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Read 82 Pella windows reviews on their most popular options, including the 250, 350, 450, Thermastar, Impervia, ProLine, Designer, Architect window series.

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Editor's Pella Window Review

Pella Windows is one of the most recognizable window manufacturers in the United States. In fact, Pella, Andersen and Simonton Vinyl Windows are the big 3 when it comes to name and brand recognition in the replacement window market. Of the 3, Pella gets the most customer service complaints - usually for one reason, Pella vinyl replacement windows have not been very good in terms of quality and performance.

Pella Vinyl Windows

In the past, Pella vinyl replacement windows have weathered a good chunk of criticism, much of it leveled at the Thermastar vinyl window (sold mainly in the big box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot.) The Pella Thermastar window is usually found near or at the bottom of the Consumer Reports Best Replacement Windows list, year after year. The Thermastar is not a well built vinyl window and most consumers would do well to consider another option. The Thermastar has since been renamed The Pella Encompass Series, although consumers still tells us that they find the Thermastar model sold in some pockets of the country.

The company introduced two new vinyl window series in 2012, the Pella 250 and the Pella 350. The 350 includes some added upgrades from the 250, but in general these window series are much better in terms of design, quality and durability compared to the Thermastar. In terms of how they stack of to other vinyl windows, they should be considered a middle of the road window, instead of a top tiered vinyl window. Click to discover our picks for the best vinyl replacement windows. One nice thing about Pella is they are going to be available in all parts of the country and have a large distribution channel and overall company stability.

Pella Fiberglass Windows

Pella sells the Impervia, which is a fiberglass window that should run similarly in price to the Marvin Infinity series. Most contractors are going to rate the Infinity model higher than the Impervia in terms of construction and overall quality. Some contractors have commented that the Impervia feels flimsy and not as well made as they would like.

Pella Wood Clad Windows

Pella is really known for their wood clad windows and this is where they shine. They make some beautiful wood clad windows and offer some nice wood species options such as alder and mahogany. They treat their wood in a preservative and pine is their stock wood choice, but you can request a different wood, which costs extra. Their 450 Series is the builder wood (previously the ProLine), probably comparable in price and quality to the Andersen 200 window. The two models that get great reviews are the Designer and Architect Series, completely custimizable, great looking and well made. They are going to be expensive, but if you can offer to purchase a top end wood clad window and have your heart set on it, this is an excellent option.

Pella Windows Warranty

Pella offers a pretty nice warranty, a limited lifetime on their vinyl windows. Their wood clad windows come with a lifetime warranty to the original buyer on the windows and parts and a 10 year warranty on the installation. We always recommend that you read the warranty for the specific product you are purchasing to see what limitations and exclusions apply - there are always a whole big list of them.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Pella Encompass Reviews

The Pella Encompass was once called the Pella Thermostar. It is their lower end vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella Encompass vs. Window Nation Georgetown

Hi Dane! I love your site! I wanted to get your input on vinyl windows as I'm feeling pretty lost. We have three slider windows that are 62 inches wide. They are old and need replaced, and because we don't love the way they function we are looking to turn each window into a double mulled window (so will end up being 6 double hung windows total) The double hung windows are traditionally what is used on our 1920's four square home. I have gotten the following quotes so far each for 6 double hung mulled windows:

Pella encompass $4000 cash, 4200 if financed

Pella 250 $4700

Vytex Georgetown $4800 through window nation. The Potomac quote was even higher and way out of our budget.

Right now we are leaning toward the Pella 250, but am not sure if this is a good buy? Durability is most important to us and It seems like the vinyl Pella windows don't have great reviews. We didn't love the sales tactics window nation was using, but the windows seemed nice.

Around 10 years ago the previous owners replaced most of the other windows with Champion double hung so we are also thinking of getting a quote from them. I heard they are normally pretty expensive though.

At this point I'm also wondering if going with sliders again is going to save us a good deal of money, since we would only be looking at 3 windows instead of 6? That would save us on installation cost I am thinking.and I also wonder if the mulling is adding to the installation cost? Neither company will give me a material and installation breakdown.

Thank you in advance!

Jessica - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jessica, personally, I'd stick with the sliders if budget is a concern -- they look nice, but that's just my take. That will save you quite a bit of money. The Pella Encompass and Pella 250 isn't something I'd put in myself. I think there are better windows at a comparable price.

Window Nation can have a steep price point, but the Georgetown isn't a bad window. It's not a great window either, probably comparable to the Pella 250 to be honest. The upgraded WN window (usually a relabeled Vytex window) would be my pick, but it sounds like the company as a whole was a bit underwhelming.

I would definitely get a bid from Champion on two sliders. I'd see if there is a Simonton dealer (not Home Depot) who could quote you out on their Reflections or Impressions series. Ply Gem makes a decent window in the Pro and Premium models. The entry and mid level windows from Okna, Sunrise, Polaris and Soft-Lite might also be good candidates to check out. All of them would be preferable to the entry level Pella and Window Nations windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

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Pella 250 Windows Reviews

Pella doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to vinyl windows. For instance, the Pella Thermastar seems to have locked in the lowest rated vinyl window on the Consumer Reports Replacement Windows list for the past few years running.

The Pella 250 is just two slots up from this and gets a 61 rating out of 100. I'm not a big proponent of Consumer Reports list in general (the 3rd highest vinyl window on their list is the American Craftsman 70 Series, a thoroughly unforgettable window in my opinion.)

The Pella 250 and 350 series window are a good improvement from their previous vinyl window offerings (which includes the ThermaStar). However, the windows still us a poor sill design and are glazed with a PPG Intercept spacer, which is kind of dated at this point. This isn't to say that these windows are bad, just that they aren't a top quality vinyl window.

The problem I see with the Pella 250 vinyl window is that it is often sold for a premium price because it carries the Pella label and consumers recognize the name and assume that the windows are high quality. While this is often the case with Pella's wood windows, it's not so much with their vinyl windows. I'd say the Pella 250 is a low to middle mid range vinyl window. If I were in the market for vinyl replacement windows, I would continue my search past the flashy Pella marketing. Click to see the Editor's picks for top vinyl windows.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella 250 Bid or Lindsay Pinnacle

We have 6 double-hungs, 3 twin double-hungs, 1 small picture window, and 1 combination picture fixed pane (3 panel window).

One contractor gave us a quote on the Lindsay Pinnacle for $13,400. He also carries the Pella 250 series for roughly the same price. Is this a good deal?

Julie - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Julie, if you assume you have 15 windows (a generous number), then you are paying $890 for the Lindsay Pinnacle or the Pella 250. This is a high price tag even for the very best vinyl windows out there. Neither the Pella 250 more the Lindsay Pinnacle is a top tier vinyl window. My advise is to keeping getting bids until you have three or four to compare.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 250 Price vs. Simonton 6500 Price

Tim, we have estimates from local companies on both the Pella 250 series and the Simonton 6500 series. Which do you consider the better choice?

Fred - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Fred, if the prices are equal, I like the Simonton 6500 over the Pella 250 myself. I think Simonton makes a better vinyl window in general.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 250 Series vs. Provia Aspect

Dane, good Afternoon.I am in the market for replacement windows for my house. (34 if I replace them all.)

So far I have quotes from Pella (250series), and Provia (aspect series). Curious if in your opinion there is much of a difference in the quality between the two, as the quotes per window are roughly double. (1000 for the pella and 600 for the Provia,)

Any input would be appreciated.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jim, I am not a big fan of the Pella 250 series. The ProVia Aspect is ProVia's mid range vinyl window and is, in my opinion, a good mid range vinyl window. This would be my pick and it's quite a bit less. You could always throw in a nice upgrade on the ProVia -- glass package, sill reinforcement, etc. to make it even stronger/energy efficient.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 250 Bid vs. Milgard Stlyeline

Dane, we're collecting quotes for 22 windows for our home in the southwest. Our contractor quoted us on the Pella 250 and the Milgard Styleline. Any comments on either of these? Could upgrade to a better window if you thought it was worth it.

Jesse - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jesse, I'm not the biggest fan of Pella's vinyl windows. They make a great wood window, but their vinyl windows aren't the best in the game. Milgard makes a better vinyl window. I'd prefer you go with the Milgard Trinsic model over the Styleline myself. It's their newer slim frame vinyl window that is quite a nice looking vinyl window. This would be my call over the Styleline. The Tuscany is the call if you don't mind the bulkier look for your home.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 250 from Lowe’s vs. Reliabilit Windows

Hi Dane,I’m overwhelmingly unknowledgeable in regards to replacement windows and have been studying your insight in hopes of finding some clarity in our window replacement journey.

We’re looking to replace 13 windows and have received quotes from replacement by Andersen (38k), pella 250 from Lowe’s (10,200), and reliabilit (waiting on final quote, though expected to be less than pella). At this point I’m not comfortable with Andersen due to price & the other two options don’t have impressive reviews, plus I’m doubting the quality of installation Lowe’s will provide.

My next step is to find contractors to provide me with estimates, but I’m hoping you can recommend one or more reliable, mid-grade window brands. We’re in northern NJ where the winters are cold and windy & the summers manageable. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your individualized help and for the incredible knowledge your website provides.

Janel - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Janel. So your three bids are pretty different in terms of companies, materials and quality of windows. I would recommend a quality vinyl window for a cold winter climate like New Jersey. (I actually recommend quality vinyl windows for most people who aren’t married to the idea of a wood window.)

The Pella 250 vinyl window is not a quality window in my opinion. Reliabilt premium series is a decent mid range window.

Since you are in New Jersey, I’d recommend getting a bid from Ideal, which makes excellent vinyl windows in the Majestic and Platinum 3000 series.

You should also look at Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and even Zen windows to see if they have dealers in your area. You could consider their entry level windows, but I’d prefer you go with their standard or premium window series. Price wise, these shouldn’t run more than the Pella — they might, but that’s where the multiple bids come in.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 250 Series Replacement

I live in southern middle Tennessee. I have a bow window facing west getting full afternoon hot summer sun. It is leaking and I want to replace it. Having had two estimates so far and waiting on third, I am unsure which way to go. Opening is 10’ x 55”

Pella 250 Series.
Stationary tree windows in the middle. One casement window opening on each end.
$4936 replacing seat-board also

Estimate from Home Depot
6500 5 casement panels same design as Pella $4168
Simonton 6100 same as above $3788

I have a local guy who sells Anderson windows who came and gave rough estimate between $7500 to $10,000. Definitely cannot go this route.

I have read your reviews about installation and now worry about HD although they have the best estimate. I also worry about warranty now.

Thanks for your help!

Kay - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kay, I’m not a huge fan of the Pella 250 so if it were me I wouldn’t go that route.

