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Old 05-10-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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I am considering both Pella 350 and proline 450 and the things that bother me is that profile does not come with half screen and 350 is vinyl and have a pocket sill design. I don't know much about pocket sill but sounds like a potential problem from reading some posts online. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Have you looked at Anderson windows? The Pella brand is prone to early failure in my experience---
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You are looking at their high end vinyl line vs the low end wood line. Really not apples to apples at all... What are your goals for the window ( ie: appearance, performance, maintenance, etc)?.... The first step IMO is to narrow your choices to a particular material, and then take a look at a few choices in that material.
I'd add that I agree with mike, neither of those choices are considered top performers of their respective materials.
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No way would I ever suggest anyone buy any Pella products. Way over priced and poorly made.
Here's a few thousand people that agree with me.
http://www.pissedconsumer.com/?optio...%20Windows&go=


If your going with vinyl I'd suggest using Wincor or Simonton.
I've been installing them for 15 years and never had a call back.
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I found a very good installer through our neighbors. He installed Pella windows for serveral neighbors about 15 years ago and they never had any problem. However, they used Pella Architecture line, but that's not my style since I like simple, contemporary design. Pella 350 vinyl has the best look to me, but everyone here is telling me that wood window will increase the value of the house more than vinyl. That's why I start to consider Pella 450 Proline whose style is simpler and more modern than the other wood windows. I know it is the low end wood windows of Pella, but isn't it refere to its design style but not its construction, correct? Or it't quality is alwo lower than the other two Pella lines (Designer and Architecture)?

As for Pella 350, someone said that it has a pocket sill design which is bad. Should I be concerned about that?

I heard that Pella had design flaws before but they have corrected that a while ago. Why there are still so many people don't like Pella?

Really appreciate any input from you.
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You should start your own thread.

However, having dealt with Pella, over the years -
Their customer service leaves something to be desired!

Any problems that may arise will be "installation" -
not the product!
(Of course not!!)

Look at "Anderson"!

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You should start your own thread.
Look up a little higher RF.
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Oops!
Me bad!
(So much for multi-tasking!)
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Regardless of the pocket sill (not preferable), the 350 is still a much better product than the 450.

+1 to the other advice that was given.
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How about Milgard? Oh, wait, that brand is not common in some parts of the US.

We have all Milgard...very happy with them....fiberglass exterior...vinyl inside...low E...etc, etc....15 windows cost me around $7k (not installed)...and some of those windows are pretty big...like the 4x5 double casement....
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Milgard did shut down their East of the Rockies manufacturing.

They do make a nice unit though. We use them for several years with success.
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Here is that big casement window....what is cool is that it makes it so easy to get on the roof......(sorry about the crappy pic)

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Looks good.

Casements are probably my favorite operator of the common US ones.
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Why do you think 350 is better than 450? In what aspects? Thanks much.
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Thermal, Strength, fit and finish.

Keep in mind that the 450 is a clad wood window and the 350 is an all vinyl window.

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