Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. 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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some 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 could 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, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer additional means to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the weather 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 developing technology 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 their best.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to update 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 heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed 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 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 bring outstanding overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, this can develop 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 using the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.