Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option 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 excellent 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Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. 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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers 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 a long time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key 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 pieces ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer more attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to change 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 increase 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 installed 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 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 bring exceptional overall strength, due 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. 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 choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises good looks, durability and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.