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 options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right 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,® include frames crafted 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 results in almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is important 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 used thousands of times to check durability on pieces ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests create additional ways to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the elements while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With improvements 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 clean.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could affect your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide 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 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 provide insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to provide exceptional 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. The impact of seasonal weather can lead to minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Eventually, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that promises curb appeal, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just planning to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.