Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows still 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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, 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 small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests create further means to make sure that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish 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 fresh.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also key 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 offer outstanding 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. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, this can develop 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.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.