The Simonton 6500 series sounds like your best bet so far. My point on the HD installation was to be vigilant about who is coming out to do the work. I would insist on seeing reviews on the company. The other route is to buy from HD and then find your own installer using yelp or Angie’s list.

You may want to see if there is a Sunrise dealer in your area or a Zen dealer. Same thing with the Zen dealers, you need to read the specific reviews on them to make sure they have a solid reputation.

Let me know how the project goes and good luck.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Kay's Reply]

Thanks so much for your response. I did sign contract with Home Depot and 25% down before receiving your email. I have researched this morning and found a Zen dealer offering Softlit windows. Waiting on a call from them now.

Kay - Homeowner - from 2019

Pella Replacement Windows or Sunrise

I have quotes on the Pella 250 Series for $10,025 (which includes installation and tax).

I also have a bid on the Sunrise V Series for $11,508 (which includes installation and tax).

Is the Sunrise V Class window worth the extra money? The Sunrise dealer charges $240 per window for custom exterior colors. They are charging me $1930 for a window (36 X 90) with a circle top, $1820 for a window (36 x 60) with an eyebrow shape at the top. The normal windows are coming in anywhere from $730 to $820.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, so I definitely think the Sunrise is worth the extra money. The prices quotes sound about right. I would see if you can't get them to reduce what they are charging you for the custom color option. There may be some wiggle room there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 250 Windows vs. Revere Sovereign

I live outside of Denver and need to upgrade my old aluminum windows to vinyl. I have two viable quotes and would like to get your take on them. We are replacing nine windows in total.

Revere Sovereign Window: $5,450

Pella 250 Windows: $9,865

Thank you in advance for any input!

Micah - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Micah, the Revere Sovereign window is a pretty solid mid range vinyl window. It's much more price appropriate than the Pella quote. The Pella 250 is not worth $1000 plus per window. I'd stick with the Revere Sovereign quote unless the Pella salesperson is willing to drop his price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 vs. Simonton Reflections 5500

I have a bid on the Simonton Reflections 5500, but I'm worried because it isn't rated on Consumer Reports. The Simonton Pro Finish Contractor window is and has an 83.

Another bid came in for the Pella 250, but that one only has a 62 Consumer Reports rating.

The bids were equal in price, more or less.

Which is the better window and how much should I rely on Consumer Reports?

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nancy, the Reflections 5500 is the better of the two windows by quite a lot. The Reflections 5500 isn't included in the CR because it isn't available for purchase at a retail shop. It would rank above the ProFinish Contractor if it were rated (or it should be rated higher).

The Pella 250 isn't a great vinyl window as you can probably tell from the Consumer Ratings. Now I don't actually put a ton of stock in Consumer Reports, but they are correct in how these two windows relate to one another.

If the prices are the same, then go with the Reflections series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 Series vs. Simonton 6100 Series

Visited your site and have question about two window manufacturers. We live in Central Florida so the summers are hot and humid.

Any input on prices, workmanship, longevity? Is one a better window & craftsmanship? Are these windows comparable to each other or am I comparing apples to oranges? We have been quoted on:

Pella 250 series from Lowes: removing 15 existing windows and replacing (installing) with 11 windows at $10,660.00

Simonton 6100 series from Home Depot: removing 15 existing windows and replacing (installing) 14 windows at $15,238.00

Renewal by Anderson: Removing 15 existing windows and replacing (installing) 13 windows at $30,000.00 - not in our budget

They both are offering a 15% discount on their above listed prices.

Your input would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully you can get back to us in a couple of days.

Anxiously awaiting your reply.

Brand - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brand, so the price of the Pella 250 is about what I'd expect. I don't love the Pella 250, but it's a much better vinyl window over what the company had before. Do they carry the Pella 350 series?

The Simonton 6100 is a better window, but that's too expensive what they quoted you out at.

The Renewal By Anderson quote is ridiculous as you already indicated.

I think you should get two bids from non big box stores to see how a local dealer's pricing compares. Perhaps a Simonton dealer on the Reflections 5500, the Ply Gem Pro or a dealer with PGT or CWS. I'll bet you can get a better window for roughly that same $10500 price.

Your choice whether you want to take that extra step, but the Pella is the best deal of what you have so far. Lower installation can be spotty so make sure they send their A-team to do your project. Insist on it.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 vs. Harvey Classic

Hi guys. I'm in the middle of remodeling a 100 year old home in West Virginia and I've been shopping for windows for several weeks now with different suppliers. I'm a carpenter by trade so I'll be doing the installion myself. I've been very informed by your website and wanted to thank you for putting this all together for us.

I've narrowed my search to two windows: the Pella 250 (which I can get for a good deal from Lowe's- unfortunately), and Harvey Classic (which is carried by a local supplier who says I'm getting them at their contractor's price because I do business with them). I'm replacing 8 openings altogether but several are very large in size ranging from 32" wide double hung to 72" wide sliders. My plan is to replace them all with double hung and fill the larger openings with twin and triple units (factory mulled together).

My estimate for the Harvey windows came in at about $4,000 and the estimate for the Pella is around $3,300. I was set on buying the Harveys but then I noticed on their spec sheet that their Classic windows come standard with a half-screen and they want an additional $300+ for the full screen upgrade. Pella I believe comes with a full screen. $4,000 is my budget and that puts the Harvey estimate at $1,100 more than Pella.

I've lived with Pella replacement windows in my current home for about 10 years now and they seem adequate to me. They haven't given me any issues and they still function fine while having that standard cheap white vinyl appearance. But all of those are very small windows- mostly 3' x 3' double hung with full screens. I've never seen Harvey's installed and I've only seen a small sample in the store and the salesman there isn't much help. Here are my concerns:

1. I know Harvey is the better window, but what does that actually mean?

2. How rigid will either model be when it comes to the larger ROs? Will they be strong in a 72"w x 48"h opening with triples, or a 60"w x 60"h opening with twins?

3. Does the pricing sound good for the Harvey's? It seems average to me- not "contractor pricing" but I could be very wrong.

4. Do you think the quality of the Harvey windows is worth the extra $1,100+ ?

5. Are full screens really much more convenient than half screens? Worth the extra $300+? Is that something I can upgrade to in the future?

Thanks a lot for your help guys!

Josh - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Josh, the Harvey Classic is the better window. Better features and components, better fit and tolerances, better overall craftsmanship -- all translates to better performance data, especially U-factor and Air infiltration. Over time, the window with the less solid materials will tend to breakdown quicker and require little fixes here and there, maybe the seals break, balances get out of whack etc.

The Harvey Classic is definitely worth the extra money. $45 per window to go from the half to the full screen is not a surprising number. $500 per window sounds about right, but normally that would include installation so I am a bit surprised by the cost. You should have the Harvey dealer come out and give you a bid to see -- ask him to breakdown the bid into material and installation cost!

The windows ought to be plenty strong for those openings. If you want to double check this, get a couple bids from other window dealers in the area and pick their brains. They don't have to know that you're planning on doing the work yourself. You can pick up lots of info, tips, tricks, etc. for local installers at a grand total cost to you of nothing. It's usually a pretty idea-opening experience...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 vs. Zen Nirvana

We are interested in replacing 21 windows and have gotten 2 estimates. Of the 21, one is a half circle window. Do you think we should get more bids or are 2 enough?

Pella 250: $15,264.00

Zen Nirvana: $10421.00

I’m not opposed to negotiating to get a lower price.

Thank you.

Dorothy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Zen Nirvana is the better of the windows, hands down. Plus its way less expensive!v How nice is that?

Good luck on your project the winner of the two windows ought to be clear...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 Series vs. Atrium 3500

Hi Dane, I am in the process of replacing my front door and a front windows in my home. I have priced the Pella 250 from their store and after research noticed they do receive good reviews. I went to the local Lowe’s in southern Indiana and they also carry the same models at a better price and on sale. The salesman recommended the Atrium 3200 or 3500 series. Is this a better window or should I keep looking. A lot of choices and since I am staying in the home, I want a decent window. He also recommended the MMI entry door with side lights and transom. Any recommendations before I sign the dotted line? Thanks

Duff - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

I would say the Pella 250 is probably right on par with an Atrium 3500. Not the best window, but probably one of the best you are going to get at the big box stores. I would say this -- if you are going to go with a Lowes or Home Depot product, call each store up (as well as perhaps another store like Dixieline etc) and speak with the guys in the window and door department. Ask them what window they carry is the best and what window would they choose for their home. (Hopefully these two answers are the same!) Then get pricing and make sure you get a decent low-e glass. Do that with all three stores and see what you come up with. The issue is that HD and Lowes carry products regionally so it's difficult for me to say what the best product is in your local store.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 vs. Simonton 6200

Hi Dane, I need to replace 12 of my windows on a 2011 home due to hail damage that my insurance is covering and I have two quotes. My insurance has approved enough to cover both but I just want to know which is the better window. From what I've seen on your website it sounds like the Simonton, but I wanted to ask the question. Also if it is the Simonton is the price too high?Thanks for your help in advance!

Pella 250

Home Depot
Simonton 6200

Elgie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Elgie, the Simonton is indeed the better window of the two. As to price, Home Depot tends to be a bit all over the place. The plus side on HD is you can price out the windows themselves and see the breakdown on product versus installation. Right now, you are paying $845 per window. I can't see the Simonton 6200 windows being more than $350 per window to buy them from HD.

I'm not a huge fan of HD installers because they are often paid per window, which means they are incentivized to go quickly. If it were me, I would probably buy the windows from HD and then go on yelp, angies list or craigslist and find a highly reputable installer and have him come give me a bid to install the windows. You will often save some money and insure that the installation is solid.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 Window or Reliabilit 3900 Series

Because of our location and non response from most local window replacement vendors, I have narrowed my search to our local Lowes. (which has a great service reputation). I am looking at the Reliabilt 3900 vs Pella 250. Do you recommend one over the other? I am replacing 27 windows and one will have to be custom built.

JR - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

JR, in terms of the Reliabilt 3900 window and the Pella 250 series, I would rate those two very similar to another. If I had to choose one, I would probably go with the Pella 250 over the Reliabilt simply because Pella has a better reputation than Reliabilt.

Prior to the 350 and 250 series from Pella, the company made relatively bad vinyl windows. This latest iteration has been a big improvement. I guess that would be the driving factor for me, although I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of buying windows from these big box stores because they typically carry the entry-level series from the companies they carry.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 250 Series vs. Simonton 6100 Series

Good evening!

I have been looking at your site for weeks now and going crazy on what windows to get. I live by the jersey shore. I have had 3 companies come out so far.

18 double hung windows

Home Depot Simonton 6100 Series - $12000
Pella 250 Series - $18,898
Anderson Renewal - Coming out soon to give me pricing.

