Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of 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 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 limited amount 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 key when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are used thousands of times to test durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements 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 right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 excellent overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.