Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common 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 manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows might 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 face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on pieces ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests provide additional ways to be certain that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements 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.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against the elements 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 use 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 exceptional overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to 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 impact your room. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes good looks, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.