Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked 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,® include frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these past vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide additional means to make sure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, 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 takes 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 alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 offer excellent 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 all types of windows. Eventually, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises style, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.