Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, 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Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common 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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital 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 used thousands of times to prove durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide additional ways to be certain that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide outstanding 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. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can create 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 opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines style, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.