We’ve used Pella’s own pricing tool, plus the actual receipts from homeowners that have had Pella windows installed in their home recently to come up with the most accurate prices available.
Costs are up across all brands. If you priced windows last year and didn’t buy, expect estimates 12% to 20% higher in 2022.
Below, you can see the current Pella window price list. It gives a total cost range plus the average cost for fixed (non-operable), double-hung and casement windows – the most popular styles.
Details on your series choices are given below along with advantages and disadvantages to consider for each. Here are the Pella window prices for all series listed on the Pella website. These are installed prices, since most Pella windows are only available through local window dealers that sell you the package – the window plus installation.
These are fully installed costs – the cost of the window, plus the cost of labor for a professional to install it:
|36″W x 48″H||36″W x 48″H||36″W x 48″H|
|Encompass by Pella||Vinyl||$435 – $1,300||$495 – $900||$655 – $1,080||N/A|
|Pella 250 Series||Vinyl||$535 – $1,365||$550 – $1,015||$615 – $1,095||$790 – $1,235|
|Pella Defender||Vinyl||$695 – $1,850||N/A||$790 – $1,585||N/A|
|Pella Hurricane Shield||Vinyl||$830 – $1,995||N/A||N/A||$990 – $1,645|
|Pella Impervia||Fiberglass||$750 – $2,150||$995 – $1,280||$1,120 – $1,555||$1,215 – $1,720|
|Pella Lifestyle||Wood||$650 – $3,775||$840 – $1,495||$965 – $2,135||$1,175 – $2,950|
|Pella Architect||Wood||$750 – $4,900||$1,050 – $1,990||$1,175 – $2,840||$1,550 – $3,380|
|Pella Reserve||Wood||$800 – $5,400||$1,425 – $2,350||$1,465 – $3,190||$1,790 – $3,770|
Minimum window sizes used are 24” x 24”. Maximum window sizes used are 48” x 72”. Windows are dual pane; triple pane glass is available on many windows at an additional $125 to $300 above the prices in the list.
Additional Pella windows are sold in standard sizes with no customization options at home improvement stores. In most cases, they are a variation of the windows available from Pella dealers that give you options for color and accessories.
Typical Average Installed Cost per Window
The cost ranges above are quite wide and take into consideration the entire range of options, plus installation.
It would probably be helpful to narrow things down a bit with an average for each window in a common size.
Here are the average costs for 36” (W) x 48”(H) windows. We’ve used double-hung windows for all styles except Hurricane Shield since the line doesn’t have a double-hung window. So, the price is for a casement window.
Wood windows are pine windows with dual pane Low-E glass, a standard factory stain color and a standard (non-premium) exterior aluminum cladding color. Screens and grilles are included.
Not included in any windows: Between-the-glass blinds, hinged glass panels or smart sensors for home security systems.
|Window Series||Window Type||Average Installed Cost|
|250 Series (Vinyl)||Double-hung||$975|
|Hurricane Shield (Vinyl)||Casement||$1,495|
|Lifestyle Series (Wood)||Double-hung||$1,865|
|Architect Series (Wood)||Double-hung||$2,650|
|Reserve Series (Wood)||Double-hung||$2,825|
Why is there such a wide range of prices for each window series and type? The cost factors tell the tale.
Material – Vinyl windows are the most affordable. In wood vs fiberglass, the Pella Lifestyle wood series is more affordable on the low end than the fiberglass Impervia series.
Because wood windows have more options, the top cost of Lifestyle windows is higher than Impervia. The wood Architect Series and Reserve Series cost more than Impervia regardless of options.
If you choose a wood species other than pine for wood frames, cost rises significantly. Wood options for Pella Architect Series and Reserve Series windows include pine, mahogany, Douglas fir, white oak, red oak, cherry, and maple.
Options and Upgrades – Once you begin to add options and upgrades, cost can rise fast. See the list of Pella window upgrades below for the cost of options that can be selected.
Window Size – Bigger windows cost more, obviously, because of the additional frame material and glass. For example, a 24”x30” window includes 108” of frame material and about 5 square feet of glass. By comparison, a 30”x48” window has 156” of frame and 10 square feet of glass.
Installation Cost – Wood windows are more difficult to install – the process takes more time – than with vinyl and fiberglass. As a result, the installation labor cost on is higher by 50% to 100% in some cases.
