Convenient 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 seen as low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows continue to 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, such as 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 superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers 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 years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these older vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
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 are subjected to 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 offer additional means to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all helps create 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 requires 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 right 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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 use 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, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most 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 operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines good looks, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.