Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some popular questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be a great choice for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection 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 considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand 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. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer additional attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires 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 alter 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 comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 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 bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can create minor expansion and contraction in many 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 using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.