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Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows

Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows

Easy to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end options, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate pick for homeowners looking to add more energy efficiency and style to their windows.

Many old thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they ponder whether vinyl windows are the right 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 creation has come a long way. Vinyl windows, like the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames crafted from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that results in virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that protects your home from the elements.

Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For some time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a narrow range of colors, over time these older vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.

Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is key when considering Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs face laboratory cycle testing, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to check durability on components ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Additionally, air, water and thermal tests offer more attempts to ensure that vinyl frames can face the elements while keeping your home energy efficient. It all works to develop a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and attractive 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.

As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the best choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might impact the functionality of your window, and could invalidate your warranty.

Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame can impact energy efficiency, the glass installed in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can deflect 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 offer outstanding overall strength, due to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also draw strength from fully welded sashes and frames. Seasonal changes can lead to minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, 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 using the window.

Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders looking for a home replacement window that includes curb appeal, toughness and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just looking to replace your home windows with something more energy efficient, check out what Pella vinyl windows has for you.

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