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 designs at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an excellent call for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date ideas about vinyl windows continue to influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their home. Here’s a look at some popular 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 top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also bring aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that safeguards 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 limited amount 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 key when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs must withstand laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on pieces spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests create more attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home comfortable. It all works to develop a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just requires 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 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 offer protection against the elements while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even lead to lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important 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 create 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. Seasonal changes can cause minor expansion and contraction in many types of windows. Over time, this can develop gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in operating the window.
Without a doubt, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes style, durability and affordability. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows bring.