New York 3/14/2014 2:53:08 AM
News / Law

Pella Lawsuit Claims Architect, Designer Windows Are Defective is alerting property owners that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Pella Corporation over its Architect and Designer model windows. The lawsuit, filed in Illinois federal court, alleges that these windows contain a design defect that allows moisture buildup, which can damage the wooden frames, surrounding walls and other property. Furthermore, the plaintiff alleges that the design of these windows conceals the area where water can collect, allowing damage to go unnoticed for years. Often, by the time property owners realize the damage, their warranties have expired, forcing them to spend thousands of dollars replacing their windows, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff in the suit, an Illinois resident, alleges that Pella’s Architect and Designer model windows are defective and violate Illinois’ building code and industry standards. According to the plaintiff, water can become trapped behind the aluminum cladding surrounding the window pane, which can cause the frame, surrounding walls and other properties to suffer from rotting or mold growth.

The plaintiff filed the lawsuit after Pella denied his warranty claim, which he submitted after noticing rotting wood surrounding the windows in his recently-purchased home. According to the lawsuit, Pella’s warranty states that if the company is notified of a defect in materials or workmanship within 10 years of the date of sale, the company will either repair or replace the defective part (with the cost of labor included within two years of the sale date) or refund the original price. Pella allegedly told the plaintiff that his warranty period began when his windows were manufactured (2002), rather than when they were installed (2004), and denied his claim. When a Pella service representative inspected the plaintiff’s home, he estimated that it would cost more than $4,000 to replace the affected windows.

The plaintiff is seeking compensation on behalf of himself and “all persons and entities who are current or former owners of a structure on which Pella Designer or Architect windows are installed.” The lawsuit demands compensation for the cost of the affected windows, as well as court orders that would require Pella to re-audit and reassess all prior warranty claims related to wood rot that were denied.

Have you noticed rotting or mold growth around your Pella windows? If so, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses through a lawsuit. For more information on your potential legal rights, visit today.


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