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Vinyl Window Options for Your Philadelphia Home

posted by Jennifer Erisman on June 07, 2022 in Philadelphia

Home exterior with white, vinyl double-hung windows with screens

There are many different materials used to make window frames. However, there is one material that's the most budget-friendly and still offers the benefits and features that homeowners want in a window: vinyl window frames.

Let’s dive into the different vinyl window and door options you can choose from to reach your home improvement goals.

Benefits of Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are a high-quality, affordable option for your home’s windows and doors.

Our vinyl windows offer additional benefits, such as exceptional performance and improved strength with our multi-chambered frames. These pockets help slow heat transfer and provide extra support for your window. With these features and our ENERGY STAR certifications, your vinyl windows will achieve exceptional energy efficiency helping you lower your utility bill and environmental impact.

For example, we replaced old windows on a Woodbury, NJ home with new energy-efficient vinyl windows. Our Pella Expert Installers were also able to replace the shutters on the old windows with the color they wanted. These changes led to an improvement in both looks and performance.

Vinyl windows are also a great option for those looking for a low-maintenance window. Our windows are easy to care for and will never require repainting or refinishing. Our vinyl windows are made to last and have been tested to ensure long-lasting performance. Our precision welding process helps ensure that your vinyl windows will resist warping or twisting over time. With our affordable vinyl windows, you can get all the windows that you want for your home without sacrificing longevity or style.

Another beautiful example of our vinyl windows in action is this home in Mantua, NJ — the homeowners wanted to update the rest of their home's windows after splurging on a wood bay window. We were able to meet their budget and maintenance needs by installing our vinyl double-hung windows.

Overall, vinyl windows are a budget-friendly option that offers many benefits, like excellent weathering, versatile style, durability and color retention. 

Playroom with white Pella vinyl double-hung windows with screens

Popular Vinyl Window Types

At Pella, we offer a variety of window types made with vinyl. These include popular window types like single-hung, double-hung and casement windows.

Single-hung windows are an affordable option and a classic look. These windows open from the bottom sash to provide ventilation, and the top sash is stationary. Single-hung windows are practical and efficient. This easy-to-operate window type is also compatible with most home styles, including in historic homes. Single-hung windows are can be made in various sizes and shapes to fit your home.

Double-hung windows are the most popular window style found in American homes. Double-hung windows differ from single-hung windows in that both of the sashes are operable. The double-hung window sashes can also tilt inwards to give you easy access to cleaning the window's exterior; this is especially useful for second-story windows. Along with the additional operable sash, double-hung windows offer enhanced airflow and ventilation.

This popular and easy-to-use window also complements many home styles and has a timeless style that will last for years to come. For example, we work on many historic homes in and around Philadelphia. We helped a Philadelphia homeowner replace their old windows with new vinyl double-hung windows that are low-maintenance and energy-efficient. We were able to keep the original window trim to preserve its historical value and aesthetic.

With our single- and double-hung vinyl windows, you can also get our new hidden screen, ideal for the changing seasons. This screen is there when you need it and disappears when you don’t.

Casement windows are commonly chosen for their ample glass space. This type of vertical window is hinged on one side and opens outward with the turn of a handle. The glass space and operation of casement windows allow for uncluttered views and optimal natural lighting. In addition, because the entire sash opens, your home will also have increased ventilation and airflow. 

For example, we did a full-frame replacement to remove the damage surrounding the old windows when we upgraded and installed new vinyl casement windows in this Newark, PA, home. These new windows improved the home’s aesthetic and overall energy efficiency. Casement windows are also great in combination with other window types like picture windows and bow windows.

Vinyl sliding patio door

Vinyl Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors are a popular choice for homes in Philadelphia. These patio doors give you easy access to your backyard or patio area from inside your home. Sliding doors have large glass panes that can boost natural light while also providing unobstructed views of the outdoors.

For operation, one sash glides along a track within the frame. Since the door doesn't swing outward, you're able to have more useable space in your home and on your patio. Vinyl sliding patio doors are a low-maintenance, energy-efficient option for your home. With our vinyl sliding doors, you get beautiful craftsmanship and a strong, durable door. You also get innovations and security with an optional integrated footbolt to meet the industry requirements for forced entry. With these doors, you can also add between-the-glass blinds for extra privacy and convenience in controlling the light coming in. The between-the-glass blinds on these patio doors were also certified Best for Kids because they are a cordless option.

For example, these homeowners in Quakertown, PA had an old patio door that wasn’t energy efficient and wasn’t letting in enough natural light. Our team installed our vinyl sliding patio door with built-in blinds to give them control over how much light they wanted to enter their home. The gridless sliding patio door also offered a clear view of their patio.

Along with peace of mind and comfort and exceptional energy efficiency, our sliding patio doors have style flexibility with a two-, three- or four-panel configuration and a wide range of colors to choose from.

Vinyl windows and doors are an excellent option for many homeowners; they suit any home style, offer many benefits and are compatible with many accessories.

Schedule a free in-home consultation to see our window and door options and get inspired.

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*Based on a 2020 survey of leading window brands among homeowners.