Continuing its reputation for building and designing high-quality, energy-efficient windows and doors, two Pella window product lines were rated as a “Best Buy” for replacement windows in the September/October 2013 issue of Consumers Digest.

ThermaStar by Pella® 20 Series was named a “Best Buy” in the vinyl category, and the Pella Designer Series® Precision Fit® window earned a “Best Buy” honor in the aluminum-clad category.

“These honors reflect the outstanding work of the dedicated members who continue to create stylish, highly energy-efficient products,” said Elaine Sagers, vice president, marketing at Pella. “The Consumers Digest ‘Best Buy’ awards are an example of the Pella team’s longtime leadership in innovation, as our windows and doors help customers create better views in their homes and businesses.”

“Best Buy” recommendations are based on performance ratings, quality of construction and materials, ease of operation and warranty. According to the article, “Best Buy” selections were limited to vinyl and clad-wood units because they account for about 80 percent of the U.S. replacement-window market.

Vinyl windows feature energy-efficient glass

ThermaStar by Pella 20 Series windows – a repeat selection – were named a “Best Buy” because they are “the least expensive replacement window that we found” and “provides more efficient low-emissivity, or Low-E, glass and argon-gas fill as standard glazing features,” according to the Consumers Digest article. ThermaStar by Pella 20 Series windows offer:

◾U-factor of 0.30 (measurement of how much heat a window will retain)

◾Solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.28 (measurement of how much heat from the sun the window will block)

◾Almond or White color choices

◾Awning, bay, casement, radius, single-hung or single-slider styles

Clad-wood windows can help save energy

The Pella Designer Series Precision Fit window was named a “Best Buy” because it “delivers the best standard performance ratings of any aluminum-clad wood window,” according to Consumers Digest. It is “the only window that we found that includes a third pane of glass that’s hinged, which allows homeowners to install or swap out features, such as grilles or blinds.” Pella Designer Series Precision Fit windows offer:

◾U-factor of 0.26

◾SHGC of 0.25

◾27 exterior colors

◾Pine as the interior wood

◾20-year glazing warranty, 10-year warranty for cladding and other components

Pella Precision Fit windows are designed for replacement applications. Pella Designer Series products are available for use in new construction, remodeling or replacement applications.

The replacement window article is featured in the September/October 2013 edition of Consumers Digest, which hits newsstands Sept.1, 2013, and online by subscription at

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About Pella

Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.

As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its 88-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.

Pella manufactures quality windows, patio doors and entry door systems sold through a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door Showrooms across the United States and Canada and select building materials retailers, including Lowe’s®. For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit Follow Pella on @Pella_News, on Facebook at on and on YouTube at

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