Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. 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,® consist of 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 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 some time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests create more ways to make sure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right 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 invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also vital 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 increase 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 find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes good looks, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.