Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, 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 old assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. 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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like 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 excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people thought of 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 climate.
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, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to prove durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer further ways to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the weather 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 advancements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to alter 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 offer protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide excellent overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can develop 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 promises good looks, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.