Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. 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 manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames crafted 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 offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, 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 older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to test durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further ways to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best 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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 exceptional overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes style, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.