Convenient 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 considered low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional call for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their home. 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, like 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 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 years, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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 are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests provide more ways 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 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 damage the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against weather while keeping your home cozy, and can even result in lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed 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 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 bring exceptional overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can result in 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.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes style, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.