Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows
Convenient 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 solutions, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional choice for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many old thoughts about vinyl windows still influence customers as they decide 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, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent 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 defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For years, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these past vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.
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 face laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on components spanning from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer more means to be certain that vinyl frames can face the weather while keeping your home energy efficient. It all results in a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.
With advancements in color retention, you won't have to be concerned about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking fresh.
Due to that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might inhibit the functionality of your window, and could affect 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 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 create insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer 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. Weather can create minor expansion and contraction in most 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 opening the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have become a great option for builders seeking a home replacement window that combines curb appeal, toughness 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, see what Pella vinyl windows bring.