Framing material is a vital building block of durable and energy-saving windows. The ideal one should resist the damaging effects of harsh elements, reduce heat loss and require little upkeep. Considering your many options, look for and invest in the one that offers a balance among beauty, durability, efficiency and maintenance.
In this post, window replacement expert Renewal by Andersen® of Denver discusses the difference between vinyl and Fibrex® windows.
The Downside of Vinyl Windows
- Prone to Warping. While vinyl windows can be tough and offer good weather resistance, they are susceptible to warping when directly exposed to the heat. The fact is that heat can build up inside the material, softening it and causing the frames to warp.
- Energy Loss. Because vinyl windows have a tendency to warp under extreme temperatures, they can create gaps in the frames where costly energy can leak outside. At the same time, outdoor air will find its way into your home via these same openings, compromising your home’s thermal comfort.
- Minimal Glass Area. To make up for the unexceptional strength of vinyl frames, they need to be thick to be structurally sound. Wide-jamb construction can affect the view, especially when the window opening isn’t large as it is.
- Noticeable Discoloration. Colored vinyl is notorious for fading while white vinyl is prone to yellowing. Although fade-resistant finishes exist now, they mean nothing if they don’t come with warranty protection.
What Fibrex Can Do?
- Improves Insulation
Compared with aluminum, Fibrex reduces thermal transfer 700-times better. It complements the remarkable insulating qualities of our argon gas blend and stainless steel spacer system. The combination of these three components is why our window replacement units are ENERGY STAR®-certified and have excellent ratings from the National Fenestration Rating Council.
- Retains Weathertightness
Our patented framing material maintains its structural rigidity and stability with extreme temperature changes, allowing it to preserve its weathertight seal. In fact, we guarantee our Fibrex components not to flake, blister, crack, peel, pit, corrode or rust for 20 years from their original installation date.
- Eases Maintenance Chores
Fibrex never needs painting. It’s exterior doesn’t lose its rich solid hue. It can endure whatever mother nature would throw at it and grow old without aging. Among many warranties, we provide 10-year coverage on its exterior color finish. It means you should not fade for at least one decade.
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