Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common 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, like 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 increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, 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 temperatures.
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, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create more attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements 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 clean.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to change 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 comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also vital 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring excellent 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. Weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Eventually, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines good looks, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.