What is your most popular product(s)? Why?
Choosing our most popular products is a feat, given that Pella designs and manufactures made-to-order and custom windows and doors. But homeowners and designers alike are loving our new limited-edition Vibrancy Collection of front doors. The collection includes six new entry door colors designed to reinvent front door personality and curb appeal. Colors include Vivacious Red, Lively Blue, Sparkling Teal, Spirited Orange, Animated Yellow, and Energetic Green.
Homeowners and builders also continue to request our Designer Series windows and patio doors with our between-the-glass blinds or shades. Whether you’re an allergy sufferer or have a pet who loves to play with blinds, our Designer Series can help manage both.
Do you offer any warranties? If so, please elaborate.
Our products are backed by some of the strongest warranties in the business. When working with one of our dedicated Pella showrooms, customers are offered our Pella Promise. We also offer product warranties that cover your windows and doors for their designated warranty period. Our installation warranty and service agreement cover issues related to installation (including labor) for up to 10 years.
Where are your products made?
We have twelve manufacturing locations throughout the United States to serve each area of the country.
Where can your products be purchased?
Homeowners, designers, and builders have a variety of options of where to purchase our windows and doors, including our dedicated showroom locations throughout the United States and Canada, Lowes stores, and select lumber yards.
In what ways is your company making strides to be more environmentally friendly?
For the fifth time, Pella has been named a Sustained Partner by the EPA, and we’ve been an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 9 years. We also are the only manufacturer in our EPA category that is an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and winner of the Challenge for Industry award. The effort and dedication of Pella’s internal sustainability team and team members at three manufacturing plants completed ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, aimed at reducing energy consumption by 10 percent. At Pella’s main facility, in 2014, more than 16,960 tons of sawdust was recycled—that’s the weight equivalent of almost 85 blue whales!
What are some tips that will help homeowners make the right decisions about windows?
One of the largest contributors to a home’s energy efficiency is its windows. Energy-efficient windows can lower your energy costs and increase your home’s comfort, while also reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your home’s value.
For example, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows can save approximately 1,106 to 6,072 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year from entering the atmosphere. According to ENERGY STAR, that’s the equivalent to saving 51 to 310 gallons of gasoline. Plus, the National Association of Realtors says that replacing old windows with new energy-efficient designs can return more than 78 percent of the project cost back to you upon resale.
What factors should you consider when shopping for energy-efficient, environmentally friendly windows?
The ENERGY STAR® logo — You’ve probably seen the blue ENERGY STAR logo on a variety of products including your washer or refrigerator. That logo designates products that meet strict energy-saving guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Windows and doors with an ENERGY STAR designation lower household energy use, which saves you money and helps protect the environment.
Low U-values — In addition to ENERGY STAR ratings, look for windows and doors with low U-values, which means they resist the transfer of heat—the lower the U-value, the better. Double-pane insulating glass windows, with a gas-filled space between the glass, can insulate more than two times better than single-pane windows based on a comparison of U-values.
Recycled materials — Evaluate the amount of recycled content used, either post-consumer or post-industrial. The roll-formed aluminum cladding (the metal exterior that protects the wood from the weather) on Pella’s wood windows and doors is made from more than 95 percent recycled aluminum material.
Product material — Wood windows utilize renewable resources. When shopping for wood, look for certified wood. There are several wood certification systems available, the most well-known being the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Most of the well-known certification systems are developed and used with the same key purpose in mind, to practice sustainable forestry.
Your location — Windows allow for natural daylighting, which reduces or eliminates the need for artificial lighting saving on your electrical use. Plus, your climate or area within the United States has specific requirements to qualify for ENERGY STAR certification.
This guest post was provided by Pella Windows and Doors.