Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames made 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 offers practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 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 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 used thousands of times to prove durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer more means to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Because 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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition 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, due 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 create minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes style, toughness and affordability. 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.