Virtues of vinyl windows and doors

Vinyl windows are a popular, energy-efficient choice for today’s homeowners. Vinyl now accounts for 67 percent of all conventional residential windows sold in the U.S., according to U.S. Window & Door market research, a joint project of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

Due to their excellent energy efficiency, durability, low maintenance, and overall value, vinyl products are an attractive option for new homeowners, those looking to renovate their home or replace their windows. But with the growing faction of environmentally-conscious consumers the question is, how does vinyl affect the environment?

Here are a few of the virtues of vinyl from Pella® Windows & Doors:

  • According to the Vinyl Institute, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the scientific name for vinyl, saves energy and reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It takes less energy to produce PVC than many polymer-based products and what most people don’t realize, its principal raw material is chlorine, which is derived from common salt.
  • Unlike oil-dependent polymer products, vinyl is less sensitive to oil price fluctuations because its key raw material, chlorine, is readily available and an inexpensive commodity.
  • Vinyl has the ability to be melted down and recycled many times over to create various building materials like window frames, non-pressure pipe, fencing, gutters and artificial Christmas trees. To find a vinyl recycler in your area, visit
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Vinyl Material Council reports that 80 percent of post-industrial vinyl is being reclaimed and recycled.
  • The total direct and indirect benefits to consumers’ use of PVC products in the U.S. and Canada totaled more than $20 billion according to the Vinyl Institute.  

Pella’s vinyl products save energy costs:

  • Homeowners who choose ENERGY STAR®-certified Encompass by Pella™ or ThermaStar by Pella® vinyl windows or patio doors can benefit from enhanced energy efficiency to help lower utility bills. In addition vinyl products from Pella can help cut down on landfill waste, due to the product’s long life cycle.
  • Pella’s vinyl products now offer a high performance Low-E glass option called SunDefense™. This highly energy-efficient glazing system is ideal for managing solar heat gain when blocking damaging Ultraviolet (UV) rays and reducing cooling costs is important. 
    • Pella’s product blocks 95 percent of UV light as compared to 44 percent for clear, insulating glass. In addition, Pella’s SunDefense provides excellent insulating properties to reduce heating costs.
    • Pella’s vinyl products will qualify for the new replacement window energy tax credits for home installations in 2009 and 2010 included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the economic stimulus bill.
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