Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates 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 some time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to prove durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With advancements 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 their best.
Because of 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 increase 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 vital 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 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. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Eventually, 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 operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes style, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.