Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer additional attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows bring.