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Thermastar Reviews

based on 4 reviews

Overall quality: 4
Locks: 4
Balance System: 5
Warranty: 4

September 2nd 2012 at 6:05 am

Window Comments

I have installed several of these windows since 2005 as I go around rennovating my house. It is a simple matter to pop out the old wooden windows and install these new windows. I think they are very well made and the ones I put in 2005 are just as nice as the 2 I put in last month in 2012. I like that Lowes stands behind these windows and that I can order custom sizes. They come very carefully packaged and with complete instructions. After you do one window you can see exactly how to install others and you can do a better job than many installers by taking your time and using the best materials for shims, insulation, foil tape, caulk and paint. If you are hard on your windows by opening and closing several times a day, you may need more expensive windows, but if you want good durable vinyl windows that will last with reasonable use for years then you can't go wrong with Pella windows.

Window Grade: 4.3
Install Comments

Installed by none of

Installed myself

Install Grade: 0.0

Overall quality: 2
Locks: 2
Balance System: 2
Warranty: 1

September 14th 2011 at 10:45 am

Window Comments

Last Pella windows I had were great. These new ones are far from it. Their service was rude and I would never buy another of their products. period. Obviously they're capitolizing on their past reputation to peddle inferior windows. 25 years ago Pella was very good.

Window Grade: 1.8

 

Overall quality: 1
Locks: 1
Balance System: 1
Warranty: 1

May 28th 2008 at 1:32 pm

Window Comments

I had Lowe's install Pella windows in my home in Pittsburgh, PA late last year. After their contractor finished, I realized that he had caulked closed and covered with aluminum trim all of the weep holes in the windows. (These are the little holes that allow water to get out of the window frames. If these are plugged, the water finds its way into the wall cavity and can severely damage the structure.) I contacted Lowe's and the installer and pointed out to both that I had found one of the Pella Installation Manuals that came with the windows and that the manual indicated clearly in BOLD print that the installer should NEVER caulk or cover these holes. The installer arrogantly told me that he was an expert, was the best Lowe's had to offer, and that Pella did not know windows as well as he did. I confirmed with Pella that the way the windows were installed has VOIDED my warranty. After 3 months of waiting and MANY calls to Pella, the local Lowe's store in Monroeville, PA, and Pella and Lowe's corporate headquarters, the situation has not been corrected. This "professional" installation by Lowe's continues to allow water to infiltrate my walls. The condition has damaged paint on the interior and exterior walls and I recently noticed a musty odor at one of the windows. I have also been suffering from a sinus and lung infection that has all of the symptoms of exposure to mold. The most unbelievable part of the whole experience ... this incompetent installer is still working for Lowe's installing windows! Lowe's explained that they cannot find anyone qualified who will do the job for the same money this person will. BEWARE OF LOWE'S

Window Grade: 1.0
Install Comments

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I had Lowe's install Pella windows in my home in Pittsburgh, PA late last year. After their contractor finished, I realized that he had caulked closed and covered with aluminum trim all of the weep holes in the windows. (These are the little holes that allow water to get out of the window frames. If these are plugged, the water finds its way into the wall cavity and can severely damage the structure.) I contacted Lowe's and the installer and pointed out to both that I had found one of the Pella Installation Manuals that came with the windows and that the manual indicated clearly in BOLD print that the installer should NEVER caulk or cover these holes. The installer arrogantly told me that he was an expert, was the best Lowe's had to offer, and that Pella did not know windows as well as he did. I confirmed with Pella that the way the windows were installed has VOIDED my warranty. After 3 months of waiting and MANY calls to Pella, the local Lowe's store in Monroeville, PA, and Pella and Lowe's corporate headquarters, the situation has not been corrected. This "professional" installation by Lowe's continues to allow water to infiltrate my walls. The condition has damaged paint on the interior and exterior walls and I recently noticed a musty odor at one of the windows. I have also been suffering from a sinus and lung infection that has all of the symptoms of exposure to mold. The most unbelievable part of the whole experience ... this incompetent installer is still working for Lowe's installing windows! Lowe's explained that they cannot find anyone qualified who will do the job for the same money this person will. BEWARE OF LOWE'S

Install Grade: 1.0

Overall quality: 4
Locks: 2
Balance System: 3
Warranty: 3

March 29th 2008 at 10:01 pm

Window Comments

Installation of the replacement window by DIY Homeowner went pretty easy... well, after we figured out Pella sent us the wrong instructions. The window is a slider-type. I do notice the trickle of air through the weep holes that someone else mentioned. It doesn't really bother me, though. The lock sometimes catches and you have to fiddle with it a minute to get it to lock. Overall, the window is decent for the money we paid, and it sure is a whole lot better than what we had before (20+year old aluminum with wierd "fur balls" growing between the glass).

Window Grade: 3.0

 

Price Information

$242 for 72X48 slider $218 for 60X48 slider Installation by Homeowner

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