Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be a great choice for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames made 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 results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With developing technology 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 fresh.
Because 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 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 cozy, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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 bring outstanding 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. The impact of seasonal weather can create minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.