Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish designs 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 appropriate choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect 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 created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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, , which means the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer more means to be certain that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring exceptional overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can create minor expansion and contraction in many 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 operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.