Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder 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 perfect 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 excellent 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 protects 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 small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional ways to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
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 invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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 bring excellent 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. Weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines good looks, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.