Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows
Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners searching for stylish looks at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once thought of low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many outdated assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their home.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 manufacturing has come a long way. Vinyl windows, such as the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® consist of frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for superior weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers practically invisible interior welded corners. The result is a cost-effective, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to test durability on pieces including everything from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer additional attempts to be certain that vinyl frames can deal with the weather while keeping your home protected. It all works to develop 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 requires a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
Because of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to update the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against the elements while keeping your home comfortable, 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 key to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 outstanding overall strength, due 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 all types of windows. Over time, this can result in 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.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have earned a place as a great choice for builders seeking a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, durability and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, designing a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows offer.