Can you maybe suggest something else in my area I can look at?

Thank you very much!

Justin - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Justin, I'm not sure I like any of these. The Pella 250 vinyl window is okay, but the idea of paying $1000 per window is absurd. The HD Simonton 6100 series is a middle of the road window, but at $666 per window, you should be able to get something much better. I would imagine that the Renewal quote will be much higher than any of these.

It is possible that your project involves some extensive installation work that is driving up the cost, but so far I don't see any of these bids as great.

I would start by getting a bid from the local Okna dealer on their entry-level 400 series. I would also see if there is a Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, or Zen dealer that could give you a bid. All of their "entry-level" windows are going to be superior to the Simonton 6100 series or the 250 Pella series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 200 Series vs. Polaris ThermalWeld

Tim, I found your website to be very informative. I have a good vibe from a local company and trust their installation. However, I'm not sure on the cost? I have attached the quote and would be curious to get your opinion.

They are about $1,000 less than a quote I got on Pella 200 series directly from Pella. As you know they are WAY Less than the Andersen Replacement that uses Fibrex?

Any input would be appreciated.

The original bid was for 12 Polaris ThermalWeld Windows and 1 UltraWeld patio door. The total on the project bid was $15,200.


Drew - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Drew, the bid looks high to me at first glance. $780 per window installed is about at the top end of what I'd expect for vinyl windows. This doesn't mean that the price is unfair, but I would get a couple more bids.

Pella is always a high bid, as is Renewal, so I'm not sure you can look at those and feel secure in your Polaris bid.

Google whether Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Wallside, or Vytex is available in your area. Hopefully you can get two more bids and then make your decision.

You may also want to take a look at this article...the Polaris dealer will probably come down off his price is he thinks you are getting multiple bids from competitors.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 250 Vinyl Windows vs Sunrise Essentials

Sunrise Essentials vs Pella 250 vinyl windows. Which is best?

Brian - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

While the Sunrise Essentials isn't the best window out there, it's a decent window with a .30 U-factor and a .10 air infiltration rate. This is going to be better than Pella's entry level window, the 250 model. If it were my house, I would go with the Sunrise Essentials. If at all possible I would try and stretch into the Sunrise window (sometimes called the standard or classic model). Pella has definitely stepped up their game with the 250 and 350, but I still don't think they can hold a candle to the top tier vinyl window manufacturers.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 250 Window vs Polaris Ultraweld

Pella 250 series vinyl windows vs Polaris Ultraweld. Let me know what you think.

Robert - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Polaris Ultraweld over the Pella 250 by a mile. Maybe even a mile and a half :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 250 Windows vs Mercury Excelum

Received your msg, forget Pella, took a second look, I'll pass. however do give me your opinion of Mercury Excelum. I've attached 2 PDFs with some specs, compare to American Craftsman or window world, OR Pella 250 , but No installs. ME made nearby in Ct, can get at a local Non big box lumberyard, free delivery, and done business with 20 plus years, they recommend ME.

I'm installing the 11 windows myself, filling the cavities, caulking well, trimming the interior trim, and leaving the storm windows in place, so as not to change the looks of this huge house of 30 + windows, 3 stories high. You opinion is important to me that I make the correct choice. Thank You in advance.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rick, I agree that the Pella 250 vinyl window is probably one you should pass on. It just doesn't offer the quality that you should be looking for in a vinyl window.

American Craftsman is probably worse than Pella in terms of overall quality so let's toss that one as well.

I know very little about the Mercury Excelum brand, but I did take a look at the brochure you included.

The 3/4 inch IG low-e double hung (40" by 63" test size) gets .27 u-value, .28 shgc, .52 VT, and a .04 air infiltration. These are good numbers. The company has been around since 1953, so they obviously make a product that contractors and builders have been using for decades. I can't speak to the individual parts because they aren't listed in the brochure.

The numbers for the Mercury Advantage series (I'm not quite sure if this a lower end series, their website is unclear on this point) were decidedly less impressive, particularly the .21 air infiltration. Anything above .15 causes me some concern.

You are obviously limited in what you have access to as a DIYer and I think that the Mercury Excelum looks like a good choice -- I don't know what price you are getting, but if you have access to a vinyl window that is offering a .04 AI I think you should feel comfortable in terms of quality.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 250 Series vs. Vantage Pointe 6500E

I need some advice with regard to replacing some wood windows. We have received pricing quotes from Lowes and Home Depot for various VINYL brands. Specifically, Vantage Pointe 6500E, Pella Thermastar and Pella 250 Series. We reside on the East Coast and have a limited budget because of having to replace approximately 18 WOOD windows. Since the estimates have been extremely high, we are looking to contract with a local company in the 22407 zip code area. I would appreciate your recommendation on a window brand.

Bernice - Homeowner - from 2016

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Bernice, none of the windows you mentioned are super high quality, but the Vantage Pointe 6500E option is probably your best bet. The Pella 250 would be next in line, not a bad vinyl window, but perhaps on the lower end of the mid range. The Pella Thermastar is one of my least favorite vinyl windows out there. Check out our replacement windows by Consumer Reports to verify (I actually don't think Consumer Reports gets much right besides their score on the Thermastar.)

I think you should at least get a couple of quotes from local dealers, not HD and Lowes, although with your tight budget it might be tough. The two brands I would recommend are Okna and Sunrise, both of which should be available in Virginia.

Since you are on a budget, I would say look up companies that offer these window brands and call them up and tell them you want a quote on their entry level window window, the Okna 400 series and the Sunrise Bainbridge option. These windows are going to be MUCH better than the windows you have selected. I'm not sure they will be in your budget, but I will say that long term they may be the cheaper alternative, especially if you are going to be staying in your home for a long time.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella 250 Windows vs Simonton Vantage Point

My wife and I recently received quotes by a Pella representative and a Home Depot representative. How do the Pella 250 and 350 compare to the Simonton Vantage Point 6500?

Dave - Homeowner - from 2016

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Dave, I would have to give the edge to the Pella 250/350, but not by much. Both of these vinyl windows are right in that mid range option (perhaps a bit on the low side of that mid range). The reason that most consumers like the HD Simonton Vantage Point 6500 is the price, while many consumers go with Pella for the name (usually mistakenly). Pella has definitely stepped up their game with the 250 and 350 series, but they are often going to run more than something like the VantagePointe.

The big issue I have with HD is the installation quality with the use of subcontractors who are paid a very low rate for their services. I don't find this to be a recipe for quality (certainly not always the case, but I've heard enough stories to know it can be true).

I would be curious to know how these compare to one another in terms of price? I would have to assume that the Pella option was quite a bit more. If it were me, I would get a couple more quotes to before I pulled the trigger. Where are you located, I could make a couple of suggestions if you'd like.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella 250 Series vs. Champion Windows

Do you have an opinion of Pella 250 series v. a href="">Champion replacement windows? I am looking for double hung replacement windows with installation. I have talked with Pella and Champion reps, as well as Renewal by Andersen (very expensive).

I am trying to compare vinyl double hung replacement windows with installation. I am finding few manufacturers who have installers within the company, or even long-time relationships with installers.

I have found and received estimates from Champion and Pella (250 series) and also for Renewal by Andersen fibrex windows (very expensive). The Champion warranty seems better, but also seems too good to be true – why would they agree to replace a window damaged by a rock thrown by a mower? For a trip fee?

Do you have an opinion on the comparative quality and reliability of the Champion and Pella 250 series windows? Thank you.

Betsy - Homeowner - from 2016

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The Pella 250 and their 350 are certainly better than their previous generation ov vinyl windows, but honestly there are much better places to go for vinyl windows than Pella. Champion makes a stronger vinyl window in my opinion and they do their own installation, which means they know the window well and are well versed in the little tricks that often go into installing a specific model of vinyl window. The one criticism of Champion from some consumers is that the company charges a premium price for a good (but not great) product. This will certainly depend on the salesperson you get etc. The window breakage provision is a good one and they can offer it because they are a big company and have lots of window parts and glass on hand.

Assuming you like the price from Champion, I'd say go for it. Please let me know how it works for you!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella 250 Model vs Soft-Lite Windows

I'm replacing 30 year old aluminum windows and am definitely looking at vinyl as my go to selection. We currently have a bid for the Pella 250 window (installed at $575 per window), the Vista Platinum window (installed at $590 per window). I'm expecting a bid on the Wincore 700 window and I may get a bid from Soft-Lite.

I've done lots of research but it's all starting to get a bit muddled, there is a lot of confusing information out there! I'd like to get your opinion(s).

Robbie - Homeowner - from 2016

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Robbie, here is my two cents. First off, you should definitely get the bids from Wincore and Soft-lite. Soft-Lite is going to be the best of the bunch, although they have lots of models so this has to be taken with a grain of salt. Their top end vinyl windows - the Elements, Imperial LS and Pro are all good windows, especially the first two. The Vista Platinum series is decent and I like the 7700 window from Wincore. They are probably on par with the Soft-Lite Pro, which is an older model from Soft-Lite. The Pella 250 is a tier below these other series and therefore not worth the price you were quoted in my opinion.

I would suggest getting all of your quotes and then emailing me back and let me know the numbers and we'll go from there!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella 250 Series Reviews

I'm in the process of getting some quotes to replace all (21) windows on my house. The original windows are aluminum frame, single pane. So far I got a quote from Gulf Coast Windows (extremely high), Pella (for their 250 series) and Renewal by Andersen, which was $34,000. To me it seems quite expensive but I really do not know what would be a fair price. Pella quote around $14,000 for the same project using the 250 series. The Pella 250 is a vinyl window and the few reviews that I found weren't good. Any advice on price range and good mid-level windows frames and companies would be really appreciate. BTH, I live in Houston.

Damian - Homeowner - from 2014

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Pella definitely is not known for their high quality vinyl windows, although they have made some definite strides in the past several years to improve the overall quality in the 250 and 350 series windows. Both of these windows use the pocket sill however, which I think most installers would agree is not a very good design feature.

Most of the bigger players in the industry have seen the market share of vinyl windows grow over the last decade and obviously want to part of it. I'd still be hesitant to tell my customers to go with Pella vinyl windows, not because I think they are poor in quality, but instead that there are so many good vinyl options out there.

Barry - Contractor - from 2014

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Pella 350 Windows Reviews

Pella doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to vinyl windows. For instance, the Pella Thermastar seems to have locked in the lowest rated vinyl window on the Consumer Reports Replacement Windows list for the past few years running. The Pella 250 is just two slots up from this and gets a 61 rating out of 100. I'm not a big proponent of Consumer Reports list in general (the 3rd highest vinyl window on their list is the American Craftsman 70 Series, a thoroughly unforgettable window in my opinion.)

