Your satisfaction with your Pella windows and doors is our priority. Should you have a problem with your Pella product that you believe might be related to the window’s installation, trying the following steps may help determine if the product is installed level, square and plumb.
First, grab a level and put it on the frame of the product, across the bottom or sill. Do not put it on the sashes or panels of the product because it may not give an accurate reading. The bubble of your level should rest in the center, demonstrating the product is installed level.
Next, examine plumb of your window or door. Plumb means the window or door is straight down or up, vertically. To check for plumb, put your level on the two vertical side jambs on the exterior face to ensure the product is plumb from the inside out. Then, you’ll check for plumb from left to right by placing the level on both sides. The bubble should fall in the midpoint on both sides, indicating the product is installed plumb.
After checking plumb, you can examine for bowing by measuring the unit horizontally across the top, middle and bottom. The measurements of each of the three places should all be equal, plus or minus one eighth of an inch. It’s critical to always measure to and from a common point on both sides for consistency. Lastly, find out if your window or door is square by measuring from one corner to the other in an X fashion on the outside of the product. The measurements should be within 1/8 inch of each other to indicate the product is
You may also inspect the reveal, where the sash meets the frame. The gap should look the same from top to bottom and left to right. Each side of your product should appear the same, signifying the product is installed level, square, and plumb.
Setting aside time to do a little troubleshooting on your own can provide helpful information to resolve a problem. If it turns out that you have run in to one, or even a couple, of these issues, visit the Pella Window and Door Showroom in Minneapolis or give us a call at 612-249-7371.