Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners in the market for stylish windows 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 appropriate choice for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home. 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, including 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 superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, 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 small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could 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 are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to prove durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with 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 be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against weather 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 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 outstanding overall strength, due 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, this can create 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 earned a place as a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises style, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.