Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, improvements 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 assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window manufacturing 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 crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key 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 used thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide additional means to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Because of 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 damage the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 provide outstanding overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can create minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, this can develop 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 using the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises curb appeal, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.