The Pella 350 window is a good improvement over their previous vinyl windows such as the ThermaStar). However, the windows still us a poor sill design and are glazed with a PPG Intercept spacer, which is kind of dated at this point. This isn't to say that these windows are bad, just that they aren't a top quality vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella 350 or the Polaris Ultraweld

I have bids to replace 12 sliders and 1 3 panel slider. The contractor is tearing out the old windows and installing full replacements, what he calls a full tear out. He gave me a bid on two windows, the Pella 350 or the Polaris Ultraweld.

Polaris Ultraweld Window: $6,922

Pella 350 Window: $7,347

Todd - Homeowner - from 2019

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Todd, the Polaris Ultraweld option is the clear winner between these two. I'm surprised that his pricing on the Polaris UltraWeld is as low as it is. Take the Polaris for sure!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 350 Series vs. Marvin Infinity

Hi Dane, we have a big project to replace 32 wood windows because we have broken glass, the seals are broken and most of the sills and the brick mold are shot. We were thinking of full frame replacement as the ideal way to do the job as opposed to pocket replacement within the old wood window jamb.

We have got quotes from contractor for Pella 350 at about 50K, Marvin Infinity for about 65K and now waiting for estimates from contractors for installing OKNA 800 and one other contractor with Pinnacle Windows from Lindsay.

We feel that the prices are quite high and we are leaning towards OKNA 800 for either a full replacement option or a pocket replacement using existing wood jambs as I feel it's a fairly decent product. But I did read a lot of reviews where the grids between the glasses were not centered. Are there other vinyl windows that have a slim profile that you would recommend as opposed to OKNA.

Your advise and feedback would be greatly appreciated. We live in Chicago where the weather can swing a lot.

Jayaraj - Homeowner - from 2019

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Jayaraj, the Okna windows are definitely a very good product. The Marvin Infinity is also a very nice window, not cheap as you can seen but worth the extra $15K over the Pella 350 series.

You may want to try Sunrise Restorations, a slim profile and excellent window. Soft-Lite makes a nice product, but not necessarily a thinner profile over the Okna. You could also try and see if Kensington has a dealer near you.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 350 Series And Sunrise Verde

Tim, I have a quote for a 72x80 Sunrise Verde sliding door, clear low e/argon glass = $2750 installed. I don’t see verde mentioned on your site. How does it compare with the models that you like? The Verde quality seems impressive compared to the doors in the big box stores.

For 17 Sunrise Verde windows, the quote is $11500 installed.

Window world 4000s quote is $6800. I think the 6000s would be about $7000.

Going for Okna and Pella 350 quotes next. You guys don’t seem to like Pella 350 although Consumer Reports rates them tops among those they tested. CR downgrades the Window World 6000s especially due to rain intrusion. I figure they should be better than the WW 6000s.

I’m selling the house in 2 years so I’m thinking of going with the Sunrise sliding door and the Pella windows, but waiting to see where the Okna comes in.

I found your sunrise verde page – seems you like them even at $676 installed – but maybe not for someone who hopes to move in 2 years.

Thanks for the advice.

Joe - Homeowner - from 2019

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Hi Joe, the Sunrise Verde is an excellent vinyl window (and sliding door) that is well worth $676 per window installed. However, your move out date throws that out the window (pun intended). Your return on investment is probably not worth the price of a good window, unless the buyer sees it as such. Unfortunately, this is not often the case.

The Pella 350 is a decent enough window, it’s just not usually worth the price they charge. Consumer Reports only rates windows that are available to consumers through retail stores so the Pella 350 usually gets a good score. It’s just not a very good window when compared to an Okna or Sunrise.

I think your logic is pretty good here with the Sunrise door and Pella windows. If it does come up in the sale, consumers have heard of Pella and is generally considered a good brand. (They do make an excellent wood clad window.)

Window World is your other option which gets you the lowest price and therefore a better return on investment. I am not a fan myself, but if the branch has a good reputation, it’s a low cost way to get a new vinyl window with a lower upfront cost.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Pella 350 vs. American Weathertechs

I've read through your site extensively. The only other leads I had -- which I didn't pursue to the bid level -- are Pella 250 or 350 through a Lowe's rep and American Weathertechs (Preservation brand and they told me over the phone their middle grade is called Reserve?). At the time, neither seemed as attractive as the three options I shared with you, but I'm thinking I might pursue American Weathertechs again unless you steer me away from Preservation compared to the Alside Mezzo and Energy Wall's EnergyWeld.

Amy - Homeowner - from 2018

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I'm not a big fan of the Pella vinyl windows. Preservation is a decent window, but it tends to be expensive. American Weathertechs also sell Vinylmax. The Vinylmax Edison series is pretty darn good, especially with the foam filled frame upgrade. The reviews on American Weathertech look pretty darn solid from the very little research I did on them. Definitely worth a look.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 350 Series vs. PGT 5570 Series

Hi Dane, we bought a place at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina last year and are now starting a total remodel. Part of the remodel is replacing four 8’ sliders and four windows. Our place faces east and is located on a channel just off the intercostal and a direct mile from the ocean.

We have received 3 quotes for vinyl windows/doors with impact glass and really need to know which way to go.

1. Pella 350 Series (with roller screens and sun defense glass tinting) $20,000 (uninstalled) $26,000 (installed)

2. Viwinco Ocean View (Bettervue screens and no additional window tinting) $12,286

3. PGT 5570 Series (Bettervue screens and no additional window tinting) $14,336.91

The Viwinco & PGT prices DO NOT include installation as our contractor said he could remove all the old units and install the new units himself which brings up another question. In your opinion, should we let our contractor do the install ($75.00 per hour) or the window company? He is a small local contractor but has been in business for over 20 years; we have confidence in him but need to stretch the funds where possible.

I have enjoyed your website and appreciate your knowledge. Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2018

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Nancy, thanks for the question, sounds like an exciting and stressful project :)

The Pella 350 window is a decent product, but not one I would even consider at the price quoted.
The Viwinco Ocean View window is not bad for a budget project.
The PGT 5570 Series is the clear winner in my mind. Good company and good impact window.

Assuming your contractor has installed windows and patio doors on previous jobs, I don't see why he can't do the work, especially because he knows your project better than anyone else. I would say a normal window removal and installation would be a two hour job. Since many companies charge $150 per window for the install, I'd say your contractors charge is right on the money.

Patio doors can be considerably more since they often involve more work, but I think his rate is fair and comparable to the window industry in general.

Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 350 vs. Vista Vinyl Windows

Hi Tim, I am in the St. Louis MO area and looking for 16 double hung windows and 1 slider window. We are looking at Polaris UltraWeld, Pella 350, and Vista vinyl windows.

A. are these 3 good?
B. do you have average costs on these windows.
C. Would you choose a different manufacturer?

Mike - Homeowner - from 2017

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Hi Mike. The Polaris Ultraweld is a very good vinyl window. The Vista is a decent vinyl window and the Pella 350 is a middle of the road vinyl window. That's how I would rank them, but honestly I would advise you to go with the Polaris Ultraweld as it will provide the best long term value for your money.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 350 vs MI Windows

Dear Sirs, we are building a new house in Kansas City and our builder uses M&I and Pella windows in his model homes. The house ours is patterned from used M&I. We are struggling to get comfortable with them and are leaning toward insisting on using the Pella brand. We have never heard of M&I and my research shows a class action suit brought in 2012 and settled in 2015. Red flag indeed. Can you give us your opinion of both M&I and Pella and your recommendation, please.

Morey - Homeowner - from 2017

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Hi Morey, I would agree with you that there are immediate red flags when it comes to MI windows. They are a builder grade windows for the most part, meaning builders buy them because they are cheaply made and they save money by using them. The problems often rear their heads come year 7 or 8 or 9 when you begin to get little things happening (I'm not saying this will happen to you, but I deal with enough consumer's complaints to say this CAN happen) -- broken seals, locks that don't work right, sashes that don't smoothly open, etc. By this point, your builder has obviously moved on and MI isn't overly concerned about addressing your problem because they are in the business of selling more vinyl windows.

I would say that MI's premium vinyl windows are better, but it's still not a brand I would feel comfortable with in my home if I were interested in long term value.

Pella used to be just as bad when it came to vinyl windows. Their Thermostar was one of the worst vinyl windows ever made in my opinion. However, the company has certainly improved with their 250 and 350 series a few years back. They aren't the best vinyl windows on the market, but I would probably feel comfortable with the 350 Pella in my home.

They wouldn't be my first pick, but if my choices were MI and Pella, I would go with the Pella 350 series with a nice low-e glass package. The installation of the windows is important so be the squeaky wheel when they are installing it so the installers bring their A game and don't cut any corners.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 350 Series vs Vinylmax Edison

Hi Dane, my husband and I are looking for replacement windows for our home in St Paul, Minnesota. We have 15 windows to replace- 2 are large picture windows and the others are sliders (6) or casements (7). We are looking at vinyl windows & full frame replacements. We've gotten window + installation quotes from Pella for the 250/350 series (just over $30k), Home Depot for the Andersen 100 series ($20k), and a local company for the Vinylmax Edison series ($23k).

We've ruled out Pella (too expensive, don't like the windows) and Home Depot (don't like the windows). We were very impressed with the company who quoted us on the Vinylmax windows & we like the window itself, but the price seems steep compared to other quotes we've seen online. In your opinion, is $23k way too expensive for this project?

Thanks for the gut check. Your site has been super helpful as we have been going through this process.

Laura - Homeowner - from 2017

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Hi Laura, I agree that the Pella quote is way too high, especially considering that the Vinylmax Edison window is better than the Pella 350 window, in my opinion. The Andersen 100 is a decent window, but I would rate the Edison as better. In terms of a fair price, I can't say. But I can offer a couple of suggestions to help you find out.

One, are the bids broken out between the windows and the labor? This can help you separate how much the companies are charging for the install and should give you an overall idea of what the market price is for the installation.

Two, get a few more bids and compare these, asking for the bids to be broken down into windows and labor. (Some companies will do this, and some won't, but it's always good to ask.) I have a feeling that the Edison quote is probably right on, but you won't know until you get one or two more. The HD bid is probably lower on the install and you are right to toss it because HD typically pays such a bad rate to their subs that they aren't giving you a proper and thorough installation in some cases.

Three, you will want to see if the Edison bid can go any lower. Here's an article that may be helpful.

