About Rochester Colonial

Committed to excellence since 1947.

Founded in 1947, Rochester Colonial is a third-generation family owned business with over 100 employees dedicated to serving the window and door needs of Greater Rochester and beyond.

 

Our customers include tens of thousands of homeowners as well as homebuilders, general contractors, businesses, and institutional customers ranging from colleges and universities to hospitals, churches, school districts, and many more. With over 200,000 square feet of facilities, a fleet of over 50 vehicles, an in-house installation and service team (no subcontractors), and a wealth of experience, we are the region’s one-stop resource for windows and doors. 

 

Rochester Colonial is the exclusive regional dealer for the nation’s finest window and door manufacturers.  We are also a manufacturer in our own right, with a state-of-the art plant here in Rochester that builds some of the most acclaimed custom hardwood windows and doors in the world. As a result, we are able to offer the widest selection of windows and doors of any company in America.

 

Our founder, Sam Gionta, was driven by the belief that quality windows and doors should be available to everyone regardless of budget. That belief is in our DNA. So whatever the size of your home or budget, we’d be honored to discuss solutions for your window and door needs in a free, no-pressure consultation.

 

Wherever you are in the Rochester region, we are already there. From cozy cape cods to stately manors, from learning centers to medical centers, from the places we play to the places we pray…. our windows and doors are everywhere. And we thank you for that privilege.

Why We Are The Experts

Why we are known as the “window and door experts"

 

Over the decades we have become known as the “window and door experts.” Here are a few reasons why:

 

Experience:   we have been selling and installing windows and doors since the 1940s. Many of our employees have been with the company for more than twenty years, and our newer employees learn from the best.

 

Knowledge:  our staff holds certifications from many industry associations and government agencies, including:

 

  • Installation Masters- American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association (AAMA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead-safe remodeling (1st firm in region to be certified)
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - U.S. Green Building Council
  • Certified Construction Products Representative  -  Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • Certified Document Technicians - Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • Forest Stewardship Council  (FSC)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

 

Resources:  we have a wealth of resources at your disposal, including:

  • Over 100 dedicated men and women who focus exclusively on windows, doors and related products
  • A fleet of installation and service vehicles equipped with the latest tools
  • Two world-class showrooms
  • A modern manufacturing facility with state-of the–art machinery
  • Large and immaculately clean warehouse facilities

 

 

Selection:   there is no one in this region, and probably the country, that offers a wider selection of windows, doors, awnings, enclosures, and screening solutions than we do. Whatever your budget, we are likely to have the solution for your window and door needs.

History

Rochester Colonial began in 1947 as Laquig Colonial, a manufacturer of storm windows. In 1960 Sam Gionta purchased the company, then located on College Street, and renamed it Rochester Colonial. It remained primarily a manufacturer and distributor of aluminum windows and doors for home and commercial renovation projects until the 1980s, when it entered the vinyl and wood window business. Some historical highlights:

Awards/Recognition

  • For 15 consecutive years (every year since inception) we have received the Rochester’s Choice Award for Best Window and Door Store as voted by the readers of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

 

 

 

  • Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Better Business Bureau.

  • Architizer A+ Award (Popular Choice) in the Building Products/Windows Category. Architizer is a global online networking site for architects and designers. It has over 1 million followers worldwide on Facebook. The award was presented to Rochester Colonial at the Architizer A+ Awards gala in New York City.

  • Featured in This Old House television show.

  • Featured in Renovation Style magazine.

  • Golden Society Award from St. Joseph’s Villa (now Villa of Hope), a not-for-profit organization serving youth in crisis, in recognition for our support of its activities.

  • Featured and/or quoted many times in newspaper, magazine and television stories about windows and doors.

  • Various industry awards from leading manufacturers, including Marvin, TRACO, and Soft-Lite.

Community

“Rochester” is our first name and we are committed to help making a difference in our community. Rochester Colonial supports a number of local not-for-profit organizations, including Villa of Hope, which serves at-risk youth, Catholic Charities Community Services, which provides care and advocacy for people with disabilities, HIV/Aids and other illnesses, Daystar, a facility for medically fragile children, and many others.

Our staff donates time and support to ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program of Rochester, which engages, excites and enlightens students in the pursuit of careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring.

Our employees have formed a Colonial Cares team that participates in various charitable endeavors, including the annual Tour de Cure bike race to benefit diabetes research. Employees have also participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk, Breast Cancer Walk and other events to raise funds for charitable causes.

Family

Rochester Colonial is a family owned business that is now three generations strong. Started in 1947 as a 2-person storm window manufacturer, the company was purchased by Salvatore “Sam” Gionta in 1960 and has been owned by the Gionta family since.