Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house.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 right 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,® include 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 results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that protects 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 limited amount of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are used thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer additional attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 create 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. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, 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 operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises good looks, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.