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Pella Offers Two New ADA Options
When it comes to having it all, Pella Impervia fiberglass is an overachiever. Pella Impervia products are engineered for the rigorous performance requirements of a commercial building and now have options that meet ADA requirements.
Pella’s Impervia sliding patio door features the lowest standard sill design in the industry.* The low-profile sill is 45% lower than an average sill, helping to reduce a tripping hazard.** The optional accessibility sill filler enables ADA specifications to be met. The sill filler is designed to reduce the change in height of the sill and achieve the necessary slope requirements. 32” clear opening standard size widths are available in 2-panel and 3-panel configurations starting at 79.875” wide. The newly designed patio door has been tested to outlast 100,000 cycles, the equivalent to opening your door three times a day for more than 91 years.
When paired with the Easy-Slide Operator, the optional Accessibility Lock Lever enables ADA specifications to be met on Pella Impervia casement and awning windows. The patent pending Easy-Slide Operator was awarded 2021 Best Window & Door Product by the International Builders’ Show. The design combination of the Easy-Slide Operator with the Accessibility Lock Lever keeps operational forces during the lock/unlock and open/close motion under 5 pounds. The accessibility lock lever is a 6 inch curved design that provides the leverage needed to easily lock and unlock the window.
*Pella Impervia sliding patio door sill height is lower than the standard sill heights of all leading national brands. High performance refers to air, water and structural performance.
**Based on Impervia standard sill vs. the average sill height of sliding door sills of leading national brands.
Sienna Wegehaupt, AIA, NCARB is the Lead Architect at Puetz Design+Build in Mitchell, SD and a member of the AIA South Dakota Board of Directors. She received her B.Arch from South Dakota State University in 2014 and her M.Arch from the University of Minnesota in 2016.