Four, you could always buy the Andersen 100 at HD and find your own installer. Someone who is local and has a great reputation for quality installs. This is often the cheapest approach but its a bit more hands on. There is a lot of transparency here because HD tells you exactly what they charge for the window and so you are getting only HD's markup, not the contractor's mark up (assuming they are marking it up).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella 350 vs Marvin Integrity

I am replacing/enlarging the south facing double hung window in my kitchen. I want the new window to measure 48x54 & going from left to right be 25% slider, 50%stationary, 25% slider. My quotes are $971 for a a href="">Marvin Integrity Wood-Ultrex double for just a double slider & a Pella 350 series sliding window-vent right/fixed/vent left-in I believe vinyl for $1317 & an MI custom 3 light slider the same as I described I want for $310. I know I'm not getting any of these. What window companies should I be looking at, what are your recommendations for the manufacturers of a window like this?

Similarly I am looking for sliding French doors or swing in French doors to replace my current in swinging French doors going from the dining room to a screened porch. The rough opening is 129 inches & currently my unobstructed opening with both doors open is 6ft. I'd like bifold doors which I know I can't afford. Next I'd take 3 or 4 sliders & last new in swinging French doors. The quotes I have are; $5958 for a Marvin Integrity Ultrex wood OXXO configuration, $4402 for a Jeld-Wen Auralast Siteline wood sliding patio door-OXXO as well, $6057 for a Pella 350 series quad sliding door-fixed, vent, vent, fixed 10" smaller than my rough opening, $6146 for a Pella Architect quad sliding same config 13" smaller than my rough opening, $9843 for a Pella Architect inswing door-sidelight- double inswing-sidelight & $2200 for a Tucker 2/0, 6/0 dble, 2/0 wood, full view double slider. What's your thoughts on these & suggestions on where to get a good quality window & door system that will last for a decent price? Thank you so much for your help.

Patricia - Homeowner - from 2016

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Patricia, I like the Marvin Integrity, but it sounds like you have already exes out this option or that they don't offer the configuration you are looking for. The Pella 350 series is a decent vinyl window, but I tend to think that Pella is overpriced in most cases -- however the 350 series is their best vinyl window to date. I've never recommended an MI window and I'm not going to start now.

In North Carolina, you have some solid options out there -- these are the brands I like and often recommend - Okna, Sunrise, Zen, Simonton and Champion. Find a local company that sells these brands and get a bid on the project. While they are out, ask them to give you a bid on the patio door as well. If they don't provide custom doors that will work for your home, ask them for a good local recommendation and call the recommendation up.

As far as the doors go, I stick by my recommendations up top. ProVia and Jeld Wen both make good doors. I would definitely consider the Jeld Wen door bid as it is the cheapest of the bunch and the aura last wood comes with a lifetime warranty. As well, try a bid from Home Depot on their 400 series or their 200 series (I can't remember what is offered in which series in terms of in swing or outswing). You'll have to hire your own contractor to put in the door, but their prices are pretty tough to beat.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella 350 vs Simonton Windows

I have quotes on vinyl replacement windows by Simonton and Pella that are within $400. Which would you recommend. Thanks

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2015

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Kathy, the answer to this question really depends on which window models or series you have quotes on and what glass packages are included with each. Both Simonton and Pella make some very mediocre windows and they make some good windows as well. The Pella 250 and 350 series are okay vinyl windows, probably on par with the mid range Simonton Reflections 5300 Model. If you provide me with a bit more information, I can give you a much more specific answer. Thanks!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Pella vs Marvin Fiberglass Windows

We need to replace 32 windows in our house (replacing Caradco windows, approx. 20 years old - 50% have broken seals). Looking at Pella Vinyl 350 series & Marvin Infinity or Integrity. Any thoughts on which is best. We are looking for good quality, best bang for the dollar. Thanks.

Russ - Homeowner - from 2015

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Russ, I would put the Marvin Integrity and Infinity firmly over the Pella 350 series for overall design and craftsmanship. I happen to like the Infinity over the Integrity model, but take a look at them side by side yourself (assuming whoever is selling you the window carries both models) to check out the differences between the two. The Infinity Everwood (interior wood grain, not real wood) is pretty darn realistic looking and comes in 8 different wood species that can match your interior color scheme nicely. Here is a link to explore the differences in more details.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Pella Thermastar Windows Reviews

The Pella Thermastar window generally gets poor reviews, including from the list of top windows from Consumer Reports. The vinyl extrusions and corner welds on the Thermastar leave something to be desired and the overall design and construction is mediocre. The Thermastar is no longer even listed on the company website (renamed the Pella Encompass Series), although it is still sold in pockets of the country in the Big Box stores. Most consumers would do well to choose another replacement window option to maximize their long term value.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella Thermastar vs. Paradigm 8300

Hi Dane, wanted to get your opinion on the paradigm vinyl windows vs the Pella ones they sell at Lowes. Live in northern Maine where the winters are very cold, the window will be replacing the current window in our bathroom. The Paradigm are a little more expensive than the Pella but if they are that much better I'd spring for them.

Let me know what you think between the two.

Thanks for your help,

Amos - Homeowner - from 2018

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Amos, if the question is between the Pella 200 series and paradigm, then I would have to go with the paradigm, although you didn’t tell me which model or series you were considering. Typically, Lowe’s carries a lower end window, which would lead me to believe that it’s one of the entry-level paradigm windows that you are looking at.

Their higher end 8300 series is a better window then the Pella 250. However, their lower end vinyl windows arent going to be as good as the Pella 250.

What I would do if I was you is ask all of the associates in windows at Lowe’s which window they go with for their own home. I’m not the biggest fan of the big box stores because they typically carry entry level windows from the different companies. However, I would say that the mid range paradigm in the Pella 250 series are roughly equal and I would consider them to be middle of the road vinyl windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Amos's Response]

Hi Dane, sorry for not including the model and series of the windows I'm looking at, the window from lowes is a thermastar by pella. and the other is the Paradigm 8300 series from a local lumber and hardware store. The price difference is about 80 dollars. What would you recommendation between the two of these be?

Thanks again.

[Site Editor's Answer]

Amos, the Pella Thermostar is generally regarded as one of the worst vinyl windows on the market. The Paradigm 8300 model is definitely the way to go in this "match up." Best of luck to you in your upcoming project!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Hurricane Windows Reviews

Pella manufactures the DP50 Thermastar single hung that should be approved for Florida coastal code, I believe its code compliant for Miami Dade. The single hung is easier to get to pass code, plus in Florida people don't open and close their windows in the summer because everyone runs A/C. Thermastar isn't the best window out there by any stretch but it carries a lifetime warranty and is a good low end alternative.

Donald - Contractor - from 2010

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Pella Impervia Windows Reviews

The Pella Impervia window uses a fiberglass frame with clean lines and a thin profile. The Impervia model can be ordered as a double or single hung, casement, awning and as a slider. Performance wise, the Impervia is going to be middle of the road compared to other fiberglass windows. Expect a u-factor of .30 and an air leakage of .18, sort of mediocre numbers.

Some contractors are not big fans of the Impervia, citing poor design and somewhat flimsy construction. I would recommend that consumers get their hands on the Impervia and try to compare the look and feel of it to some of the other options out there such as the Marvin Infinity.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella Impervia vs Marvin Infinity Pricing

I have two bids on fiberglass windows and I'd love to get your take on how they compare. The bid is for 25 windows -- no doors. The Pella Impervia fiberglass window has an air leakage of 0.18 and an STC rating of 26. The Marvin Infinity fiberglass window has a .19 air leakage and an STC that is I believe very similar. Each quote includes laminated glass, which I know adds quite a bit to the total but we are on a busy street.

Pella Impervia Bid: $24,600

Marvin Infinity Bid: $27,580

Mike - Homeowner - from 2018

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Mike, the Infinity is the superior window to the Impervia in my opinion. I find the Impervia to be a somewhat flimsy window compared with the Infinity, which is well built and durable. If noise reduction is your primary concern, you may want to consider a window that has a low air infiltration rating. (Neither of these windows does.) The amount of air (and sound) that is able to pass through your window makes a big difference.

Consider the Okna 800, Sunrise Restorations, Soft-Lite Elements, Kensington Quantum 2, or thePolaris UltraWeld. Each of these vinyl windows has a .04 AI or lower and should do a better job of keeping out noise. The other plus on these windows is that they very well might be less than the bid you currently have. From an aesthetic standpoint, it's very difficult to tell the difference between fiberglass and vinyl so that's not an issue either.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Impervia Windows vs Soft-Lite And Okna

We have talked to 5 window replacement businesses and are down to choosing between three. We live in DC suburbs, and based on what I am reading, we apparently pay a different price than other areas (i.e. much higher). The job is 13 windows and one 6 foot slider. Townhouse is contemporary, wood siding, with SW exposure and wonderful light in the living room. Current windows are original to 1981, metal, double pane but the wind blows through.

Windows include seven 30.5 X 70 windows. There is conflicting information on whether four of these need tempered glass on the bottom Four are 10 from the floor, 2 of these are in a second story BR. One company says we don?t need the tempered glass because the total area of the bottom window is less than 9 sq ft. Two suggested we have the tempered glass for safety, regardless of the area. One slider over the bathtub will be tempered glass

Estimates include the following:

Company 1: Okna 500 $15,516, installed (with additional discounts for cash, putting up a sign, signing day he came out... we didn't)

Okna 800 $16, 491 (same discounts) Very busy molding on the outside of this one, though ratings are excellent.

Tempered glass in Bathroom only

Company 2: Soft-Lite Pro $12,665 (haven't asked him re: additional discounts yet for the Pro or the LS)

Soft-Lite LS $13,725

Pella Impervia $13,995 (we saw Pella windows, didn't care for them, and energy ratings are better for the vinyl)

Tempered glass in four bottom windows

This company was the only one that got that I want to maximize the glass opening to maintain the light in our home. The other two kept telling me to compare the VT, which is part but not all of it. He is going to come out again with his installer to see if they can use a dremel saw to open a bit more of the inside frame allowing a larger window insert and larger glass area.

Company 3: Ideal Majestic Energy Green Package $11,160 (check or credit card price $10,335)

Tempered glass in four bottom windows.

All companies to cap exterior wood around windows with aluminum, all include the thruvision screens.

I have a spreadsheet to compare the energy ratings, warranties, etc. but may have overdone this and we may be in the area of overthinking this. Any of these will be so much better than what we have now, but we hope to be here at least 10 more years or longer. Any thoughts? Thanks.

Ruth - Homeowner - from 2017

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Ruth, company 1 and 2 are offering some great windows. The Ideal Majestic is just an okay window, while the other windows are excellent.

If it were me, I would go with the Imperial LS. The Pella Impervia isn't a very good fiberglass window in my opinion.

Okna is a great window but the Soft-Lite is comparable. The Imperial LS is an excellent window and seems like the best priced of the bunch.

