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Murphy’s Windows and Sunrooms was founded by James Murphy, Sr. in 1983 in the south Beverly community. Murphy started his business after a horrible experience with a large scale window outfit. From the beginning, he was a little leery of which remodeling company he would choose, but went with one of the largest and most well-known. On the day of installation, he felt that the workmanship was sub-par and none of his window openings were insulated like promised. When he immediately began experiencing significant problems with his new windows, he called the remodeling company to express his concerns. He explained that his new windows were unnecessarily drafty, and that some of them were fogging up.
The remodeling company, who had provided a great verbal warranty was non-receptive to James’ concerns. They explained that drafts were normal “while the house settled,” and that the condensation issue was from excessive humidity in the home. Murphy found this explanation unacceptable, and brought his concerns to the company president. The president, well aware that Murphy was a Chicago police officer and not financially prepared for a legal battle, said simply: “Sue me.” James Murphy, Sr. saw firsthand how homeowners can fall victim to big business. He vowed, at that point, to establish a company that could be trusted. His goal was to provide homeowners with the highest quality products, installation, and service at a fair price.
Mr. Murphy grew his business one customer at a time. He worked midnights as a police officer and ran the business from a basement office for four years. In the spring of 1987, he moved Murphy’s headquarters to 10349 S. Pulaski. Earning a reputation as a fair businessman who prided himself on service and going the extra mile for his customers, Murphy’s Windows grew into a full service exterior remodeling company as it added sunrooms, entry doors, and siding to its list of expertise. Murphy’s has always hired the best installers, using only American Architectural Manufacturing Association Certified Carpenters. In 1994, he was proud to be named by the leading remodeling publication, Qualified Remodeler, as one of the top 500 remodeling firms in the United States. The company has earned this recognition 9 more times since this first honor.
Murphy had always envisioned his son carrying on the family business. In the Spring 2001, James A. Murphy Jr. rejoined the family business upon graduating from Pepperdine University. He had always been involved in the business since its inception. From the early days of sweeping warehouse floors and unloading trucks to job inspections and in-home appointments, he gained invaluable knowledge across the complete business spectrum. James Sr. always instilled in his son the need to know every aspect of a business in order to be successful. James Jr. was named President of Murphy’s Windows and Sunrooms in Fall 2001. At the same time, Murphy’s opened a new showroom and office next door at 10359 S. Pulaski, where they now reside. Today, father and son are happy to be able to provide an alternative to large-scale competitors. Murphy’s lives and works by the motto, “Large enough to serve you, small enough to know you.” Together, the Murphy’s are proud to carry on those same values and commitments to their customers that built their business as they celebrate nearly 30 years in business.