Convenient to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, 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 old assumptions about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. 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 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 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 a long time, people considered vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could 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 are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to prove durability on components including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests create further ways to make sure that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With developing technology in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just takes a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking their best.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the correct 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 increase protection against heat, cold and rain while keeping your home cozy, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame provides energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also vital to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist 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 exceptional 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 most types of windows. At some point, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to seep in. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Certainly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great option for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines good looks, toughness and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just planning to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.