Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular 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,® consist of frames created 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 results in 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 some time, people thought of 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 key when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create more ways to be certain that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
As a result of 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also important 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 increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring outstanding overall strength, thanks 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 most types of windows. At some point, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, toughness 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, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.