Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, 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Many out-of-date assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house.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 a great choice for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production 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 offers practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, 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 small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important 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 repeated thousands of times to check durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create additional ways to make sure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish 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.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to alter 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 weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide 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. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can develop 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 using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises style, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.