Pella Architect Windows Reviews

The Pella Architect wood clad window, also called the Pella 850 series, is another step up in Pella's wood window lines. The Architect uses an aluminum cladding on the exterior and a real wood interior that provides strength and durability, while maintaining the beauty and styling of the wood interior. The Architect is a small step up from the Pella Designer window; it includes all the basics of the Designer Series and adds some nice features and custom options, including better hardware materials, specialty window shapes, as well as more grid and divided light options.

The Architect includes a much better jamb liner than the company's base-wood window ProLine series, which will help create smoother movement in operable window styles such as the casement and double hung. The Architect is also consider a nicer looking window than both the ProLine and the Designer wood option.

The Pella Architect model is not inexpensive, so consumers should be sure that they are comfortable with both the cost and the requirements of wood windows prior to purchasing.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - Updated In 2023

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Pella Architect Series Cost

The Pella Architect model is not inexpensive, it will run towards the high end of the wood window pricing spectrum, comparable in cost to Loewen window prices and Eagle windows cost.

-- Window Itself: $65 to $75 per square foot --

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Pella Architect Window Rating

The Pella Architect window with the aluminum cladding and wood interior with a low-e glass and no grids will deliver a .33 U-factor, .46 SHGC, and a .52 VT - these are decent to good performance numbers for a wood window, although they cannot compete with a quality vinyl window.

An upgrade to a slightly better low-e glass package will improve these numbers to .29 U-factor, .28 SHGC, and .51 VT.

Pella Architect Window Warranty

Pella offers a Limited Warranty on their Architect wood windows and doors that includes a 10 year warranted period on all of the components (latches, locks, hardware, etc.). Manufacturing defects in the mainframe or sill will be repaired, replaced or refunded for the lifetime of the original owner. The company will also cover the cost of the installation for 2 years from the date of purchase. Non laminated glass is covered for a period of 20 years and laminated glass is covered for a period of 10 years.

Any product with EnduraClad Exterior Paint is warranted for 20 years from the original date of purchase. Their Vivid View screen is warranted for 5 years, the Exterior Surround carries a 25 year limited Warranty and their Interior Factory Finish has a 2 year warranty period.

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