Here’s a cost example for a Pella Lifestyle wood casement window with an unfinished frame, standard Low-E glass, and a standard color cladding – in other words, a basic window design with no upgrades.
Here are costs for the window only. Installation typically costs another $450 to $850 per window.
24” x 36” – $925
30” x 42” – $1,065
36” x 48” – $1,180
42” x 60” – $1,295
48” x 72” – $1,430
Upgrades and Costs
Not all upgrades are available on all window series.
|Upgrade||Reserve||Architect||Lifestyle||Impervia||250 Series||Encompass||Defender||Hurricane Shield|
These are costs per window. Size is a factor in cost for upgrades related to window frames and glass.
Premium Hardware Finish: $120 – $140 to upgrade from vinyl coating to metallic finish like bronze or satin nickel.
Primed Wood: $50 – $125 more than unfinished wood.
Painted Wood: $70 – $150 more than unfinished wood.
Stained Wood: $225 – $350 more than unfinished wood.
Insulated Glass Options: $40 – $125. Advanced Low-E is standard. Glass with coatings designed for specific climates is an upgrade.
Triple Pane vs Standard Double Pane Glass: $125 – $200
Specialty Glass Treatments: $75 – $195. These include laminated impact glass, tinted, frosted and obscure glass.
Screens: $60 – $90 upgrade vs ordering windows with no screens.
Grilles Between Glass Panes: $40 – $80. Standard grilles are installed on the outside of the glass. The advantage of grilles and blinds between the glass is that they don’t collect dust.
Blinds Between Glass Panes: $275 – $450
Hinged Interior Glass Panel (Casement windows): $250 – $350. The hinge allows you to open inward the interior glass to access between-glass blinds and grilles.
Integrated Security Sensors: $125
Premium aluminum cladding colors like deep red and hunter green: $40 – $150 more than standard colors like white
The 48” x 72” casement window above priced at $1,300 with basic design costs more than $3,200 with premium upgrades.
New and Replacement Windows – What’s the Difference?
All Pella windows are available in new construction and replacement models.
New construction windows are installed when a home or addition is being built or the homeowner is doing a complete remodel and the siding has been removed. These windows have a nailing flange around the perimeter of the window, which is used to secure the window to the exterior sheathing of the house.
Pella makes new construction windows with the flange only and with the flange plus a J-channel that is used when the home will be sided with vinyl or aluminum siding.
Replacement windows come in two types:
Full frame replacement windows are installed after the old window has been entirely removed – frame and all. The replacement window is then installed in the opening left by the old window.
Pocket windows are available for single-hung and double-hung window replacement. The old sashes are removed, but the old frame is left in place. Then, new sashes are installed.
Pocket windows cost 10% to 15% less than either full frame replacement windows or new construction windows – less material and less time to install them equals a lower cost.
Cost of New Construction vs Full Frame Window
The cost of replacement windows is typically $15 to $150 higher than new construction windows depending on the material and size of the window.
Pella Window Series
Here are additional notes on each of the 8 Pella window series. Matching patio doors including sliding doors for all series and French patio doors for premium wood series are available.
Pella Vinyl Windows
Your options are the entry-level Encompass by Pella, the popular Pella 250 Series, the Defender Series that is designed with improved storm protection and the Hurricane Shield Series that is rated for use in high velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ).
Encompass by Pella Windows
Competitively priced, these windows can be bought off the shelf at many home improvement stores or ordered with your preferred options.
Pros and Cons: These windows are the most affordable and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Vinyl is easy to maintain. This is one of three lines, along with the Lifestyle wood series and Impervia fiberglass windows that can be bought or ordered by homeowners and DIY-installed, if desired.
The downside to these windows is a limited number of styles – there isn’t a casement window, for example – and fewer colors and accessory choices compared with some of the more expensive window series.
Cost Range: $395 to $1,200
Styles: Single-hung, double-hung, sliding, and fixed/picture windows. Fixed windows can be combined with other window styles. For example, a rectangular transom window can be installed above a single-hung or double-hung window.
Not all window styles are available everywhere. For example, double-hung Encompass windows are only sold in the Eastern US.
Colors: White, almond and fossil
Hardware: 6 colors of vinyl coating – no metallic finishes.
