Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable solution for homeowners in the market for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end options, 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 continue to influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the proper 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, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that protects 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 small selection of colors, over time these past vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests create more means to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all results in a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to fret about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass placed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect 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 offer 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Eventually, 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.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great choice for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises style, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.