Wondering what’s the best window frame material for your New Jersey or New York home? There are a number of popular window frame choices on the market these days — from traditional wood, to low-cost vinyl, to composite frames that promise the best of both worlds – but which one is right for you?
While wood has been a traditional window frame material for centuries, it does require a lot of maintenance to keep it looking, and performing well, for many years. Vinyl is popular because it’s cheap and low maintenance, but it’s also weak and has issues with extreme movement between temperature extremes.
Of course, Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement windows are custom-built with high-performance materials and quality craftsmanship. We recommended our patented window frame material called Fibrex. Here are a few reasons why.
- Fibrex frames are super strong and resistant to even the harshest winter weather Mother Nature throws at us throughout the seasons. Plus, without any special preventative measures, these super-frames will never rot, mold, mildew, fade or develop rust.
- In conjunction with modern, energy-efficient glazing, composite frames virtually block all moisture and air leakage. After updating your existing windows, you should never have to worry about moisture damaging window sills and trim. Even high-quality replacement windows may develop minor condensation, but there are some simple steps you can take to control indoor condensation.
- Reclaim your free time with beautiful maintenance free window frames. Wood frames are sturdy and stable, but it takes a lot of time to keep them in good shape. Fibrex window frames never need resurfacing to maintain their original luster and beauty. You can spend more time enjoying the view and less time creating an attractive view for people driving by your New Jersey or metropolitan New York home.
- The materials in Fibrex, (vinyl and wood composite) improves energy-efficiency for the complete window unit, giving you an opportunity to reduce annual heating and cooling costs. How much you will save depends on many things such as how well your home is sealed, how often you open your windows for ventilation and whether you have sufficient insulation in the attic and walls. Fibrex material is far superior to aluminum frames when it comes to thermal conductivity performance and about equal to wood or vinyl.
- Thermal expansion rates mimic your home’s exterior material better than vinyl. Compared to plastic frames, Fibrex has a very small thermal expansion rate. This means as the temperature heats up and cools off, your new frames will not warp, twist or bend at a rate that exceeds the wood, brick, stucco or shingles on your home. In other words, you won’t have to worry about the frame separating, which could result in gaps that create air and moisture leaks.
Side-by-Side Replacement Window Frame Material Comparisons
Below is a quick look at how wood, metal, vinyl and Fibrex compare as window framing materials.
It’s not impossible to get a vinyl window that is rigid enough to hold up under the weight of glass window panels. However, to accomplish this you need to build windows with thicker frames for structural support. This usually results in bulky frames and smaller viewing areas. With vinyl clad wood frames, or Fibrex frames you age the stability you want and thinner frames that expand, not shrink your viewing area, depending on which replacement window style you choose.
Whether you prefer sliding windows or casement windows, you want the option to capture the largest viewing area possible. When you select vinyl frames you don´t have as many options unless you´re willing to have those bulky frames, because the weight of glass naturally makes unsupported vinyl sag or warp. The question for every homeowner is ¨What are you willing to give up during the customization phase?¨ Are bulky frames ok? Are you willing to lose some free time to repaint the wood frames every year? We believe that with Fibrex frames, you don´t have to give up anything in order to get beautiful, high-performance home windows. And, why should you?
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows Give You Options You Deserve
When it comes to updating your New Jersey or New York Metro home windows, we don´t think you should have to compromise. You and your family deserve high-quality replacement windows designed around your lifestyle and your home. If you want more information about replacement window styles, framing materials or Energy Star labeled glass options, just fill in the form on this page to request a brochure. If you want information now, simply dial our toll-free number, 1-888-826-2451 to speak to a professional window consultant.
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- The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
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