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 considered low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building 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 ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer further attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With improvements 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 clean.
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 impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used 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 inclusion 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 bring outstanding overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can create minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines good looks, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.