Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, innovations 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Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. 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 manufacturing 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 made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, 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 narrow range of colors, over time these past vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building 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 repeated thousands of times to check durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer additional ways to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes 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 impact the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital 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 excellent overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find 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 into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes style, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.