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 considered low-end options, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to bring 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Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that protects 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 small selection 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 face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to prove durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide additional means to make sure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With advancements 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 their best.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass installed 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 create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide outstanding 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. The impact of seasonal weather can create minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.