Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house.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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide additional ways to be certain that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, 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 needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage 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 result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed 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 addition of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer exceptional overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, 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 operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes good looks, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.