Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate choice for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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 superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are used thousands of times to prove durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all helps create a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements 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 clean.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you 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 deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring excellent overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises style, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.