Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. 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 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 made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, 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 small selection 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 considering 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 replicated thousands of times to check durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer more attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to worry 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 correct 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 provide protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block 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 bring excellent 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 many types of windows. Eventually, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises style, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.