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 considered low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate 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Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some popular 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when considering 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 check durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer further means to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises good looks, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.