Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect 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,® consist of frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates 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 some time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when it comes to 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 check durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer more ways to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. 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 be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Due to 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 impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides 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 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 bring outstanding overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can result in 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 opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. 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 bring.