Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project.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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames created 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 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 saw 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 weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to test durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide more means to ensure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
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 inhibit the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides 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 use of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help create 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 cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, this can create 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 operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.