Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, improvements 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Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some popular 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,® include frames crafted 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 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 saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range 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 vital 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. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests create more ways to make sure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in 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 inclusion 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, due 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 all types of windows. At some point, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows bring.