07:50PM | 09/17/04
Member Since: 09/16/04
1 lifetime posts
I am wondering if anyone has any opinions about these doors that come with mini blinds in between the glass? What is the possibility of them breaking or getting damaged by the sun, heat or continuous use?

I haven't been able to find any reviews about them other than by the manufacturer (Pella), that are unbiased. Thanks!


07:40PM | 09/22/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
My opinion is biased as well, from several bad experiences with Pella. They seem to focus more on offereing consumer 'toys' like the miniblinds, than on high quality door and window units. They do work hard to replace poor quality stuff in the first year or two, but I have heard way too manystories of them ignoring customers from bygine years who have problems with their products.

If you dont need the blinds, Marvin, Andersen, and Kolbe Kolbe all have better units available, though not all as inexpensive.

Excellence is its own reward!


12:44AM | 05/11/05
Member Since: 05/10/05
4 lifetime posts
I have over 25 pella casement windows here in wisconsin and the only problem I have ever had was with the blind actuator stripping its gears. They have never failed to take care of my concerns. i began installing them almost 25 years ago and my wife loves them. You do have to follow their installation instructions to the "T" otherwise you will have problems. An ounce of prevention... Well thats my 2 cents.


07:25PM | 12/02/13
the strings controlling the lift/tilt functions of our in-between glass blinds are broken and Pella will not repair them. we were told replacement blinds are $500 for each patio door!


12:01PM | 07/15/14
We paid top dollar for a steel exterior clad, wood interior Pella Sliding glass door with miniblinds between glass.

9 years in and no real problems with the blinds, BUT the whole thing has to be replaced because the steel exterior did not prevent water from getting into the bottom edge of the door which has now completely rotted out! The door has southern exposure and is the most protected (weatherwise) side of the house.



04:50PM | 07/13/15
I have two Pella patio doors. Pella was great when I first got the doors. Now the doors are a little over two years old and no longer under warranty. Water is coming in under the door. It will take (notice I said WILL TAKE) nearly two months to get a technician to look at the problem. They quoted outlandish amounts to have the technician onsite. I would not buy these doors again.


02:57PM | 04/29/16
Do not buy these doors. One of our blind strings broke and there is not way to fix or replace it! Pella has been NO HELP! Do not buy these!


05:40PM | 06/22/16
We have two large windows with pella windows. One has internal blinds metal blinds that can be tilted via a turning mechanism. The windows are 25 years old. During the past five years the mechanism has needed some repairs, and now the mesh that holds the metal blinds in the window has broken. The local Pella store says that mesh is no longer available, but they did give me some string to try to fix the broken strings. Not entirely satisfactory for what brands itself as a high quality line of products.


04:02PM | 11/22/16
There is an exceptional quality window with blinds between the glass, that's about half the price of a Pella or Anderson.


11:23PM | 11/28/16
Member Since: 08/27/16
6 lifetime posts
I would suggest you to seek recommendation from a professional company. The technicians at Triple Crown Glass & Mirror helped me a lot in choosing a suitable patio door.
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