Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end choices, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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 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 almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, 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 small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to test durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to ensure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive 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 fresh.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to update 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 the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 provide excellent 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 all types of windows. Over time, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.