Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house.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 a great choice for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like 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 bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates 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 considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create further means to ensure that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With improvements 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 their best.
Because 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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect 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 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. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, this can result in 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 operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes good looks, durability and cost effectiveness. 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 bring.