Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they choose 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 a great choice for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as 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 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 considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection 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 vital when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are used thousands of times to prove durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide more attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop 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 be concerned 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 update 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 offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used 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 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 exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes 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 seep in. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes good looks, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating 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.