Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish windows 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 excellent call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular 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 almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range 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 important when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests create more attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop 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 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 alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer excellent 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can create 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 become a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, toughness and affordability. 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 has for you.