Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some popular 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further ways to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With developing technology 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 their best.
Because 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 damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring exceptional overall strength, thanks 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 all types of windows. At some point, 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 using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes good looks, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.