Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be a great choice for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames created 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 offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range 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 important 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 repeated thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide further attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish 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 clean.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 addition 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 bring exceptional 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. Eventually, this can create 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 operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines style, durability and cost savings. 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, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.