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Whether you’re shopping for new energy-efficient replacement windows for your home or want a beautiful sliding door to show off your new deck, this guide will help you narrow down the best windows or doors based on your needs, style and budget.

Step 1: Why are you shopping?

You're replacing your old windows or doors. Conquer those old or drafty windows and doors with new energy-efficient replacement windows and patio doors from Pella. We make it easy to choose with stylish wood or vinyl choices.

  • Like the look of your original windows or doors? Replacing them with the same size and style of your current window or door is typically your most affordable option, and you’ll stay true to your home’s architectural style. Look at our window and door styles to determine which one you need. Be sure to measure your old window and door openings, and bring the size you need.
  • Have a busy schedule? Choose low-maintenance Pella windows and doors, like our Architect Series® 850 wood windows with aluminum-clad exterior frames that don’t need painting and are available in a variety of colors or our budget-friendly ThermaStar® by Pella vinyl windows with maintenance-free frames.
  • Have children or pets? Consider our energy-efficient Designer Series® 750 windows and doors or Pella 350 Series sliding doors with blinds or shades tucked between the glass to protect them from dust, damage and little hands. The cordless blind or shade operation is safer for children and pets.
  • Where do you live? If you live in a cold-weather climate, high-temperature climate or coastal area, your window or door choice can make a big difference for your energy efficiency and energy costs. Our Designer Series 750 wood windows with triple-pane glass are up to 74% more energy-efficient. Architect Series 850 windows and patio doors and Pella 350 Series vinyl patio doors are available with HurricaneShield® impact-resistant glass that provides outstanding protection in hurricane-prone areas of the country.

You're remodeling. Whether you're remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom or adding living space to your home, you'll want to maximize your natural light, ventilation and safety. The right windows and doors can help you do that.

  • Looking for energy-efficient windows or doors? Whether you choose wood or vinyl, many Pella products offer outstanding energy efficiency, like the new Pella 350 Series vinyl windows and doors that are Pella’s most energy-efficient products. When you’re searching for energy savings, just look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Want more livable space? Bay or bow windows are affordable ways to create a focal point to any room. The area in front of the windows can be used as extra floor space for furniture.
  • Need more natural light? Select taller windows or add transom windows for additional light. This will help make your room feel larger.
  • Want to make a room unforgettable? Special shape windows are an easy way to add architectural interest to your room and highlight other features of your home. Flank a new fireplace with quarter-circle windows, or add a circlehead transom window over a wood French patio door, like our Architect Series 850 French doors.

You're building a new home. When you're choosing windows and patio doors for your new home, consider a few things, like their size, shape, color, grilles, hardware, etc., and maximizing your view, ventilation and natural light. When it all comes together, you'll have a home that looks and feels just the way you want it.

  • Prefer dark woodwork and traditional styles? Keeping your home’s décor in mind can help you choose the right windows and doors for your new home. If your style is craftsman or Victorian, or includes dark wood cabinets, floors and trim, then consider wood windows and doors stained in a complementary color, like our Designer Series 750 wood windows and doors, Architect Series 850 wood windows and doors or our Pella ProLine 450 wood windows and doors.
  • Like lighter woodwork and contemporary styles? Home styles — like cottage, beach house or contemporary that use light-wood cabinetry and floors or painted trim — look great with wood windows and doors painted white or with white vinyl windows, like our ThermaStar by Pella products or our Pella 350 Series vinyl windows and doors with premium features.
  • Want to make a statement? Choose special shape windows, like angled, curve-top or round windows to create architectural interest or create a dramatic multistory wall of windows.

Step 2: What style of window or door do you want?

Window Styles

  • Single-Hung The lower sash can be raised to let the breeze in.
  • Double-Hung For maximum ventilation — both upper and lower sashes open and tilt for easy cleaning.
  • Casement Hinge at the side and open out from the other side.
  • Awning Hinge at the top and open out from the bottom.
  • Sliding Sashes slide open horizontally, so you don’t have to reach up or bend down to open and close them.
  • Fixed — Fixed windows don't open; their job is to maximize your light and view.
  • Bay or Bow A combination of windows that extend outward will maximize your view.
  • Special Shape Special shape windows include angled, rectangular or curved shapes that don't vent. They're a great way to add architectural interest and natural light to your home with virtually endless design possibilities.
  • Specialty Specialty windows offer unique beauty and operational styles.
  • Combinations Factory-assembled window and patio door combinations allow you to create a look that’s all your own.

Patio Doors Styles

  • Hinged Doors (French doors) Beautiful wood-hinged patio doors (French doors) create an impressive focal point inside your home and out. They feature a single or double door that swings open from the side for easy access to the outdoors.
  • Sliding Doors Sliding patio doors (sliding glass doors) draw the eye outdoors and spotlight your yard, patio or deck. They don’t swing, so they require less floor space than a hinged door ― perfect when space is tight.

Step 3: Do you want wood or vinyl windows or doors?

The Pella Design Center at your local Lowe’s offers windows and doors made from beautiful, energy-efficient and low-maintenance wood and vinyl.

Benefits of Wood

  • Wood windows have an unparalleled design flexibility.
  • Strong and durable, they're also a 100% renewable resource so it's kind to the environment.
  • Low-maintenance EnduraClad® aluminum-clad exteriors don’t fade and never need painting.
  • Energy-efficient options meet or exceed ENERGY STAR guidelines in all 50 states.
  • Pella EnduraGuard® triple-wood protection offers advanced protection against moisture, stains and decay caused by mold and mildew, as well as termite damage.

Benefits of Vinyl

  • Maintenance-free vinyl frames never need painting and stay looking great for years; steel-reinforced sashes are extra durable.
  • Solid color throughout the vinyl keeps minor dings and scratches virtually invisible.
  • Energy-efficient options meet or exceed ENERGY STAR guidelines in all 50 states.

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