Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common 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, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could 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, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to make sure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and durable, 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 needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Because of 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 damage 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 comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring excellent 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. Weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, 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.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes good looks, toughness and affordability. 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 has for you.