Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their house. Here’s a look at some common questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect 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 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 defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, 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 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 used thousands of times to test durability on pieces ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer additional means to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the elements while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and stylish exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to worry 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 update 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 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 placed 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 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 provide exceptional 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. The impact of seasonal weather can create minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can result in 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 operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that combines good looks, durability and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.