Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home.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 frequently asked 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 created 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 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 years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building 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 check durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide more ways to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
As a result 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to 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 block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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 outstanding overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows bring.