Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including 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 bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 narrow range 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 key when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are used thousands of times to prove durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide more means to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires 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 update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact 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 result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide outstanding overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, this can result in 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 earned a place as a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises style, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing 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 has for you.