Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their home. 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 manufacturing 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 offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer further ways to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct 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 weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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 bring outstanding overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. 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 combines style, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.