Traditionally, choosing the ideal frame material for replacement windows involves some compromise. Wood remains the ideal choice for beauty, strength, and insulation, but is susceptible to the effects of moisture and extreme temperatures and takes a significant amount of effort to clean and maintain. Vinyl frames, on the other hand, require almost no maintenance, but easily expands and contracts, which leads to drafts and diminished energy efficiency.
Fortunately, our parent company Andersen® Corporation has developed Fibrex® material, a composite
of wood fibers and polymer. Developed in a span of over 30 years, Fibrex material has since become the material used on all our replacement windows, and it offers the following benefits:
It’s strong – Window frames have to be strong enough to withstand daily exposure to outside conditions, year in and out. Fibrex has been tested to be twice as strong as vinyl and on par with wood frames thanks to its wood fiber content. It’s also guaranteed not to crack, pit, corrode, or rot.
It stays beautiful – Fibrex can hold deep wood grain patterns, thanks to its thick outer layer. The wood fiber content also makes our interior wood finish options stainable: perfect for matching your wood interior trim and furniture.
It needs virtually no maintenance – Homeowners who’ve only ever had vinyl windows know how incredibly convenient it is. Washing them with a garden hose is all that needs to be done: no brushes, no chemicals, no extended climbing. Our Fibrex material frames are equally convenient to clean. Plus, our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options feature a metal oxide coating that causes the water to slide off the surface and reduce 99% of water spots. Our double-hung window sashes can be tilted from the inside, making the best window replacement style for upper stories.
It’s energy-efficient – Our Fibrex material frame is designed for superior insulation that’s on par with wood windows. When combined with our High-Performance Low-E4 glass options, it helps prevent thermal loss, which reduces your indoor cooling and heating requirements, resulting in lower energy bills.
It’s sustainable – Environmentally concerned homeowners will be happy to know that our Fibrex material frames and sashes contain up to 40% wood fiber by weight, reclaimed from our parent company’s wood window manufacturing facilities. Likewise, our High-Performance Low-E4 glass is made from a minimum of 12% reclaimed glass by weight.
All these features add up to the ideal window replacement material that’s suitable for a long-term investment. To know more about Fibrex material frames, call Renewal by Andersen® of Omaha and Lincoln today at (402) 513-2828 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve Omaha, NE and nearby areas.