Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house.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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide additional means to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
As a result of 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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect 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 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 cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises style, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.