In our previous blog post, we talked about the problems that San Antonio homeowners can encounter with their vinyl windows. Due to the intense summer heat we experience here, the vinyl material has a real issue with expanding and contracting. The result of that includes warped frames and broken seals, compromising the window’s energy efficiency and fogging up the glass panes. These problems can be somewhat minimized with a lot of modifications to the window, like steel bar reinforcements in the sash frames and chemical hardeners on the vinyl material, but if you’re looking for a permanent solution that is engineered specifically for and well-suited to this climate, you may want to consider Renewal by Andersen’s Fibrex windows.
Fibrex: A Deeper Look
Renewal by Andersen’s Fibrex material is a result of trying to find a better solution for window replacement materials. The Fibrex is a revolutionary composite made of three parts wood and one part polymer combined under heat and pressure and then extruded into frame lineals. To see some snippets of the window creation process, you can watch this video here. With a composite material, you get the benefits of multiple products without all the negative side effects of any as a stand-alone. With Fibrex you enjoy the strength, durability, energy efficiency, and the aesthetic appeal of wood, without the rot, decay, and maintenance issues that you typically would find in a wood window. As compared to vinyl alone, the Fibrex gives you a long lasting, consistently performing, durable solution with color choices other than bright white and beige. There is no need to worry about the effects of the South Texas sun that unfortunately will continue to blaze every summer.
Fibrex vs. Other Windows
I think that a good way to explain the available window choices on the market is to look at a similar comparison in the automobile industry. A very common statistic is to talk about the initial quality rating of the vehicle—how long it will hold up before needing to be replaced. Much is the same as far as windows go. You can have a window that performs great for three or four years, but then the performance deteriorates very rapidly after that point. I have yet to find a homeowner that tells me, “Hey Ryan, I would really like to do this window project again in 8 to 10 years; maybe trade up for something better when I am ready for it.” For all the work involved in replacing windows, people would much prefer a long-term, one time solution so they don’t have to do the project again.
The Cost of Fibrex Windows
As far as cost is concerned, vinyl windows are definitely more of a bargain price than Fibrex windows. If you’re looking for the cheapest window solution, then Fibrex windows are probably not right for you. However, the important thing to remember is that, although nothing in the window industry costs as little initially as vinyl, in the end they can become the most expensive windows on the market when you talk about having to replace your windows multiple times. This is where Andersen has raised the bar by creating the Fibrex material. They have used their one hundred and ten years of experience, innovation, and ingenuity to bring a solution to homeowners that are looking to do their window replacement project the right way the first time.
If you have any other questions about Renewal by Andersen Fibrex windows or vinyl windows, we’d be happy to help answer them. Feel free to contact us directly.