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San Francisco Vinyl Windows

Vinyl is a Stylish Yet Affordable Window Material

Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area is as varied as its hilly terrain. Much of the city was rebuilt after a large earthquake in the early 20th century, and therefore contains many homes with styles from this era including Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival and Shingle Style. These homes are beautiful, yet can be costly to own.

The cost of living in San Francisco is one of the highest in the nation and the city is notorious for its high real estate prices. Vinyl is an affordable, yet quality, material option to keep window replacement within the reach of bay area homeowners looking to upgrade energy efficiency of an older home without breaking the bank.

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • Double Hung windows Double Hung Vinyl Replacement Windows

    Double-hung windows are a classic choice for their reliable functionality, ventilation flexibility, and timeless look. Replacing your current windows with double-hung vinyl in your bay area home will offer an updated look with added energy efficiency and soundproofing. Double-hung windows are as fitting for a Queen Anne style home as they are in a Tudor or Gothic revival -- simply choose grilles and colors to complement your style.

  • modern colors Vinyl Window Color Options When thinking of vinyl windows, white is the color that typically comes to mind. However this material is available in a number of options to match a variety of exterior color schemes, including the colorful options seen on Queen Anne and Mission Revival homes common around San Francisco.
  • double or triple pane windows Double-Pane and Triple-Pane Windows

    Single pane windows are common in older houses built before the 1970s. In Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, replacing the single-pane windows on an older home with new double-pane or triple-pane windows can help reduce your energy costs. With the mild climate and notorious fog, double-pane windows with insulating argon can keep Karl’s chill at bay.

  • Comparing Vinyl Wndows Comparing Vinyl Windows

    When replacing your windows, material should be one of your first considerations. Vinyl offers an affordable replacement option with very low maintenance requirements. When comparing wood vs vinyl windows, or fiberglass vs vinyl windows, consider the aesthetic gains against up-front cost, maintenance requirements and the style of your home in the city by the bay.

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Recommended Customizations1

Vinyl windows offer a more affordable option for upgrading your home’s aesthetic. You can match your favorite modern or traditional style with select grille patterns and hardware. Find more customizations here.


  • Pella® 250 Series Fold-Away Crank
  • Pella® 250 Series Cam-Action Lock
  • Pella® 250 Series Integrated Sash Lift
  • Pella® 250 Series AutoLock


  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Top Row Grille Pattern

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

San Francisco Climate Recommendations

On the coast of California, San Francisco’s climate is largely dictated by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The effect is a generally mild climate with moderate temperature swings, defined by typically moist winters and dry summers. But the sharp topography of San Francisco has resulted in a multitude of different microclimates, with colder winters and warmer summers to be found in areas farther inland from the coast.

rainy weather

Rainy Weather

With persistent fog year-round and rain and drizzle from November through March, consider investing in moisture-resistant window materials, such as vinyl.

Energy Efficiency with Low e

Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Windows with panes of glass with Low-E may help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and helping keep the heat in.

salty air

Salty Air

In coastal climates, the glass in your patio doors is more vulnerable to corrosion from the salt in the air. The closer your home is to the water, the more susceptible you are to the effects. Consider vinyl to help maintain the integrity of your doors.

Why Choose Pella?

Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

We Come to You

An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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Explore Your Options with an Expert

A Pella Windows & Doors of Northern California expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home — and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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