Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. 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 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 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 almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, 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 narrow range 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 considering 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 test durability on pieces ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide more means to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best 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 provide protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used 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 use 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 offer excellent overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines good looks, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.