Glass Options: Low-E glass is standard. Triple pane, tempered, tinted and obscure glass is available.
Other options: There are two grille thicknesses in 5 patterns to consider. Integrated sensors for Pella’s Insynctive home security system is optional.
Pella 250 Windows
These are Energy Star rated windows backed by a lifetime warranty. Matching sliding glass patio doors are produced. This is Pella’s most complete line of vinyl windows.
Pros and Cons: The cost is quite affordable compared to wood windows. And the
Energy Star efficiency helps reduce heating and air conditioning costs. For the
best energy efficiency, choose a glass package designed for your climate.
The 250 Series comes in the most popular window styles, and they are low-maintenance windows. 250 Series windows must be bought from a Pella dealer in a package that includes installation cost. The only other drawback is the limited number of color and accessory options.
Cost Range: $455 to $1,265
Styles: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, sliding, picture/fixed and bay/bow windows. Combinations of operable and fixed windows and 2-wide and 3-wide operable windows are available.
Colors: White, almond and fossil
Hardware: Same as window frame colors.
Glass Options: Triple pane glass, standard Low-E insulating glass, NaturalSun Low-E glass for cold climates and SunDefense Low-E glass for sunny climates.
Other Options: Pella Hidden Screens fold up when the window is closed and unfold when the window is open. They’re offered on single-hung, double-hung and sliding windows. Insynctive home security system sensors can be included with Pella 250 windows.
Pella Defender Windows
These windows offer enhanced protection against storms and are rated for hurricane zones. Pella Defender vinyl windows are sold along coastal regions of the eastern and southern US. They’re covered by a lifetime warranty against defects.
Pros and Cons: If your home has suffered storm damage in the past, these windows are worth considering. They meet most local codes including Miami-Dade storm code and the Florida Building Code. The disadvantage is fewer window style, color, and accessory choices. These are pro-installed windows.
Cost range: $665 to $1,750.
Styles: Double-hung, single-hung and sliding windows. Two-wide operable windows are offered.
Colors: White and bronze. You can select different colors inside and out – for example, white interiors with bronze exteriors.
Hardware: Same as window colors.
Glass Options: Standard Low-E and three other Low-E glazing options for coastal, sunny, and cold climates. Laminated, shatter-resistant Low-E glass is also offered. Glass can be tinted or obscured.
Additional Options: Standard grilles and grilles between the glass are options.
Pella Hurricane Shield Windows
These windows take storm protection to the next level and meet the most stringent requirements for windows installed in hurricane zones (HVHZ) such as those of the Florida Building Code and Texas Department of Insurance.
Pros and Cons: These windows are specifically designed for regions where tropical storms are common and hurricanes are possible. They are tough and attractive windows that can be outfitted with premium impact-resistant and shatterproof glass.
Cost is higher than for standard vinyl windows, but they are a cost-effective window where hurricane zone requirements must be met. There are no double-hung windows in this series. The Hurricane Shield windows also must be installed by a pro.
Cost Range: $750 to $1,935
Styles: Single-hung, casement, awning and sliding. Two-wide window combinations are available.
Colors: White, bronze, and dual-colored with different interior and exterior colors.
Hardware: White and bronze.
Glass Options: Four types of insulated Low-E glass are offered – as with the Defender Series. Glass can be laminated, tinted, or obscured.
Additional Options: Grilles in 2 profiles and 4 styles.
Pella Fiberglass Windows
Pella claims that the proprietary fiberglass in Impervia windows is the strongest window frame material available today. It has been tested from -40F to 180F without failing, warping, or splitting. Impervia windows come with a lifetime warranty.
Pella Impervia is the only series of fiberglass windows Pella makes. It is often compared to Andersen Fibrex, Marvin Signature Modern Series and Milgard Ultra windows.
Pros and Cons: Pella fiberglass has the look of painted wood, which you might find more attractive than vinyl. These are very strong windows with a lifetime guarantee against the frames warping or cracking in any weather conditions.
A good range of styles and sizes can be ordered, and most can be DIY-installed to save money. Downsides include the higher cost compared to Pella Encompass and 250 Series vinyl windows and a limited number of color choices.
Cost Range: $645 to $2,150
Styles: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, sliding and picture/fixed windows. Combinations including transom windows beneath casement windows are available.
Colors: White, black, and brown.
