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Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows

Tackling Common Questions About Vinyl Windows

Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable option for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once seen as low-end solutions, innovations in both window materials and production have made them an appropriate call for homeowners looking to bring more energy efficiency and style to their windows.

Many old ideas about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they choose whether vinyl windows are the correct fit for their project. Here’s a look at some common 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, including 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 excellent weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also increase aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that creates virtually invisible interior welded corners. The result is an affordable, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.

Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows could yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme climate.

Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when it comes to Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, during which the functions of windows are repeated thousands of times to check durability on parts ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Then, air, water and thermal tests create further ways to ensure that vinyl frames can withstand the weather while keeping your home protected. It all helps create a window that is robust and sturdy, with fade resistance and attractive exterior colors.

With improvements in color retention, you won't have to fret 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 right choice if you want to alter the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.

Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows increase protection against heat, cold and rain 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 important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can resist up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition 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 exceptional 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 lead to minor expansion and contraction in most 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 operating the window.

Certainly, vinyl windows have evolved into a great selection for builders wanting a home replacement window that promises style, durability and cost savings. Whether you’re building a new home, creating a room or just looking to replace your home windows with a window that impacts your energy efficiency, see what Pella vinyl windows offer.

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