Purchasing vinyl windows and doors for your Honolulu home should last for a lifetime. After all, every window salesman and advertisement out there portrays this. But is there really any lifetime warranty available on vinyl windows and doors?

When you’re on the search for windows for your home it’s important to ask questions during your research. The goal? To find the best expert there is. While easier said than done, one of the biggest problems is actually finding that expert. Sure, there are many window salesmen who claim to be experts, but does that really make them experts?


When you ask the following questions it’s an efficient and effective way to filter out the talkers from the walkers and find a real expert to whether there really is a life warranty for vinyl windows and doors.

How long have you been in the window business — 10, 20, 30 years?

How many windows have you installed, and if you have never installed windows how do you know what installation is necessary when you look at the job?

Are you a licensed contractor, and if not what makes you an expert?

Are you insured and bonded?

Are you an owner in a window company?

What are the building codes and permitting requirements for a home?

Do you have any certifi cations with factories or the glaziers union?

Do you have union training?

Have you ever designed a window for a factory to manufacture?

Have you ever owned or been part owner of a window factory?

These are great questions and you will certainly find an expert who can meet all the requirements. After much research and searching the Honolulu industry you’ll find that there is one expert: Matthew Houar, owner of Tropical Windows & Siding. He is a contractor who has installed thousands of windows himself as well as owned the first vinyl window factory in Honolulu.

Houar has multiple contracting licenses and has won numerous awards in the vinyl window and siding industry. But the real proof is that Houar has been in the vinyl window and siding business in Honolulu for more than 40 years.


Houar can answer the question if there really is a lifetime warranty on vinyl windows and doors. Here is what Houar said, “Certainly there are lifetime warranties on vinyl windows and doors just not normally in Hawaii.” What is the reason? Houar said, “Because of Hawaii’s salt air conditions almost every mainland factory voids warranties in Hawaii. If there are any warranties in Hawaii most are given by the small satellite contractor selling their favorite brand of vinyl windows and doors. This means the factories are still voiding their warranties. In fact if any factory warranties are given normally the hardware and screen parts are only warranted for one year.”

Are there any warranties backed by a major factory?

Houar said, “There is only one I know of, Simonton Windows and Doors.” Where can these vinyl windows and doors be found? “At Tropical Windows & Siding of course,” said Houar. “Tropical is the first to bring, design and manufacture vinyl windows and doors in Hawaii. Go to 1351 S. Beretania and get the very finest vinyl windows and doors.


Tropical also installs at a reasonable price with the best local installers on the island. The company’s motto is ‘buy local.'”

Call and visit Tropical Windows & Siding for all your home improvement needs when it comes to buying lifetime warranted vinyl windows and doors. Tropical is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 593-2000.

CONTACT 263-1252 (Windward) • 456-4892 (Leeward) • 593-2000 and 396-0971 (Honolulu)
ADDRESS 1351 S. Beretania St. (showroom)
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