Throughout my 25-plus years in the replacement window and door business in the Chicago area, I have worked with a lot of window manufacturers. We have always selected manufacturers that provide the service, style, and cost options suited for our clientele.
Replacement windows must fit your home décor, lifestyle preferences, and cost needs. Over several blog posts, I will tell you about the manufacturers we use and under what conditions we recommend one or another.
First up, Pella replacement windows.
Of all the window manufacturers, Pella is the most innovative. They are always coming out with new products that improve appearance, function, or energy savings.
The Pella snap-in, between-the-glass Slimshade®, for instance, is a patented design in which the shades are between the panes of glass. The shades block the sun without a separate unit in the home, and they’re available in a wide variety of colors. It’s an extremely clever design.
Pella window replacement also provides the most options for cost and finish. Although Pella can be the most costly windows we sell, they also have the most cost points in their product line.
I have Pella windows in my house. They look and really feel great. The hardware has a clean modern look. The double-hung windows feel solid and, to me, have the same reassuring sound as a door closing on a Mercedes-Benz.
Just as with a high-end car, some colors work for Pella, and others don’t. Pella windows have a wide variety of beautiful colors and finishes—with three prefinished shades of interior white, for instance. You can’t go wrong with any of them. However, dark vinyl exterior colors have had a tendency to fade over the years.
If we see a home with a south-facing wall in bright sunlight, with a dark color, we are more likely to specify Marvin windows over Pella. Look for our next manufacturers post, in which I’ll tell you more about what makes Marvin replacement windows unique.