Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to bring 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Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some popular questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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,® include frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer more attempts to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With developing technology 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.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct 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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed 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 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 offer outstanding 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. The impact of seasonal 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 to impact your room. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises style, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.