Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, innovations 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Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window creation 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 superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates 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 some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional ways to make sure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
As a result of 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 increase protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.