Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish looks 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 choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some common 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, such as 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 top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 small selection of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide more attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs 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 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also important 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide exceptional overall strength, due 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 develop 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 using the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines style, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.