Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish windows 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 pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. 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, 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 superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in 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 considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when building 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 components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer further ways to ensure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right 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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed 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 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 offer excellent 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great choice 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 planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows bring.