Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners in the market for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their project. 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 top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme temperatures.
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, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests offer more means to ensure that vinyl frames can face the seasons while keeping your home protected. 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 requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right 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 increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important 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 create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to bring outstanding overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also find strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Over time, this can develop 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 using the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes good looks, strength and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.