Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house.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 right for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as 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 top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests create further ways to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret 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 change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital 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 outstanding overall strength, thanks 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises good looks, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.