Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. 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 created 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 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 considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
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 replicated thousands of times to prove durability on parts spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires 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 affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer exceptional overall strength, thanks to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises good looks, strength and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows has for you.