Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect 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,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 narrow range of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 must withstand laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide additional means to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the weather 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 developing technology in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best 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 heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist 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 provide exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can create 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 operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises good looks, 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, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.