Pella is the second largest manufacturer
of windows, patio doors, entry doors and storm doors in the United
States. The company offers replacement windows in fiberglass, wood
and vinyl. The vinyl windows line is available at Lowe’s under
the “ThermaStar” brand. Other Pella vinyl windows brands
include “Centera” and “Encompass”.
Pella offers a full range of residential and commercial
products for new construction, remodeling and replacement projects.
They have replacement windows to fit various styles and budgets.
Pella has numerous American manufacturing locations, with facilities
in eight states.
Pella outlines a number of features in their windows
that increase their energy efficiency:
- Multiple panes of glass - Two or three panes
of glass means more layers of protection between the weather and
- Low-emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings. These
special coatings on the glass reflect heat energy. In the winter,
it reflects heat back into the room, keeping your home warmer.
Low-E coatings also block the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping
to prevent fade damage to your carpet, furniture and window treatments.
In the summer, Low-E glass reflects heat away from your home,
keeping it cooler.
- Argon. Pella inserts it between the panes
of glass to provide extra insulation.
Pella also claims their innovative methods provide
additional energy efficiency, such as combining glass and thermal
breaks in different ways to increase separation between inside and
outside the home. They also offer “snap-in between-the-glass”
shades and blinds.
Pella says its windows meet or exceed Energy
Star guidelines in every U.S. state. The company offers a proprietary
“InsulShield Energy PerformanceGlass Collection.” Pella
also states that some of its products “significantly”
exceed U.S. Energy Star guidelines. Finally, their products reportedly
feature some of the lowest U-Factors available.
Pella boasts of its cutting-edge facilities that test its products
under harsh conditions – sun, salt air, rain, humidity, wind,
rain and extreme temperatures. These labs also look for infiltration
by air/water as well as product structural strength. Factory assembly
is also something Pella prides itself on; claiming that this type
of assembly ensures a tight seal and “leaves little room for
error” during the installation process. Pella states that
is it constantly looking to improve upon their products and manufacturing
processes to ensure the highest-quality windows and doors.
Pella offers warranties on their windows, but
there are limitations. Regarding vinyl replacement windows, generally
speaking, the warranties for products installed in an owner-occupied
residence is not transferable, while products installed in a non-owner-occupied
home may be transferable.
According to Pella, in 1925, Pete and Lucille
Kuyper from the small Dutch community of Pella, Iowa, invested in
a new invention — a window screen that rolled up and down
like a shade. The couple went on to found a company “based
on the principles of traditional American values, integrity and
the desire to enrich the homes and lives of others.” Today,
Pella Corporation is still owned by the Kuyper family and professionally
managed. The company states that it has been awarded more than 100
product and design patents, including on the industry standard the
tilt-wash double-hung window. They have 12 manufacturing facilities
with 8,200 employees. Pella has more than 200 window and door showrooms
across the country.
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