One of the hardest decisions in any window replacement project is choosing the right window material. That’s because there are so many options available today. Each has their own unique features that offer different benefits. Despite this, it’s important to pick the right one as it will ultimately affect your property’s energy efficiency, utility and visual appeal.
If you’re having a hard time choosing the right window material for your home, don’t worry: you can consult Dreamstyle Remodeling! We’re the expert when it comes to windows and patio covers in Albuquerque. Here’s a quick rundown of two of the most popular window materials used today—Fibrex® and vinyl:
Vinyl is a good alternative to traditional window materials like wood and metal. Vinyl consists of a plastic material called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It is as tough as nails against the elements. It also has a high R-value, which means it offers a significant amount of insulation that can help in reducing your energy bills. To top it all off, vinyl windows are inexpensive. This may seem counterintuitive, considering wood is more expensive yet vinyl is its direct upgrade.
Vinyl also requires less maintenance than wood, which is great if you don’t enjoy cleaning your exterior. However, vinyl does tend to fade a lot faster. As a result, it’s not a great option if you live in an area with a volatile climate. Dips and rises in temperature along with bouts of rain and heat will cause your vinyl window frames to lose its luster fast.
This is an innovative material developed by Andersen Corporation, the leaders when it comes to windows. It consists of 40% wood fiber and 60% thermoplastic polymer, both of which are reclaimed during the manufacturing processes. Fibrex is also one tough customer against the elements, ensuring you of durability and longevity. Its stability, which it derives from wood, and the low-maintenance properties it gets from thermoplastics also give it heat resistance superior to wood and vinyl. As a result, it’s the best window frame material if your new replacement windows will be exposed to a lot of sunlight. Double-hung windows, in particular, will benefit from this increased heat resistance.
Why Fibrex is the Better Option
Although vinyl is a low-cost option, Fibrex is more energy-efficient and a lot more durable. In fact, it can resist decay, rot and fungal growth; it won’t flake, blister, peel or corrode. Moreover, Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl, which means that it can last longer than other window materials. In addition, Fibrex can block thermal transfer nearly 700-times better than aluminum. This means that it can significantly help in reducing your heating and cooling bills.
Additionally, the innate strength and durability of this composite material allows us to make narrower window frames without compromising strength. This makes it a great choice for windows with large glass areas that you want to maximize, such as sliding, double-hung windows and casement windows. This composite material also lasts a longer time, making it a great long-term choice for your windows.
To make the most of Fibrex windows, contact us at Dreamstyle Remodeling. Aside from windows and patio doors, we also offer other home improvement products and services, including bathroom and kitchen remodeling, sunrooms, hot tubs and swim spas and patio covers–such as Alumawood lattice–in Albuquerque, NM.
Choose Dreamstyle Remodeling for all your home improvement needs! We’ll install your new windows and help you pick the best patio covers for your exterior, too. Get in touch with us today.