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 solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. 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 production 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 superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when it comes to 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 used thousands of times to prove durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer further attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
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 impact the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block 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, thanks 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in most 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 opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes style, strength 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.