Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. 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, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that protects 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 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 vital 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 replicated thousands of times to prove durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional ways to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing 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 their best.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer excellent overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, this can result in 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.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines good looks, durability and cost savings. 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.