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Universal Windows Direct vs Pella

Universal Windows Direct vs Pella

How do these two brands stack up against one another. Let's take a closer look and compare these two on company structure, what they sell, how they market, and what they cost.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Updated In November, 2023

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Universal Windows Direct vs Pella

Company Information

Universal Windows Direct is based out of Cleveland, Ohio and has locations in over 20 metropolitan areas across the Midwest, the eastern seaboard, and one or two locations in the south (Atlanta, Georgia for instance). Unlike other companies, UWD does not manufacture their own windows. Instead, they are a direct to consumer company that sells a Polaris series that they relabel. (Click for all of our Polaris Windows reviews.) The company has been expanding quite rapidly in the past decade, and they don’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. The future looks bright for the company so far as I can tell.

Pella windows&doors are one of the most well-known brands in the country. Certainly much more so than UWD. The company is based in Iowa and has been around him for nearly 100 years. Pella maintains a good reputation as a quality wood windows. Not so much I would say for their vinyl options.

What They Sell

UWD sells a single window that they call the Unishield Plus. In reality, The Unishield Plus is actually a relabeled Polaris ThermalWeld Plus series. This window is considered quite a good quality option. I might not put it in my top 20 windows, but it might come somewhere in my top 40 or 50. In general, I like UWD because they sell a good quality product, and because they sell only one series, which makes the decision of whether or not to go with UWD a rather easy one. I think that if the UWD branch in your area has a good reputation, and the price point is fair, then I think it makes a lot of sense to strongly consider the bid.

Pella sells a number of different series, including their popular Pella 250 vinyl windows. This is their most popular seller primarily because they sell it in every single Lowe’s store across the country. They also sell the Impervia fiberglass window, and three models of wood clad windows.

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How They Market

UWD is a direct to consumer company. This means that they reach out directly to consumers in their local regional markets using traditional marketing methods such as flyers, or television ads. In this way, they are similar to Renewal by Andersen or Apex Energy Solutions. This differs from most window companies who use dealer networks and reps to sell their products to their customers.

Pella markets their products in a number of different ways. As I said before, they sell the 250 series vinyl window in Lowe’s, which is one of the reasons why it is such a wide selling product. Their higher end windows they sell mostly through their extensive dealer network that spans across all 50 states. As well, they sell their higher end window series to large builders, and to contractors who have access to their products.

I like to say that Pella, like Anderson, has a scorched earth approach to selling - meaning they use every avenue available to them to sell their products to as many consumers and homeowners as possible.

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Cost Comparison

Universal Windows Direct prices range from 5 to 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 for all vinyl window prices. Their costs are very similar to what you would buy a Polaris ThermalWeld plus window for if you bought it from a normal dealer. In general, I like their pricing, and I feel like it’s pretty fair given the quality of what you’re buying.

Pella windows prices tend to be pretty pricey. It’s hard to set a general price for their stuff because they sell so many different products in so many different locations. The 250 series sold in Lowe’s is in that 5 to 7 range on a scale of 1 to 10 for vinyl windows. Their Impervia is a 7 to 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of fiberglass window costs. And finally, there wood cloud windows are a 7 to 10 on a 1 to 10 scale for all wood window costs.

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