Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. Here’s a look at some popular 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are used 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 be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block 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 offer outstanding 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. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.