When getting new windows, one of the first things you should consider is the material. The right window replacement option will not only improve your home’s appearance but also boost its protection against the elements and its energy efficiency. While vinyl is among the most popular materials today, Renewal by Andersen®’s Fibrex® material outperforms it in different aspects.
Read on for a quick comparison of these two materials.
Size and Shapes
Fibrex is so strong that it can be made in different styles and thinner frames. It can be slimmer than vinyl frames but still support the same glass size. If you want to enjoy a more expansive view of the outdoors through your windows, Fibrex is a better choice than vinyl.
If you live in an area that experiences a lot of temperature changes, you must choose doors and windows that offer resistance against wear and tear. Shifting temperatures can cause distortion and warping in window frames due to thermal expansion and contraction. Vinyl is more prone to this problem, while Fibrex can withstand higher temperatures. In fact, vinyl expands twice as fast as Fibrex®.
With sufficient insulation, you can stay comfortable indoors no matter the conditions outside. Insulation can also improve your home’s energy efficiency, helping you save on your utility costs. Moreover, both vinyl and Fibrex are significantly more energy-efficient than aluminum, which is also a popular residential window frame material.
Manufacturers usually use “virgin” plastic when producing vinyl frames, meaning vinyl windows utilizes 100 percent new materials. On the other hand, Fibrex consists of reclaimed materials, helping reduce the number of materials that end up in landfills. It means that Fibrex is more sustainable than vinyl.
Choose an experienced home improvement contractor for your window replacement project like Renewal by Andersen of Kansas. Call us at (913) 385-1300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in Kansas City and the surrounding communities.