Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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,® consist of frames made 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 safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, 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 might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building 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 repeated thousands of times to test 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 face the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create 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 requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct 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 heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used 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 use of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer excellent 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. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.