Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish designs 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 exceptional pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. Here’s a look at some common 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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including 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 top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on parts ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer more ways to be certain that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing 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.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 inclusion 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 excellent overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.