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Custom Windows vs. Builder-Grade Windows: A Side-By-Side Comparison

The owners of this Columbus, Ohio home updated their builder-grade windows to Pella replacement windows. See the side-by-side comparison.


Project Details

At first glance, builder-grade windows seem like the clear solution for any house project. They appear to offer great performance and style while easily fitting your — and your contractor’s — budget. But look a little closer. Builder-grade windows typically are mass produced from inexpensive and inferior materials. It’s not uncommon for them to stop working properly in as little as five years! By then, unhappy homeowners are spending money for repairs and/or replacements that could have been used to buy high-quality windows at the outset.

Our custom replacements raise the curve on builder-grade windows.

Owners of this Columbus, Ohio home desperately needed to replace their failing builder-grade windows. Poor-performing hardware made them difficult to open and close. Leaks and drafts were compromising comfort levels all year ’round. Working with our versatile Architect Series – Contemporary line, the Pella team designed and installed new wood picture and awning windows. Their streamlined frames boast maximum glass to flood the home with natural light. A gray exterior finish is a crisp complement to the deep gray palette.

Seeing is believing, especially during the installation phase.

Comparing the new Architect Series – Contemporary windows on the right next to the existing builder-grade windows on the left reveals how our replacement windows improve the home’s aesthetic. Awning windows are centered over the kitchen sink for easy access and efficient ventilation. Large casement windows in the living room help showcase its wood floors and open feel. Note that all new windows feature a natural wood stain to further enhance the warm, casual décor.


We also installed a hinged French patio door for this project. Its wood design echoes the same clean-lined profile of the windows. Better yet, it helps to extend living and entertaining space to the outdoors.

Architect Series – Contemporary line is intricately crafted for endless possibilities.

Our signature line of wooden doors and windows delivers flawless craftsmanship that’s authentic to the last detail. Innovations in energy efficiency, security and privacy promises high-performance you can count on for years. It's the ideal package.

See more project details from the local Columbus showroom and then schedule a free visit from one of our local representatives.

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