Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, 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Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their home. 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,® feature frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior 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 protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key 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 used thousands of times to prove durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create more ways to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, 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 needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even bring you 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 block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 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 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 opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.