Vinyl is one of the most popular window materials. Here are some frequently asked questions we often get about vinyl windows.
How long do vinyl windows last?
Pollard Windows’ window and door products can last anywhere from 30 to 40 years with proper care and maintenance.
What are the main advantages of vinyl windows?
Pollard Windows & Doors proudly carries energy efficient vinyl windows which can help you save on your heating and cooling costs. Vinyl is strong, durable, resistant to rot and energy efficient. Vinyl requires minimal maintenance, has a low environmental impact, offers limitless design options and is affordable.
Why are vinyl windows so energy efficient?
Pollard Windows’ Advantage Line, Advantage PLUS & Liberty Collection windows include an air-tight design, helping to improve and regulate indoor air temperature and reduce air leaks. Our window design also incorporates insulated glass which means that there is minimal heat transference through the windows.
Are vinyl windows expensive?
Vinyl windows are an affordable window option when compared to other styles of windows. Although, the real cost-savings can be seen in your monthly energy bill. Our windows have earned the ENERGY STAR and help maintain a more comfortable and consistent indoor temperature, all year long.
Are vinyl windows a good option for a replacement project?
Replacing your windows with Pollard Windows’ Advantage Line, Advantage PLUS or Liberty Collection windows is smart choice! Our windows can be custom-sized to fit any opening and with our large selection of exterior colour choices and style options there’s a window to compliment any project. Also, our energy efficient windows can help you save money on heating and cooling costs throughout the year and also increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Do I have options for colours and styles?
Our Advantage windows products are available in four standard colours: Pearl White, Autumn Ivory, Silversand and Sable. Our Liberty Collection windows are available in Pearl White, Autumn Ivory, Silversand and Cocoa Brown. A selection of custom colours or custom colour-matching is also available. To see the available colours, ask a Pollard Windows & Doors representative.
What sizes of vinyl windows do you offer? Can I order custom?
Pollard Windows & Doors’ products are available in a vast number of standard sizes or they can be custom-sized to fit your next renovation or new construction project. To find out which window size and style is right for your space, contact your Pollard Sales Representative or Dealer.
What kind of damage are vinyl windows at risk for? Will they warp?
Pollard Windows all vinyl and vinyl clad wood windows are extremely durable and are resistant to peeling, cracking, warping, roting or fading. Thanks to their moisture-resistant, air-tight design and durable materials, regular basic maintenance will keep your vinyl windows lasting for decades.
How do I prevent and remove condensation on vinyl windows?
When your windows are properly installed and sealed, it minimizes heating and cooling loss, which is one of the main causes of condensation.
Here are some other tips to stop condensation from forming on your windows:
- Use an exhaust fan in kitchens and bathrooms, where a lot of moisture is often present
- Turn off humidifiers when they are not needed
- Make sure that rooms are well ventilated and that nothing is obstructing ventilation sources
- Allow air to circulate freely throughout your home every day
- Ventilate clothes dryers and cooking appliances to direct moisture outside
- Hang-dry clothing outside whenever possible
How can I clean the vinyl frame on my windows? What should I use?
Mix together a mild dish detergent and water solution and use a soft cloth to clean vinyl windows without damaging the surface. After washing, rinse the windows with clean water. For grease, mildew and other stubborn stains, use a household cleaner like Fantastik®, and rinse thoroughly. Wipe the window frames with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
What other regular maintenance will I need to provide my vinyl windows?
Regular maintenance will help keep your Pollard Windows & Door products looking like new! You should inspect the caulking on the exterior perimeter of your windows and patio doors at least once per year. The regular maintenance and lubrication of your windows’ moving parts will help prolong their lifespan. For best results, do not clean glass when it is exposed to direct sunlight. When cleaning your screen, it is best to remove the screen and lay it down on a flat surface. Learn more on maintaining the quality of your vinyl windows.
I live in an older home. Will vinyl windows fit my house?
Yes! Our vinyl windows are customizable, and our various colours and styles will help ensure that you find a design that suits the character of your older home.
When will I need to replace my vinyl windows?
Pollard’s vinyl windows can last anywhere from 30 to 40 years with proper care and maintenance. We encourage you to read our Care & Maintenance guide on our website for tips on how to keep your windows clean and operating smoothly for years to come.
Can I paint my vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made of PVC, and don’t require any painting. Pollard Windows offers vinyl windows in four standard neutral shades to match your home, as well as many other customizable colours. Painting the vinyl voids the warranty for Pollard Windows & Doors products.
Can I tint my vinyl windows?
Tinting your windows can reduce the effects of the sun by preventing the UV radiation from entering your space. Pollard’s Commercial Window Replacement & Installation service includes tinting as a glazing option.
What are some common issues or problems with vinyl windows I should be aware of and prepared for?
Pollard Windows & Doors has developed a comprehensive Troubleshooting Guide for you to reference common concerns and solutions.
How are vinyl windows better than wood?
Vinyl windows offer many advantages over wood – most notably the minimal maintenance that is required of vinyl windows. Because of exposure to the elements, wood windows need to be sanded, re-stained & coated or re-painted every few years. Vinyl windows are resistant to rotting, peeling & fading. Meaning their appearance will outlast wood. From an energy perspective, vinyl is superior to wood since the extruded frames of vinyl windows are hollow, allowing for foam insulation and therefore increased energy efficiency above wood windows.
How are vinyl windows better than aluminum?
The finish on vinyl windows is made from PVC and doesn’t require painting, which means these windows require nearly no maintenance. On average, vinyl windows are about 30% less expensive than aluminum windows. Vinyl windows also provide outstanding insulation and ENERGY STAR ratings in comparison to aluminum windows.
How are vinyl windows better than fiberglass?
Vinyl windows are similar in energy efficiency when compared to fiberglass windows. Fiberglass windows are more rigid and are a slightly better insulator but they come at a premium, the generally cost 30 % more than vinyl windows. A well-made vinyl frame with an ENERGY STAR qualified glazing will have be very energy efficient and have a better return on investment.
How do I install vinyl windows?
Our installation instructions are recommendations for typical construction only. Pollard strongly recommends that an experienced contractor, architect or structural engineer be consulted prior to installation. Reference our Window Installation Guide for installation instructions.
How can I repair my vinyl windows?
Regular maintenance will help keep your Pollard windows and doors looking like new! However, if you’re having issues with your windows, you can follow our Troubleshooting Guide for common concerns and solutions.
Are vinyl windows appropriate for all the rooms in my house?
Yes! Every room in your home can benefit from our energy-efficient vinyl windows which can help save on your heating and cooling costs. Vinyl windows are also durable, long-lasting, and require minimal maintenance.
Other Questions or Concerns?
If you still have any questions or concerns about our window and door products that we did not cover on this page, please feel free to reach out and contact us today.