Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their home. 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, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames crafted 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 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 some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on parts ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create additional attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
As a result 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 impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also vital 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 increase 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 create minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes style, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.