The bid is hopefully negotiable, so perhaps use the Ideal bid to see if you can get company 2 to come down on their price. Something like if you can come close to this other bid for $11,136, I will sign today. Take a bit of time and see if you can find the floor of the quote.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella Impervia Contractor Review

I would place the Pella Impervia range at the very bottom of the fiberglass window options. I feel they are bad performers and are not visually appealing in any way. There are so many great window options available, this is definitely not one of them.

Charles - Installer – 2012

Pella Impervia Design Complaint

My thoughts on this Pella window are not very positive, in fact I think these windows are low quality, have poor energy ratings and are badly designed. If you're looking for a window then go for the higher end vinyl options, these will never lose their color, they are built to last and won't peel or warp. Names to consider include Gorell, Okna, SoftLite and Sunrise.

George - Installer - from 2012

Pella Windows Reviews 2012

The only place Pella is better than other brands is in their advertising department. The vinyl and Pella fiberglass windows are both terrible. You're paying a premium price for marketing, not for good windows. Inline makes a good window as well as patio doors, and ProVia is a good choice too. BTW, these recommendations are not my top personal choices, just the best among the brands you are considering. My top picks (if available in your area) would be the Okna 500, Gorell 5300, Sunrise Restorations or the Soft-Lite Imperial or Elements.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2012

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Pella Impervia vs. Soft-Lite Elements

I have spent a few weeks getting window replacement quotes together and could really do with some advice. I am drawn to two of the quotes, one is for the SoftLite Elements (the vinyl option) and the other is the Pella Impervia (the fiberglass option). The windows are the same in that they are both argon filled, double hung and double paned and pricing wise there isn't much of a difference at all. I believe the fiberglass windows will require some maintenance, where the vinyl don't. Any advice is appreciated.

Bill - Homeowner 2010

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I would recommend you go with the Soft-Lite option, if these are the only windows that appeal to you from the quotes you received. I cannot recommend the Pella Impervia windows, I have not had good experiences with them as windows and with the company as a whole. SoftLite tick all the boxes. Have a look at the Imperial LS range from SoftLite, they are similar to the Elements, but quality wise, they are much better.

Harry - Contractor - 2010

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Pella Impervia vs Sunrise Windows

When I purchased my home I had a mixture of Pella Impervia and Sunrise Restoration windows. I preferred the Sunrise, but when I looked for replacement windows only Pella could match the color scheme I wanted, so I went with them.

I did do my research before coming to a decision and found the Sunrise Restoration windows to have a fiberglass reinforcement which reduced sagging, I was concerned about some of their other ranges that didn't have this reinforcement in place. Marvin was obviously a great window, but the local dealer couldn't supply them. Eventually I chose the Pella Impervia and must say overall I am very happy. They are quality windows and affordable and have blended into my home beautifully.

David - Homeowner - from 2010

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Pella ProLine Windows Reviews

The Pella Proline window is the company's low end wood window and is now called the Pella 450 Series. The ProLine uses an aluminum cladding and is not bad for a builder grade wood window, with quite a few frame colors and options to help customize the window to your home.

However, there are better wood windows out there, including the two options below. These high end wood windows are where Pella really shines.

Tim - Site Editor

H Windows To Replace Pella ProLine

We live in Oakton, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. We have a large family room (about 600-700 sq.ft) that has north-facing windows. During the winter, we get as much as a 6-7 degree temperature gradient in the room (coldest near the windows). The room has Pella Prolines that were installed in 2001 and those windows comprise about 160 sq ft of total area (two single double-hung on the sides of the room facing east or west, four double-hung units that are mulled into two openings of 6’ wide x 5’ tall (see photo facing north, and a 5’x5’ picture window facing north). We are thinking that we should upgrade these windows but would like to know if you think it will make a noticeable improvement in the thermal gradient issue.

If yes, we are leaning to Marvin Infinity because we like the wood look of the current windows. We are shying away from vinyl because of the size of these openings and because we like the wood interior of the current windows.

The other manufacturer we are thinking about is H Windows because they offer a large awning style that we could put in the 6’x5’ openings. Do you have any opinion/experience with H Windows?

Thanks for your assistance.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rick, I don't know much about H Windows. They appear to have a good product with some of their windows having a 70 design pressure and a .06 air infiltration, both quite impressive numbers, especially for a wood clad window. The big issue is going to be the price.

If you want to cut down on price and still get a good looking vinyl window with an interior laminate, you should get a bid on the Okna 800 series. I know there is a dealer who services the Washington DC and Virginia areas. Just google "okna windows in washington d.c." and they should come up. Same deal if you want to see Sunrise or Soft-Lite windows, both of which also offer vinyl laminates. Some people have an issue with them, but I think these top manufacturers make some pretty impressive looking windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Proline Issues

I have 19 windows to replace that were installed in 2004 by the builder, made by Pella. (Proline) Everyone in my condominium development has rotted windows like I’ve never seen before. I may get a settlement actually. But I must replace them very soon.

I have 10 Casements, 5 picture windows that don’t open, 3 other windows that are non-opening over my door and over 2 casements, a circle top and patio door . I have a quote from a local contractor for Sunrise Radiant for 16k. Another quote from Champion for 23k that I could get down to 17k.(he started at 43k!)

And another from a contractor for Alside Mezzo for $12,500. I don’t want wood again, so I’m getting vinyl. What would be your suggestion from these quotes or from another window company. I like the contractor with the Mezzo windows, he may offer other choices.

Thank you. Shelley from Toledo.

Shelley - Homeowner - from 2018

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Shelley, I would do the Sunrise Radiant for the $16K. Forget the Champion if they started out that high, that sounds a bit suspect.

The Alside Mezzo is not a bad window, but it’s not in the same ballpark as the Sunrise. Based on your past experience, I would go with the Sunrise – they make a great vinyl window.

I would go back to the Sunrise dealer and see if he will match the Mezzo bid. Here is an article that details how to negotiate a bid. Assuming they come down a bit, this is the option I would go with.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 400 Vs. Marvin Ultimate & Zen Classic

Hey guys - we are shopping for 16-18 double hung windows to replace our late 90s wood windows. About 10 are oversized (31.5 x 72) and the rest are 31x 62. We have gotten quotes from Zen (Softlite Classic or Pro), Pella (I think 400) Marvin Ultimate, RbA, Sierra Pacific, and Window World (Aldine?) and are awaiting a quote on Softlite Imperial LS and Elements.

Our Brentwood, TN colonial home is in a neighborhood where some neighbors have replaced old wood with vinyl, some with wood. We think we want muntins at least on the front, and we want to stay in the home for at least 20 years. Trying to decide the best way to go - quotes have ranged from $9k for Sierra Pacific vinyl to $50k from RbA (reduced to $27500 during the closing pitch). Aluminum clad wood quotes were around $18-20k. What is the smartest move from a durability/resale perspective?

Thanks - hope that is enough info to help define the question. Brentwood has 8 months of hotter weather and about 2-3 months of usually pretty mild winters.

Appreciate the help!

Neil - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Neil, if you are looking to maximize your investment and get a durable window, then the Softlite Imperial LS and Elements is the best vinyl window out there. I would rate these windows over the Marvin Ultimate, but the Ultimate is an excellent fiberglass window (my notion is that the Ultimate is going to run 30% more than the Elements).

The Softlite Classic or Pro is going to be my next pick – quite a good mid range vinyl window. Below this is going to be the rest, which I’m not going to endorse given the options you currently have.

Wood clad windows are going to be less energy efficient and will not last as long. Check the Softlite Imperial LS and Elements in an interior laminate. They look similar to wood, but without the issues.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Neil's Reply]

Thanks, Tim. Any thoughts on what a reasonable price per window should be in those lines? Also, I can't find anything online that actually lets me see the frames of these windows (Elements, Imperial) compared side by side with the Classic and Pro. Is there a resource I am missing? I have seen all the Zen videos comparing Classic and Pro, and I've seen the individual videos for Elements and Imperial, but nothing crossing that line.

Neil - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Classic and Pro might range from $450 to $650 and the Elements Imperial might range from $550 to $750. I think that’s a fair range for project that don’t involve complex installation.

This page has good info and links to each of their windows and how they compare. Otherwise, the best person to ask is the Soft-Lite rep who comes out and gives you the bid!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 450 vs Andersen 100 Composite

Hi Tim, I am getting quotes for replacement windows with Pella and Anderson so far.

The Pella rep recommended the 450 series (proline) wood clad. Supposedly they are treated after cutting to seal and protect the wood before cladding. The warranty is "lifetime on wood and glass", So they say.

The Windows will be brought back to the first stud and a silver foil, insulated with a foam spray. This way I won't loose any glass view. Also all replaced interior molding comes factory painted so no work for us.

The Anderson rep recommended the fiberx window it is a wood and Polly composite. Ground wood and plastic molded together. He said this would be better for our application. Also the highest heat transfer protection glass and the clear screens standard on windows that need screens. All interior moldings are replaced but we need to paint them.

On our family room windows we will loose about 1 1/4 inch of glass on each side of the window with Anderson. Not sure I like that. The back of our home faces south west we get tons of sun all day and the rooms gets hot in the summer. No shade and the winters are cold! We live in Michigan about 25 miles out side of Detroit.

Pella quote: 2 upper Windows fix frame circle head half circle ($5,793.25 x 2= $11586.50). 2 lower Windows direct set fix frame ($2,336.44 x 2= $4672.88) Totals for all 4 is $16,295.38.

Adding one more set of 3 Windows, two casement and one lg fixed = half the master bed adds a little less than 6,0000.00. (Four more left to do in this room) on the same wall. Glass: advanced low-E (Pella thought this was over kill and the step down is the recommend for our area. The step down lets in some heat for winter (Anderson recommended and is also using this glass)

Anderson quote: More complicated no individual window break down multi window discounts etc. 17 Windows including family room. $36,394.00 plus I could get another 8% off arm twister. Brings it to 33,482.48

This is the whole back and side of house. ( this gives us the biggest discounts by doing more). The main windows I'm concerned about is the family room though all of them are not great as far as energy efficiency. We think we may have/ want to do more over time. (We could afford more with Anderson they are less expensive)

Option 3: do family room with Pella and others with Anderson ( wont match ) may loose some discounts with Anderson so we end up paying more for less. My head is spinning trying to figure this out. Is one company product better for our application. According to Anderson the wood clad is bad for our situation because of expansion and contraction. Pella said they don't have that problem because of their sealing process and build. I don't want to be back here every 10 years.

Thank you for your input. Ps need to decide by Monday or loose low interest financing that ends.

Dorina - Homeowner - from 2018

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Dorina, first off, slow this whole thing down. Any company that tells you they are giving you three days for big discounts when you are spending $33K is immediately suspect. If they are offering you something on Monday and won't give you that price on Tuesday, walk away. You should be the one driving this process by collecting a number of bids and using the bids to hopefully drive down the final quoted cost.

