Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some frequently asked 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 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 protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide more attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned 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 correct choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide outstanding 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. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.