Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners looking for stylish looks 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 choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their home. 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 production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including 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 bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that defends 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 older vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are used thousands of times to test durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs 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 damage the functionality of your window, and could void 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 plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition 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 outstanding 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. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes style, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.