Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, advancements 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Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked 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, 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 excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further ways to be certain that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs 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 alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also key 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer 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. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises good looks, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.