Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, advancements 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Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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,® consist of frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase 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 years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when considering 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 repeated thousands of times to check durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further attempts to make sure that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
As a result of 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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist 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 bring excellent overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, 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 become a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises curb appeal, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.