Vinyl Windows Frequently Asked Questions
Vinyl is one of the most popular window materials. Here are some frequently asked questions we often get about vinyl windows. If you don’t find an answer to your question please contact us!
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.
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.
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.
Replacing your windows with Pollard Windows’ Advantage Line, Advantage PLUS or Liberty Collection windows is the 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.
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.
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.
Pollard Windows all vinyl and vinyl clad wood windows are extremely durable and are resistant to peeling, cracking, warping, rotting or fading. Thanks to their moisture-resistant, air-tight design and durable materials, regular basic maintenance will keep your vinyl windows lasting for decades.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to be very energy efficient and have a better return on investment.
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.
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.
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.
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