Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional 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 popular 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, 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 add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates 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 narrow range of colors, over time these past vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to prove durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With improvements 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 their best.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital 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 provide outstanding overall strength, owing 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. At some point, this can develop 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 opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines good looks, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.