Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 narrow range of colors, over time these past vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on parts ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide more means to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right 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 provide protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 use 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 offer exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, 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 operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes style, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.