Effortless 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, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house.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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including 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 increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, 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 limited amount of colors, over time these past vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage 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 cozy, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer excellent overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.