Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames made 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 defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could 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 must withstand laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide additional means to ensure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing 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 fresh.
Due to 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 invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, 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 key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist 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 provide exceptional overall strength, owing 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 cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes style, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.