Hardware: Same as window frame colors plus a satin nickel crank on casement and awning windows.
Glass Options: Four types of insulated Low-E glass plus tempered, sound-control, laminated, tinted, or obscured. The sound-control glass meets Sound Transmission Class (STC) standards.
Additional Options: Four grille patterns are available.
Pella Wood Windows
There are four series to consider:
Lifestyle ($$-$$$), Architect ($$$-$$$$), Reserve Traditional ($$$$-$$$$$) and Reserve Contemporary ($$$$-$$$$$).
As noted, the upper cost of wood windows is much higher than for other windows due to premium options like factory staining, hinged glass panels and extended window jambs.
Pella Lifestyle Windows
The most affordable Pella wood windows feature aluminum exterior cladding and several interior options. These windows are often compared to Andersen 400, Jeld-Wen W-2500 and Marvin Signature Ultimate wood windows.
Pros and Cons: These are decent-quality wood windows that you can order and install yourself, if desired. There are no single-hung windows, but otherwise, the selection of styles is good, and having glazing (glass) options to enhance efficiency for your climate is a bonus. Your material and color choices aren’t as wide as you have with more expensive lines.
Cost Range: $595 to $3,775
Styles: Casement, awning, double-hung and picture/fixed windows.
Frame Material: Pine
Interior Frame Finishes: Primed, 3 paint colors and 4 stain colors – golden oak, early American, Provincial (medium brown) and black.
Exterior Options: 12 aluminum cladding colors including standard and more expensive premium colors.
Hardware: 4 standard colors plus upgraded satin nickel and satin brass.
Glass Options: 4 low-E glazing choices included standard Low-E, AdvancedComfort Low-E for extreme environments, NaturalSun for cold climates and SunDefense for sunny climates. Packages that include triple pane glass for sound control and maximum insulation are also available.
Additional Options: Retractable screens, 5 grill patterns, between-the-glass shades and Insynctive smart sensors are accessory choices. The shades can be motorized too at additional cost beyond the range given here.
Pella Architect Windows
These windows feature traditional styling. They are most often compared to Andersen A-Series, Jeld-Wen W-5500 and Harvey Majesty wood windows.
Pros and Cons: These windows are produced in the most popular styles with a good range of features and options to consider. If you choose pine and standard options, cost is reasonable. When premium options are selected, price increases sharply.
Cost Range: $650 – $4,900
Styles: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, and picture windows. A wide range of window combinations are offered too such as transoms or half-circles over single or 2-wide windows and angled fixed windows over single operable windows.
Frame Material: Pine is standard. Custom species are white oak, red oak, cherry and maple.
Interior Frame Finishes: Primed wood, 3 paint colors and 9 stain options including coated clear.
Exterior Options: A total of 11 standard and premium aluminum cladding colors.
Hardware: 4 standard paint colors and 2 upgraded metallic finishes – Satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.
Glass Options: 4 Low-E glazing types designed for various climates. Glass can be laminated, tinted, and obscured. Triple pane glass is offered.
Additional Options: 5 grille patterns in various profiles. Smart sensors for home security systems.
Pella Reserve Contemporary Windows
The Contemporary Series is aluminum clad. Frames are thinner to produce a sleeker profile. If you’re looking for a comparison, consider the Marvin Signature Modern wood windows.
Pros and Cons: These windows fit today’s modern homes. The thin frames provide maximum glass area for the best view of the landscape outside. The Reserve Contemporary Series offers the widest selection of styles, wood species, finishes and cladding colors. But yes, all this comes at a higher cost than most wood windows.
Cost Range: $695 – $5,100
Styles: Standard casement, push-out casement, awning, fixed/picture, angle-top casement and corner windows. Shapes offered are rectangle transom, pentagon, trapezoid and triangle. Window combinations – shapes over operable windows – are available too.
Frame Material: Standard pine, unfinished mahogany and Douglas fir plus custom white oak, red oak, cherry, and maple.
Interior Frame Finishes: Same options as Reserve Traditional windows.
Exterior Options: About 20 aluminum-cladding colors.
Hardware: 4 standard colors and 4 upgraded metallic finishes.
Glass Options: 4 insulated glass options, which can be laminated, tinted and/or obscured.
Additional Options: Grille options plus integrated Insynctive sensors are additional choices to consider.
