Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, improvements 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Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. 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,® feature frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer further attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology 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 clean.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to update 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 weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in 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 resist 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 exceptional overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.