Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. 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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as 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 top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers 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 saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these past vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer further ways to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive 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 clean.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best 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 void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against the elements while keeping your home cozy, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also key 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 provide excellent 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 create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help prevent window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great selection for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises good looks, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.