Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some popular questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring 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 years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, 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 needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to 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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, 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 key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition 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 excellent overall strength, thanks 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 many types of windows. Eventually, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.