Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish looks 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 appropriate pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames crafted 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 results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on parts including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology 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 best choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, 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 key 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 create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.