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Casement windows swing outward with hinges on the side.

Commonly called crank windows, casement windows conveniently open with a crank that folds away when not in use. These windows are great for spots that are hard to reach, like over the kitchen sink.

Benefits: Innovative hardware, good for hard-to-reach spots, used in any style home.

Considerations: Opens outward and could interfere with flower boxes, screen is on the interior.


Double-hung windows have two sashes that can both slide up and down.

Double-hung windows are popular in entertaining spaces because they require no additional space to open. The bottom sash can slide up and the top sash can slide down, allowing for efficient ventilation. The two sashes can also tilt inward to make cleaning windows from inside the home easier.

Benefits: Easy to open, easy to clean, popular in tight spaces.

Considerations: The most traditional window style and look.


Single-hung windows have a top sash that stays stationary and a bottom sash that can slide up.

Single-hung windows have a top sash that stays stationary and a bottom sash that can slide up. Saving space and allowing for easy operation, these windows are commonly used in bedrooms. The style of a single-hung window is timeless and versatile.

Benefits: Easy to open, enhanced energy efficiency, common in bedrooms.

Considerations: Features a more contemporary look than other windows with sliding sashes.


Awning windows swing out from the bottom with hinges at the top.

Awning windows are great for places that are difficult to reach. They are popular in bathrooms and living rooms for extra ventilation and natural light. Hinging from the top, awning windows can be opened in the rain without letting much water into the home.

Benefits: Innovative hardware, can open in the rain, good for hard-to-reach spots.

Considerations: Opens outward, provides additional ventilation.


Picture windows do not open and look great in combination with other windows.

Picture windows, also called fixed windows, maximize efficiency, security and natural light as they do not open. These stationary windows pair well with other windows that open.

These windows are commonly placed in tall, out-of-reach areas.

Benefits: Enhanced efficiency, security and natural light, popular in floor-to-ceiling combinations.

Considerations: Does not open.

Sliding Window

Sliding windows have a sash that slides side to side on a track.

Sliding windows are popular in tight spaces since they require no extra space to open. They are commonly placed along walkways or patios since they do not protrude outward from the home. Sliding windows conveniently open and close along a track, offering easy access to a refreshing breeze.

Benefits: Easy to open, good for tight places, modern style.

Considerations: Features a more contemporary look than other windows with sliding sashes.

Bay or Bow

Bay and bow windows expand your living space by extending beyond the home’s exterior walls.

Bay and bow windows create a curve that extends out from a home’s exterior. This allows for more interior space and additional natural light. Bay windows contain a combination of three windows that form an angled design. Bow windows include more windows to form a smoother curve. These windows are common in traditional-style homes, and often feature a window seat below.

Benefits: More space, extra natural light, traditional styles.

Considerations: Bow windows have casement windows; bay windows can have casement or double-hung windows flanking a fixed window.

Sliding Patio Door

Sliding patio doors have a panel that opens and closes horizontally on a track.

Gliding open along a track, sliding patio doors require no extra space to operate. This allows for more usable floor space in rooms where space is tight. Sliding patio doors look great in any style home and are easy to open, bringing in ample amounts of fresh air and light.

Benefits: Versatile style, for rooms where floor space is tight, easy to open.

Considerations: Sliding design allows furniture to be placed nearby.

Hinged Patio Door

Hinged patio doors have panels that swing open with hinges on the side.

Hinged patio doors, sometimes called French doors or double doors, swing in or out with hinges on a side. They are common in rooms with sophisticated style that aim for a grand entrance. Hinged patio doors feature timeless, yet versatile, designs that are common in traditional homes.

Benefits: Traditional style, open wide to create grand entrance.

Considerations: In-swing styles require floor space to open and close them.


Wood windows and doors bring warmth and design flexibility, while delivering excellent energy efficiency. Wood is not only beautiful; it's a natural insulator from the heat and cold – so it helps keep you comfortable.

  • Most customizable designs. Wood gives you more design flexibility – including interior and exterior paints and stains, styles, shapes and sizes.
  • Long-lasting durability. Our innovative EnduraGuard® wood protection and our aluminum-clad exterior with EnduraClad® finish help provide long-lasting performance for years.
  • Backed by the best limited lifetime warranty. Pella wood windows and patio doors are backed by the best limited lifetime warranty.46


Tested to extremes and designed for every day, low-maintenance fiberglass windows and doors will never rot or corrode. Pella’s fiberglass is the strongest material for windows and patio doors, engineered for lasting durability and designed to withstand subzero cold and the most extreme heat.48

  • Strength and durability that lasts. Pella fiberglass is ready to handle virtually anything life throws at it. It won’t bend, dent or break as much as the competition.
  • Resistant to weather. Our fiberglass is designed to withstand subzero cold and the most extreme heat for years of long-lasting beauty.48
  • Strong warranty. Pella fiberglass windows and patio doors are backed by some of the strongest warranties in the business.


High-quality vinyl windows from Pella are easy to care for, never requiring repainting, energy efficient and affordable. Plus, they are backed by some of the strongest warranties in the business.

  • Low maintenance. Pella's vinyl uses a fade-resistant formula that is performance-tested for excellent weathering, durability and color retention.
  • Exceptional performance. Insulating air chambers in the frame help keep noise out and a comfortable temperature in for exceptional performance.
  • Strong and durable vinyl. Fully welded sashes and frames add outstanding strength and durability.


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Reasons to Replace

There's more to gain from new windows and doors than sleek designs. Check out what new Pella products could do for you.

  • Help lower heating and cooling costs.
    Drafty, leaky windows make your furnace and air conditioner work harder. Making your energy bills bigger. It's time to get efficient – by replacing those old windows.
  • Increase your home's value.
    Replacement windows can return homeowners up to 78% of the project cost upon resale.1
  • Achieve greater energy efficiency.
    Meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® certification with Pella windows and doors.
  • Improve your comfort.
    Control your lighting and privacy with motorized and programmable between-the-glass blinds and shades, powered by Pella® Insynctive® technology.2
  • Added peace of mind.
    Feel secure knowing that every window and door will open and close – and stay open or closed – without an issue.
  • Create your quiet place.
    Insulating frames and multiple panes of glass help reduce the noise from traffic, lawn mowers and neighborhood activity.
  • Tailor your home to you.
    New windows can dramatically improve the beauty of your home – inside and out.
  • Earn a tax credit.
    The IRS offers a tax credit of up to $200 for certain energy-efficient window and door projects. Learn more here.

1According to the National Association of Realtors.

2Requires connection to a compatible home automation system through the Insynctive Bridge.