Photo Courtesy of Pella CorporationIf you are looking to modernize your home, one of the quickest and easiest ways to get started is by simply replacing the sliding glass doors. Pella Corporation has recently introduced a new line of vinyl sliders (the 350 series) that are not only affordable but also durable.
At a time when the economy has taken a downward spiral, many homeowners are looking to stay in their existing houses instead of opting to move. As a result, more and more home improvement projects are on the rise today. With the cold weather already upon us and heating bills at their maximum, now just may be the best time of year to consider the installation.
We recently installed Pella’s 350 Series vinyl sliding doors as a transition from the living room to the outdoor deck. The old wooden sliders were scratched (thanks to our English bulldog), heavy and difficult to open. Our two new vinyl full frame doors are extremely easy to open and include an interior trim painted white with exterior trim in PVC. We chose to have grilles included between the glass to enhance the appearance of the doors and also match and complement the existing nearby windows. Since installation, we have noticed a significant reduction in heating costs, as the energy efficient doors are designed to eliminate heat loss — a major problem with our old doors.
When considering fiberglass or vinyl sliding glass doors, it is important to consider all costs involved in the replacement. Pella Design Consultant Don Ferrara visited our house to determine the project scope before providing an initial estimate. He thoroughly answered all of our questions throughout the decision making process and described in detail what would be included in the replacement. His proposal included the complete installation, removal of all debris, vacuuming, sales tax and Pella’s 20/10/2 year transferrable warranty (20 years on the glass against seal failure, 10 years on all non-glass related items, and 2 years on the installation). The only cost that was not included in his quote was the building permit fee.
Once we decided to proceed with the order, Pella sent Project Manager Brian King to our home to verify the order and schedule the date for the installation. We decided to go with the white 350 door series because they are the most energy-efficient product line offered by Pella and can help save up to 35 percent on energy costs.
The Pella 350 Series products also include Smooth Seam welded corners on the window and door frames that are virtually invisible, giving your home a more distinctive look than typical vinyl products where the corner weld is visible. The doors, which also have an appearance of wood patio doors, come in three different frame colors, including a dual color option – white, almond and white interior/brown exterior. We chose the all-white door with white hardware finishes for a clean appearance, but other hardware options included almond, bright brass, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.
The durable doors are also additional metal reinforcement for stronger doors. The energy saving system was designed with up to 18 insulating chambers, three times more than typical vinyl, to help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. For more information on Pella, call (888) 847-3552 or visit Pella.com.
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