Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish looks 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 choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their home. 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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add 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 years, people saw 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 temperatures.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further attempts to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements 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.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, 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 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 outstanding overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines good looks, durability and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.