Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, improvements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their project. Here’s a look at some frequently asked 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 manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that protects 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 small selection of colors, over time these older vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 must withstand laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional means to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With developing technology 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 update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even result in 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 block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the use 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 offer excellent overall strength, owing 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 create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. At some point, this can create 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 earned a place as a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that promises curb appeal, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.