Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. 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 manufacturing 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 excellent 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 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 limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further attempts to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing 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 clean.
As a result of 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 impact 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 comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also vital 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 bring excellent overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows bring.