Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked 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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames made 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 offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that defends 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 older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to prove durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide more means to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and stylish 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 fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to update 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 provide protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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 outstanding overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Eventually, this can result in 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 operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises curb appeal, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.