Pella design so track stays clean. Some people like it and some don't.
They also have an invisible screen which you might want to look at to
replace the screen you have. It rolls up to the side when not in use.
Works well but won't stop a dog or cat from getting outside.
It was designed that way.
It helps keep the track cleaner
When the wind blows, it forces it to seal better, not blow away from the
It is sort of quirky, but it works. My only objection is if there are bugs
on the screen and you want to close the door, you have a chance to let them
into the house. Overall, the Pella is a well made door.
I have tried to figure out why Pella does this. I have heard the track clean
thing but the track is on the outside and gets iced up so you can't get out
in winter, so how does it stay cleaner? The wind thing just seems silly what
if the wind is blowing the other way, will it suck the seal open?
I've never had an ice problem in 10 years or so that I've had it.. If the
wind is blowing the other way, the windows and doors on the other side of
the hose should be closed and blocking it. You evidently have never felt the
wind coming off the ocean in winter.
Pella has a very inferior design, the bug issue is bad, the bugs that
will be on the screen at night here can be 20+ mosquitos. Opening the
screen just to close your door to lock up allows all bugs a perfect
opportunity to get in , and they do. I know just 1 mosquito will keep
me awake at night when I am trying to sleep. Imagine letting in a few
every night, soon your house is full of them.
The track clean issue is not true , in fact the opposite , an inside
track stays cleaner and the wheel bearings from blown dirt-water into
the bearings will make them wear faster. Water into the bottom of the
door will make Pella more maintenance prone. If you have drifting snow
or any buildup the door will be impossible to open in winter. On my
Anderson I leave the screen open in winter after forcing it open through
The wind issue is also misleading and false as Anderson has a as good
wind permeability rating. I have the windows facing South on a lake
where 30-50 mph winds are common and I never can test infiltration with
CDF or condensation factor is also poor with Pella glass. I have new
Pella windows but Anderson doors, both dual pane low E Argon, the
Anderson never condense but all the Pellas do. Glass is a poorer in
design with Pella. Even Consumer Reports rates CDF and Pella did not
rate well, Anderson is better they never condense for me.
I checked both Anderson and Pella and bought the more expensive
Anderson, it was money well spent as there are to many drawbacks to
Pella doors. My original and true dislike was the bug issue, but I
found many more issues after having Anderson.
I have Andersen and Pella too. I've had several leaky Andersen windows and
yes, they are under warranty but they are a pain in the neck to replace the
sashes. The vinyl clad yellows after a few years. The aluminum Pella clad
looks new longer. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Apparently no
one makes a perfect window yet.
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