Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house.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, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames created 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 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 narrow range of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide more attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home protected. It all helps create 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.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist 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 offer excellent 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. The impact of seasonal weather can create minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, this can develop 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 evolved into a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises good looks, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.