Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular 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,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests create more ways to ensure that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, 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 takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Because 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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect 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 bring exceptional 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. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. At some point, 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 operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises good looks, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.