The Pella 450 is a nice wood window, but $2000 a window is pretty darn steep. Pella makes a nice wood window, but I've never heard any contractors say they are head and shoulders above Andersen wood windows. The Andersen 400 Wood Wright is an excellent window, but wood windows (treated or not) aren't going to last as long or give you the same energy efficiency as a vinyl or fiberglass window.

It sounds like you are considering the Andersen 100 composite window. So comparing the Pella 450 and the Andersen 100 is tough; they are very different windows.

I think you should get a bid or two on a top vinyl window with an interior wood laminate. It gives you the look of wood without the high cost and the energy efficiency will blow both the Andersen 100 and certainly the Pella 450 wood window out of the water.

I would suggest looking for a local dealer that sells Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, or even a Zen dealer (which sells Soft-Lite windows).

I wouldn't pull the trigger myself until I had a few more bids and could see a range of prices. You make a good point about not wanting to be here in 10 years -- that comes from seeing a variety of options and by making good rational decisions.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Proline 450 Double Hungs

Thanks for the work you do on the site. This has been extremely helpful during my process and I will be sure to recommend the site to my friends.

Could you sanity check this cost? As I do more research, I think it seems high.

7 Pella Proline 450 Series – Double Hung

Comes with an SDL grille. Glass is Insulated Low-E Insulating

Total cost with installation: $8,500.

There are some complicated issues with the installation (removing some old air conditioners etc.) but ~$1200 per window seems high for the Proline series.

Patrick - Homeowner - from 2018

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Patrick, the Pella Proline 450 Series is the company's entry level wood window and not a product that I would recommend. Before consumers decide on wood, I always feel obligated to mention the drawbacks -- expensive, doesn't last as long, lower energy efficiency, and requires periodic staining and maintenance. The plus of course is that it's beautiful to look at.

Pella is an expensive brand and I feel as though only their Designer and Architect series are good products. They are also very pricey.

I'd rather you go with the Andersen 400 series if you are set on wood clad, which I would think might be in the $1200 per window range (I can't say for sure of course with the installation requirements though).

I agree that $1200 per window is high, but honestly when it comes to wood windows, it isn't crazy expensive.

I would certainly recommend getting a few more bids to see whether the Pella bid is way out of line. Nearly all window bids are free and you'll be surprised by how different the bids might come in at.

The other thing you might consider is to go with a high end vinyl window from a company like Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite or Polaris. These companies offer their premium lines in interior woodgrains that do a pretty darn good job of looking like wood -- there is healthy disagreement on this point but you should see one or two to see where you stand.

You might be able to get a high end woodgrain vinyl window for $750 to $900 per window (assuming complex installation) and you'd get a better warranty, much better performance, and a maintenance free window.

Something to think about :)

All The Best.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella 450 Series Review

Hello Dane, I live in Omaha, Nebraska and am beginning the search for 10 replacement windows, which will be both casement and awning. I've been considering Renewal by Andersen, Pella and Marvins. Pella has told me they have fixed their wood cladding problem (wood cladded with aluminum) and now are offering a limited lifetime warranty on these (I'll need to read the fine print). I am also considering the Marvin wood cladded with aluminum as well as their Infinity fiberglass. I will be having estimates coming in this next week for pricing for Pella and Marvins. I think there is one shop here that carries the Jeld Wen's as well. I'm holding off on the RBA for the time being based on feedback that their prices are higher and not necessarily warranted.

Do you have any recommendations on these windows or any other windows that I should consider? There seems to be a lot of complaints in general for Pella and Marvin wood cladded windows, which cause me some concern. Also, do you know what the difference is between the Pella 450 series and their architecture series? Do you know what kind of wood these companies use behind the aluminum cladding and it the wood is treated at all? The climate in eastern Nebraska is somewhat humid in the summer, very windy and cold in the winter and a decent amount of rain in the spring and summer so I really need window that handle these types of conditions.

Any information and/or recommendation you can provide would be very much appreciated.

Gary - Homeowner - from 2017

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Gary, I would personally stay away from the wood clad windows if performance and cost are important to you. Wood interior is pretty but it breaks down over time, especially in challenging climates. It is the reason that the warranty is 10, 15, or 20 years instead of a lifetime warranty on most vinyl windows.

Marvin does make a good fiberglass window in the Infinity, but it can be quite pricey and so you will have to get the bid from your dealer and see what they say. Make sure you tell them that you are in the process of collecting bids and want to get his most competitive bid at the outset.

Jeld Wen makes an interesting wood clad window that actually comes with a lifetime warranty and I've been reluctantly giving it a thumbs up, but I haven't seen how it holds up over time to say that unequivocally. Jeld Wen also isn't my favorite manufacturer so there's a couple of caveats to complicate matters. They do make an excellent door.

My understanding is that the 450 series is the new name for the ProLine series, with a couple of little changes. I don't believe Pella treats their wood windows, but that's a question you could ask the dealer.

I would take a look at our list at our recommended vinyl window manufacturers and see which ones are available in Omaha. Maybe Sunrise, Okna, Polaris, or Zen have dealers there -- get a bid from as many of these or others on the list to see what a high quality vinyl window will run you.

If the look of wood is important to you, many of these brands offer interior laminates that do a good job of mimicking the look, without the hassle or cost. Some buyers have a problem with the look, others are fine with it. But definitely take a look to know where you stand.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella ProLine Windows Bid

Hi Tim, I recently received an estimate for full frame replacement for 4 double hung ProLine windows and 2 ProLine awning vent windows for basically $10k in Philadelphia (direct from Pella sales). Wanted to get gut check as to whether or not that is a reasonable estimate. Thanks.

KC- Homeowner - from 2017

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KC, the Pella Proline window is their entry level wood window, also sometimes called their 450 Series, depending on where you purchase from. Based on the numbers you are talking, i would surmise you are paying roughly $1000 per window, not counting installation, which is too much in my opinion for a non top-of-the-line wood clad window. Before you go spending $10K on 6 windows, you really need to get a few more bids.

For instance, while I'm not a big fan of Jeld Wen vinyl windows, they actually make a wood clad window in which the wood comes with a lifetime warranty (compare this to the Pella which probably comes with a 15 or 20 year warranty). Jeld Wen uses an aura last wood treatment that allows them to offer the lifetime warranty and the windows are usually like $300 to $500 in the big box stores, depending on all the bells and whistles. At $500 a pop for installation (the very top of what you should be spending for new construction), you'd be looking at $6K at most - and you get a lifetime warranty. There is an argument to be made that Jeld Wen is not Pella and I would agree with the overall statement, except that you are buying Pellas low end wood window.

Other wood windows to consider include the Marvin Integrity (with the real wood interiro), the Andersen 400 series, and the Marvin Ultimate wood clad window.

I would be remiss if I didn't suggest that you look at a top-tier vinyl window with a wood veneer. Sunrise and Okna both make excellent looking windows that come in interior veneers -- these top tier vinyl windows blow the doors off any wood window in terms of performance, require no maintenance, and won't break down over time the way that an organic material such as wood will. They should run in the $600 to $900 per window installed for new construction. If nothing else, you should take a look to rule out.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella Wood Clad Windows

I have a Pella clad fixed window 72 X 96 architecture series with muntin patterns of 3W X 4H. The clad outside at the corners where it is put together has pulled apart and caused moisture to come in and the wood has decayed inside at the bottom. Of course Pella says it is due to my sprinklers but it does rain. I live in south Louisiana with high humidity and rain along with high temperatures. The window is original to the home that was built in 1999. I have Pella windows throughout my home. I am looking at not replacing it with another Pella. I am researching Marvin, Kolbe, Windsor and Jen Weld windows. What are the positives and negatives of each? Who has the best warranty? Thank you for your advise.

Melanie - Homeowner - from 2016

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Hi Melanie, sorry to hear about your window issues. I'm curious if you've ever considered a high end vinyl window with an interior wood grain finish. The problem I see with real wood windows is that you are going to have the same issue of contraction and expansion 10 years down the road if you put in another wood window. The newer wood grain finishes on the vinyl windows are pretty impressive. I know there is a Sunrise rep out of New Orleans that you could call and get a bid from. The Sunrise Restorations is one of the best vinyl windows on the market and has some very nice interior wood grain options.

The other option I've been recommending a bit more these days is the Jeld Wen wood windows with Auralast. The Auralast is a wood preservative that goes on the exposed wood (the exterior of the window is a fiberglass) and carries a lifetime warranty. The window looks really good and according to reps it stands up to the elements.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella ProLine vs Sunrise Windows

I have a bid on Pella Pro Line wood windows. They are very nice looking windows, but I'm worried about rotting, which I've read in numerous forums happens to wood. There is no sealant in the corners and I'm worried that moisture would get in. One of my neighbors just got a bid for Sunrise windows - not sure which models, but I was wondering whether they are good or not?

Brian - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

I've installed Pella windows going on nearly 30 year and have all the training certification etc. I love wood clad windows, but they have some downsides to be sure - rotting and mediocre rating at the top of the list. Honestly, the Sunrise vinyl window will be a better option in both of these regards (perhaps not their entry level window, but the standard frame and all other upgraded models.) As far as wood windows go, I think the big manufacturers need to stand behind their products and warranty their frames and sashes on the wood windows for 20 years. Then you would provide some confidence to the consumer.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2014

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I think the Sunrise is probably your best bet, but I agree with you on how nice the ProLine series looks. You will always have a better warranty on inorganic substrates such as fiberglass and vinyl as opposed to wood. Sunrise makes a good window - not their low end window, but everything else.

Holland - Contractor - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

I always tell my customers that they should compare vinyl and wood clad for instance because the materials are so different. First decide what frame is right for you and then get a few bids from companies that sell that type of window so you can compare apples to apples. Having said that, I agree the a good vinyl window from Sunrise is a better value than any wood window because there is always the worry about rot. I have sold Pella windows before and was impressed with certain things from the company, and not so keen on others - thus no longer selling them.

Dennis - Contractor - from 2014

Pella vs Kolbe Windows

If you're looking at Pellas and Kolbes, the Pella is probably a little cheaper, but not by much. I think the Kolbes are better by a big enough margin to be worth the higher cost. I had 20 double hung wood windows put in about 15 years ago and they are still like new.

Guy - Homeowner in New Jersey - from 2011

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Kolbes are definitely better. Pella is better known, but people in the trades know Kolbe. Better post-sale service, better build quality, just a better choice all around.

Tim - Contractor - from 2011

[2nd Response]

I honestly am not impressed by either of these. Kolbe to me is just an unimpressive mediocre window. Pellas, though, are garbage. Even their top-line Architectural series are lousy. The showroom models look nice, but when you get your windows all the details are off. Hardware is on crooked, miter joints are bad. The Pellas I put on my house are decent, but only because I put a ton of work into fixing them after they came. As delivered, they weren't something that could be put on a house.

