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Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows

Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows

Convenient 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 seen as low-end options, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.

Many old assumptions about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the proper fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be perfect for your home.

What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® feature frames created from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase 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 some time, people saw vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows would potentially yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.

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, where the functions of windows are used thousands of times to prove durability on parts ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests offer more means to be certain that vinyl frames can withstand the weather while keeping your home comfortable. It all results in a window that is robust and durable, 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 takes 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 void your warranty.

Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows offer protection against weather while keeping your home enjoyable, and can even bring you 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 block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the inclusion 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 bring excellent 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 create minor expansion and contraction in all types of windows. Eventually, this can create gaps in your window frame, allowing more air into your home. Welded corners help reduce window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in opening the window.

Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that includes good looks, strength and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, see what Pella vinyl windows has for you.

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