As is the case with most window materials, most vinyl windows look good and function well when they are newly installed. They can, however, become much more vulnerable to some long-term problems, most of which begin to appear after a few years or so. They may be economical compared to other window materials, they don’t always provide the best value.
Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, your local source of replacement windows, highlights the biggest problems associated with vinyl windows.
Expansion and Contraction
Vinyl windows tend to expand and contract when exposed to sudden temperature fluctuations. The weathertight seal surrounding them breaks as a result, with the gaps leaking heat out and the air in. This issue compromises the home’s energy efficiency and comfort levels.
Another common problem of vinyl windows is that they don’t stand up well to the heat. High temperatures can cause the frame material to sag. This issue can detract from the interior and exterior appeal of your home if left unaddressed.
Vinyl windows may come in a wide variety of colors, but the hues generally don’t last long. After a few years, the units succumb to the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared radiation, losing their vibrant, attractive appearance.
Why Fibrex® Beats Vinyl Everyday
With vinyl’s pronounced disadvantages, it would make sense to find a better alternative when searching for replacement double hung windows. Fibrex® is one such example. A patented wood-polymer composite from Renewal by Andersen®, it shares the best features of premium vinyl without the downsides.
Thanks to the material’s wooden component, it gives windows their rigidity and stability. In fact, a long-term durability study showed that Fibrex windows didn’t crack even after 20 years of exposure to Minnesota’s harsh climate. This proves that it can stand up against the elements without the likelihood of rot or corrosion.
Moreover, the extrusion process allows Fibrex windows to stay in great condition even after many years since their original installation. Colors are fused into the material, making it impossible to fade. In fact, we provide a 10-year coverage on its exterior color finish.
For your bay window replacement needs, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois and enjoy the benefits of Fibrex that you won’t find in any other window material. Call (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form to request a free in-home consultation. We serve residents in the following areas: Champaign, Galesburg and Bloomington, IL.