Mark - Contractor - from 2011

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Pella Designer Windows Reviews

The Pella Designer window is an upgraded 450 Series (called the Pella 750 Series) that receives good reviews from many of the contractors and installers who often use this model. The Designer model offers some nice custom options that aren't available on the Proline model and is going to be 10% to 20% more expensive than a comparable Proline window. The real question for consumers is whether they can afford the Designer (or Architect). They are both very attractive windows that use premium wood species and good design in the frame.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella Designer Windows

We're replacing 23 windows here in Colorado. We have 1 large picture window, several sliding glass doors, a few double hangs and the rest are horizontal sliders. Also well, we're replacing the front door and front sidelight. We have two bids so far, one from Pella and one from Window World. They couldn't be more different. We'd like to get two more bids and were thinking of either the Milgard Tuscany or the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait window.

Pella Designer Model: $64,000

Window World 4000 Model: $25,000

Lissa - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lissa, the Pella Designer is a beautiful wood clad window that is not inexpensive by any means. Window World makes a low quality vinyl window that I wouldn't recommend to maximize long term value.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Designer Window Bid

Hi Tim, I had a sales rep from Pella out for an estimate today. I am replacing a front picture window with 1 window on each side along with 1 regular window in my living room. We decided to go with 3 double hung windows to replace the existing front picture window and 2 sides. The additional side window is replaced with 1 double hung. We chose the designer series. With the cellular shades that go bottom up and top down along with snap in grilles top and bottom inside all 4 windows. All news window frames and cills. Quoted $10,000.

Thoughts on this?


Kathie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kathie, that sure sounds high to me. The Designer series is an expensive window and a beautiful one as well. I always try and point out the downsides to wood windows, just in case you don't know—higher cost, lesser warranty, lower performance, and more maintenance. On the plus side, they are stunning to look at.

I think you should get some bids from good vinyl window manufacturers near you just so you know the cost if you went this route. Many top vinyl manufacturers carry interior wood laminates that do a good job of mimicking the look of wood. If you google "your city and state sunrise windows" for instance, you should quickly find if any local companies carry Sunrise windows. Other brands I would recommend include Okna, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Harvey, Vytex, Milgard, and Anlin (the first four are east coast and the last two are west coast).

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Designer Series Reviews

We're upgrading our town home with new windows and patio doors. I'm looking at the Pella Designer Series. I want something that will last at least 10 years or so, I don't want low-grade windows, but I also don't want to throw away my money.

Don - Homeowner in Alabama - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Pella Designer is nice looking, but stay away from their lower end stuff. Also, they have pretty bad customer service if you do run into a problem.

Holland - Contractor - from 2011

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Pella Architect Windows Reviews

The Pella Architect window is considered a top rated wood window, with tons of custom options and features to choose from to make a complete custom window. The Pella Architect model is expensive, but does get good reviews from both homeowners and contractors alike.

Tim - Site Editor

Pella Architect vs Marvin Ultimate Series

We are building a house and are wanting to install black exterior frames, wood interior. Our builder has suggested Pella architect series. A friend suggested we price Marvin’s line. Their salesman suggested that the Pella architect series black frame had a problem with fading.

Have you heard of problems with fading with the black exterior frames and how do rate the Pella windows vs Marvin?

Which Marvin line should we look at? We do want a wood interior. The Pella has an aluminum exterior.

Thank you,

Jennifer- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jennifer, all frames will fade over time, that's just how the sun works. I've never heard that Pella fades more or less than any other company. Marvin carries two real wood interior options, the integrity with the wood interior or the Marvin Ultimate wood series. I would get a quote on both of them if I were you. The Pella Architect series is very nice, but it isn't cheap. I also like the Andersen 400 series. Jeld Wen makes a wood window that comes with a lifetime warranty (compared to most wood windows that come with a 20 year warranty) and I believe they offer quite a number of exterior frame colors.

One option I have to mention is going with a high end vinyl with an interior wood laminate. Although it's not for everyone, the faux wood grain is pretty impressive these days, especially from the top end manufacturers like Okna, Soft-Lite, and Sunrise. It should be pretty straight forward to get a quote from a local dealer and hopefully they can bring samples of the wood laminates so you can see for yourself. These are going to be much more energy efficient and cheaper as well. If you upgrade to the metal hardware, these windows are very nice looking.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella Architect Series Window Review

I was about to order Jeld-Wen windows but decided to take the quote with me to a Pella showroom. I was surprised by how much nicer the Pellas are as far as looks and quality - plus they are less expensive than the Jeld-Wens. I ended up buying the Pella Architect window and feel they are really well made. The Jeld-Wens we looked at are rolled aluminum and they can dent. The Pellas have extruded aluminum clad wood so they won't dent and water can't get in.

Danny - Homeowner - from 2011

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Pella Patio Door Reviews

Patio Doors - Anderson vs. Pella

We’re having two two-door sliding doors replaced and are trying to get quotes from Anderson and Pella (should we try Marvin?)for wood, double pane with sealed muntons and would like to know of your opinion regarding the two (3) companies.

Mitch - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mitch, these three companies are all pretty well regarded when it comes to sliding patio doors. For me, I would probably rank them as follows: Marvin, Andersen and then Pella. If you are going with an all vinyl patio door, I would go Okna, Soft-Lite, or Sunrise.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Pella Patio Door Specs

Good evening Dane and Tim, I am in the market for some new double hung vinyl windows and a vinyl sliding patio door and have a few quotes and specs that I would like to run past you.

Pella 350 triple pane sliding patio door
Air Infiltration: advertised as 50% better than industry standard, does this mean .15?
U-value: .18
SHGC: .23
$2600 installed

Michael - Homeowner - from 2017

Pella Patio Door Complaint

I had Pella patio doors installed in my home when it was built 9 years ago, and I have regretted it ever since. The patio door gets so much moisture on it, the varnish is pealing off. I have replaced two of the windows due to the outside pane breaking and I currently need to replace another one but I decided to wait for another one to break so I could at least save on the delivery cost. All of the windows gather moisture at the frames so I assume it is only a matter of time until the windows begin to rot. A very unsatisfied customer.

Ronda - Homeowner - from 2014

Pella Sliding Doors

Pella makes a wood clad sliding door that looks great at first, but then after a few years the cladding tends to separate from the glass. I'm not sure I can recommend them. When you're choosing a window, you have to look at three numbers; air infiltration, U-value and SHGC. Ask for the numbers from the window companies and do your own comparison. (A good contractor or window guy should be able to help you out with the comparison.) You'll find plenty of options better than Pella that last longer, look just as good, and don't cost nearly as much.

Anthony - Contractor - from 2012

Pella Windows Complaints

If you are looking at Pella's top end windows, you might do okay, but their vinyl windows and cheaper woods are not. They use a lot of rolled aluminum, too, which I hate. They have lousy customer service, in my opinion, the only way they make any money is because they never honor warranties. They didn't earn their reputation, they bought it with advertising budgets.

Anthony - Installer - from 2012

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General Pella Windows Reviews

Pella From Lowes vs. Atrium 4800 Plus

I've been researching double hung replacement windows for months and can't commit. When I think I know which windows to buy, I read reviews and consumer complaints and I'm back to square one again. I've focused on Atrium 4800 plus, United windows and Pella from Lowe's and none are acceptable. I live in Lexington, SC outside of Columbia. We have moisture and mold issues in my area. I would really appreciate any suggestions or help. Thank you.

Joyce - Homeowner - from 2017

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Joyce, none of the windows you mentioned are considered quality vinyl windows. In fact, I would put them nearer the bottom in terms of quality and craftsmanship.

I quickly did a search for "replacement windows columbia sc" and came up with Champion, which makes a good vinyl window (can be pricey for the quality at times). This article may help get the lowest cost.. Zen windows also operates in that area and you could get a bid from them. They typically carry some good vinyl windows.

Other window brands to search for include Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, Kensington and Soft-Lite.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Pella Hurricane Windows

What are your thoughts on PGT hurricane rated windows vs Pella? Thanks.

Glenn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Glenn, generally Pella is considered a top brand in terms of wood windows, but a lower end (quality) brand in terms of vinyl. PGT is a Florida based company that specializes in impact or hurricane windows and they enjoy a solid reputation for manufacturing these types of windows. I suppose that is a long way of saying the PGT is the much better option in terms of hurricane windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Pella Double Casement Windows

Two of my pella double casement windows with wood inside/vinyl outside are rotted at the bottom of the glass. Can I purchase replacements for just the portion of the window that moves/opens circled in red below and not the entire frame?

Outside of the house is vinyl sided with aluminum wrap around a series of four sets of side by side double casement window units, meaning that I would need quite a bit of exterior aluminum wrap replaced if I had to change out the entire window and frame.

Is there a different suggested fix? A way to repair the rotted bottom section of the glass casing? Thanks

Diane - Homeowner - from 2015

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Diane, once the wood is rooted, unfortunately there is very little you can do. You can call your local Pella rep or take pictures and send it to them, but I would imagine that there is no way to repair a portion of the frame. When replacing the windows, you would need to remove all of the exterior aluminum wrapping, which would certainly add to the cost of the repair.

One suggestion is to find a few local window companies to give you free project bids to replace the windows - even if you aren't ready to actually do the project. One, you are getting free professional advise. Two, you are getting several opinions that should, after the 3rd one, give you a pretty clear idea of what options are open to you.

It's possible that you could just replace the two windows that have issues with and the look of the new windows will be close enough to pass muster. I wish I had some better news or advise, but without seeing it in person, this is what I would do.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Pella vs Ply Gem Windows

I have 2 quotes for 6 sliders, one for Plygem Lifestyles with a local installer, and the other is Pella's 20 Series installed by Lowes. The price is about the same, so that doesn't matter, it's all about quality.

Jack - Homeowner - from 2012

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The Plygem is much much better. Ask for the stainless steel spacer, it makes a big difference. The PlyGem has a slightly flimsy sill (it's a second tier window) but as long as you aren't paying a premium price it isn't bad. The Pella just isn't worth it. I would suggest taking a look at Okna, Hi Mark, and Sunrise if you have time, but the Plygem is not bad.

Kendall - Contractor - from 2012

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Pella vs Andersen Windows

I love Pellas, I'd definitely recommend them. They are highly rated with JD Powers and Associates and have been recognized by the Dept of Energy for having very efficient windows and other green practices. Andersens are decent, but nothing special, and they have so many lines that it can get confusing. Marvin is good, too, pretty close to Pella.

Steve - Builder - from 2008

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