Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their home. 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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital 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 repeated thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide more attempts to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct 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 invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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, owing 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Eventually, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes style, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.