Product innovation timeline at Pella® Windows and Doors

Pella Corporation is a longtime industry leader in technology and innovation. The U.S. window and door manufacturer combines a commitment to new product innovations, like retractable insect screens, between-the-glass blinds and shades, and pivoting window sashes that are easier to clean — with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Pella’s manufacturing principles add up to innovative, high-quality windows and doors that create better views.

Pella innovation timeline

The Pella track record for innovative products includes:

2012 – Pella SmartSync® technology debuts, an integrated system that allows shades or blinds — like snap-in options in Pella Designer Series® windows and patio doors — to be controlled simply by a remote control or by a home or building automation system through Web-enabled devices like computers and most smart phones (products will be available later in 2012)

2011 – New Pella® and Pella Architect Series® entry doors with industry-leading performance debut

2011 – Highly energy-efficient Pella® 350 Series premium vinyl window line debut

2011 – Pella Architect Series® wood double-hung windows redesigned for more historic look, enhanced performance and easier operation 

2011 – Pella Venetian storm door featuring between-the-glass blinds launched

2010 – Pella 350 Series premium vinyl patio doors debut

2010 – Pella introduces new low-profile replacement installation process to save time, money

2009 – Three-dimensional (3D) window and door models for use in Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects first offered by Pella Corporation

2008 – EnduraGuard® wood treatment process introduced to provide a protective barrier on exterior wood surfaces against moisture, stains and decay

2008 –Mahogany, Rustic Walnut, American White Oak and Cherry wood entry doors debut

2006 – Architect Series premium woods products available in Mahogany, Alder and Douglas Fir

2006 – Express Install® storm door allows new storm door to be installed in less than an hour

2006 – Pella Designer Series collection expands to include new snap-in decorative panels between-the-glass in windows and doors

2005 – Durable Pella Impervia® patio doors debut

2005 – AdvantagePlus™ protection system for entry doors is introduced 

2005 – Innovative new Designer Series windows and patio doors feature exclusive interior hinged glass panel with snap-in between-the-glass window fashions offered in blinds, shades, and grilles for added convenience, cleanliness and design flexibility

2004 – Rolscreen® retractable screens available on Pella storm doors

2004 – Vivid View® virtually “invisible” screens increase light and air flow

2004 – Architect Series double-hung window redesigned to feature a historic profile, authentic spoon hardware

2003 –ThermaStar by Pella® vinyl windows and patio doors expand options

2003 – Pella Impervia, made from Duracast®, the strongest, most durable material available in windows and doors

2002 – Rolscreen retractable insect screens for Pella sliding patio doors added

2001 – Pella impact-resistant glass windows and doors debut

2000 – Foldaway cranks for casement windows enhance operation, convenience

1997 – Revamped Pella Rolscreen provides better aesthetics and insect protection

1992 – Designer Series SmartSash® technology enhanced for better thermal and acoustical performance

1990 – Architect Series windows with Integral Light Technology® (ILT) recreate the look of true divided light with superior performance and energy efficiency

1985  – Pella Window and Door Showrooms open setting a new industry standard for providing customers with expert service, design assistance from one location

1970 – Pella introduces low-maintenance casement and double-hung windows featuring aluminum-clad exteriors that don’t require painting

1966 – Industry-first Slimshade® blinds protected between panes of glass created

1964 – Wood double-hung windows with pivoting sashes for easier cleaning

1960 – Wood sliding glass doors appear

1958 – Industry-first removable wood windowpane dividers add style

1957 –Insulating glass provides greater energy efficiency

1937 – Pella’s first window, a steel-framed casement style with wooden interior, divided windowpanes, Rolscreen® retractable screen and a removable insulating glass panel launches

New products are just the beginning of Pella’s commitment to innovation. Team members incorporate new technologies, streamline manufacturing processes and increase productivity at manufacturing operations, sales outlets and corporate offices to produce top-quality products and create satisfied customers.