, each reflecting its commitment to the highest industry standards for manufacturing excellence with AAMA test results to back up its claims. In 1993, it started a line of vinyl windows and patio doors in the Comfort Series to meet the exacting demands of 21st century replacement and construction markets. Its plants are located at 5000 Rhino Road, South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Range of Windows Products
For aluminum windows, Gerkin Windows offers the Rhino Series that include the following:
- Model 58F Series
- Model 5000 Series Slider
- Model 5100 Series Awning
- Model 5200 Series Hopper
- Model 5300 Series Casement
- Model 5500 Series Fixed
- Model 5800 Series Double Hung
- Model 5900 Single Hung
For vinyl windows, it offers the following in its line of Comfort Series:
- Model 4300 Series Casement
- Model 4300 Series Awning
- Model 6000 Series Slider
- Model 6100 Series Single Hung
- Model 4800 Series Double Hung
With the highest A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Gerkin vinyl and aluminum windows help builders obtain LEED certification for their projects thanks to the following outstanding features
All Rhino and Comfort Series windows exceed current ASHRAE 90.1 2007 requirements to help reduce economic and environmental impacts resulting from excessive energy.
Gerkin products use insulated Low E Cubed glass with argon gas and warm edge spacers and are NFRC and AAMA certified as their U-Values and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient values meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1 -2007 requirements, Gerkin windows pass water and structural standards while its air infiltration performance is over 300% better than the ASHRAE standard.
Gerkin meets the LEED requirement that building materials supplied are within 500 miles of any project site. Its market points in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and St. Louis are within 500 miles from its plants in South Sioux, Nebraska.
Gerkin windows incorporate recovered or recycled materials. Its glass contain 24% recycled factory glass, aluminum has a minimum of 40% and vinyl 12%.
Gerkin’s Comfort Series vinyl windows meet 2009 Energy Star ratings in all areas of the country while thermally broken Rhino Series offer Energy Star compliance in many areas of Southern and Central U.S. Due to their high energy efficiency, they also qualify for tax credits which are extended through 2011 as incentive for energy-efficient home improvements. The incentive under the pre-Economic Recovery Act allow consumers to 10% up to $200 of the purchase price of qualified windows from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2011, excluding the $1,500 limit for 2009-2010.