Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. Here’s a look at some popular 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, such as 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 excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates 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 years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide more attempts 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 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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect 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 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. Seasonal changes can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Eventually, this can result in 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 opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes style, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.