Pella Reserve Traditional Windows
These premium windows can be ordered with bare wood exteriors or aluminum-clad exteriors. Bare wood is often chosen when the home is in a historical district or when the homeowner wants the most authentic look. If you’re comparing windows, consider these alongside Andersen E-Series custom wood windows and Jeld-Wen Custom wood windows.
Pros and Cons: If you want premium wood windows with authentic traditional styling, these windows should be on your list. You have a wide spectrum of styles, materials, finishes and accessories to consider.
But premium windows come with a premium price tag. And think twice before skipping the aluminum cladding. Exterior wood takes a lot more maintenance than cladding, which is almost maintenance-free.
Cost Range: $795 – $5,400
Styles: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, picture/shape, and corner windows. Almost 30 standard shapes in various sizes are produced. Custom shapes can also be designed for your home. These can be included in combination with other window styles.
Frame Material: Pine, unfinished mahogany and Douglas fir are standard options. Custom woods are white oak, red oak, cherry, and maple.
Interior Frame Finishes: Primed wood, 3 paint colors and 9 stain colors are your choices.
Exterior Options: 20 aluminum cladding colors.
Hardware: 4 standard colors and 3 upgraded colors.
Glass Options: 4 Low-E glazing types designed for various climates. Glass can be laminated, tinted, and obscured. Triple pane glass is offered.
Additional Options: Retractable screens, multiple grille profiles and styles and Pella’s Insynctive integrated sensors.
How does Pella brand compare to Andersen windows?
Both Pella and Andersen are at the top of the food chain when it comes to premium replacement windows. Both brands are more similar in terms of quality and options than they are different. However, one point of difference is that Andersen also offers a specialty material called Fibrex (wood fibers composite) as an option, in addition to wood-frame windows. However, Andersen doesn’t offer vinyl or fiberglass windows.
Are Pella windows worth the premium cost?
You’re considering a huge investment in your home, and you probably have a few more questions regarding cost and return on investment (ROI) for the money you spend.
Are fiberglass windows worth the extra cost compared with vinyl?
Probably not in terms of ROI.
There are two main reasons homeowners upgrade from vinyl to fiberglass.
First, they prefer the look of painted wood – the fiberglass frames are textured – to the smooth surface of vinyl.
Secondly, Pella Impervia windows are available with black frames, and black is a trendy color right now. None of the vinyl series are offered in black.
Yes, fiberglass windows are stronger than vinyl, but Pella vinyl windows are sufficiently strong too.
Are wood windows worth the extra cost compared with vinyl and fiberglass?
From a pure enjoyment perspective, wood windows are hard to beat, especially when the wood is stained rather than painted and the natural beauty of the wood is on display.
In terms of the potential return on investment, it depends on what the standards are in your neighborhood.
ROI is highest when most homes in your area have wood windows. In those neighborhoods, you can expect a return on investment, also called the cost to value, of 60% to 75% depending on where you live. Spend $35,000 on 15 wood windows, which isn’t hard to do, and your home’s potential sale value will increase by $21,000 to $26,000.
The return is highest in the Northeast and on the West Coast where home prices have risen quickly, and any home improvement has a higher ROI.
The return is lowest in the South West where consistent, heavy rains and storms make wood susceptible to the elements, even when it is clad in aluminum. Plus, in hurricane zones (HVHZ), vinyl windows like the Pella Hurricane Shield and Defender windows are a better fit.
By contrast, if most homes where you live are fitted with vinyl or aluminum windows, then the value of installing wood windows goes down significantly.
Should I repair or replace my windows?
Windows in good condition with minor problems can be repaired in a cost-effective way.
What are minor problems? Sticky sashes – hard to open and close, broken cranks or locks and minor rot on the exterior of wood windows can all be fixed.
Problems that indicate window replacement is a better option include:
- Single-pane windows that feel cold and drafty
- Fogged dual pane windows
- Sagging casement window sashes
- Significant wood rot
- Split or warped frames
Should I replace windows all at once or a few at a time?
Pella has maintained the same lines of windows very consistently for more than a decade. We’re confident that the windows that are currently available will continue to be produced in the next 5 to 10 years.
So, you are probably safe replacing some windows now and waiting until the budget allows you to replace the rest – in other words, the replacement windows you choose will likely still be available “down the road.”