Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish looks 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 appropriate pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house.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 a great choice 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 crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent 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 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 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 key when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional ways to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements 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.
Due to 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 damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer exceptional overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.