Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish designs 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 exceptional pick 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Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect 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,® feature frames created 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 creates 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 years, people saw 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 considering 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 prove durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests create additional attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With advancements 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 right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block 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 provide 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. Seasonal changes 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 into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows bring.