Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish designs 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 excellent pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their home. 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 manufacturing 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 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 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 some time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests create additional means to make sure 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 improvements 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 fresh.
As a result of 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 offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition 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 provide excellent 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. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, this can develop 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.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes good looks, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.