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Homeowner's Guide to Vinyl Windows

Your vinyl window replacement and installation questions answered.

Known for their easy care, energy-efficient features, vinyl Pella windows come in a variety of styles to give you exceptional performance and curb appeal. Today, we’re answering your top questions regarding vinyl replacement windows to help make the product selection process easy and smooth from start to finish.

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Vinyl Window Advantages

The advantages of vinyl windows are plenty. Our 250 and 350 Series vinyl windows were recognized per the ENERGY STAR branding guide as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR 2019, a distinction recognizing products that deliver cutting edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation.

Pella’s exclusive energy-saving system of triple-pane glass (which is 54-83% more energy efficient than single-pane windows11), insulating foam, and frames made up of up to 18 insulating air chambers (significantly more than ordinary vinyl) deliver a result worthy of the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation.

Vinyl Window Models

As our most energy efficient vinyl model, our 350 Series line is up to 83% more efficient compared to single-pane windows.11 SmoothSeam interior welded corners give this style a more premium look inside and out, while 11 eye-catching exterior colors help you design a custom look for your home. Available styles include awning, casement, double-hung, single-hung and sliding windows.

250 Series windows are also available in a variety of colors and are up to 77% more energy efficient than single-pane windows.12 Their multichambered frames and reinforced sashes also make them 52% stronger than ordinary vinyl.13 Available styles include awning, casement, double-hung, single-hung and sliding windows.

As our third vinyl window line, Encompass by Pella offers affordable windows that are easy to care for. The energy efficient benefits are also beyond what you can get with standard new windows. Available styles include double-hung, single-hung and sliding windows.

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Vinyl Window Construction

As mentioned above, our exclusive SmoothSeam welded corners are virtually invisible on our 350 Series line, yet strong and durable. This window frame construction adds more design appeal to your home than what the typical vinyl window offers. A beveled edge adds to the overall sophisticated look, which is similar to what you would get with wood windows.

Vinyl Window Maintenance

If your vinyl window is in need of repair, the first step is to request a service visit. During the visit, a service representative can diagnose the problem and determine how to fix things. Should you choose to do the window repair yourself, always make sure you remove the outer sash that holds the window in place.

Vinyl Window Replacement

When replacing windows, there are two installation methods to choose from. The first is called a pocket installation. In this method, only the sash of the old window is removed and the new window slides neatly into the existing frame. This is a great option if you want to try and preserve existing trim.

A full-frame installation method removes the entire window, including the window frame and trim. This method allows for greater design flexibility, as you can change not only the window, but also the frame and trim colors and styles.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation today and learn more about vinyl windows for your home.

This article was written by

Kolbie Creger, Social Media Specialist

An Instagram enthusiast and tiny house fanatic, Kolbie is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on social media and brand strategy. In true Iowa fashion, her free time varies by season. You can find her in the gym coaching high school basketball throughout the winter, attempting to roller blade through downtown Des Moines in the spring, and sipping iced coffee on the back of a boat every other chance she gets.

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