A Comparison and Review of Andersen's Fibrex Material
One of the growing demands for information and supplies is for Andersen's Fibrex Windows which are the windows found in their 100 Series. What exactly is Fibrex® material? How does it compare to other window materials out there, such as vinyl? How much does Fibrex windows cost? All these questions are valid and very important questions to ask, and Brennan Windows hopes to answer them in this blog post today.
What is Fibrex?
Renewal by Andersen's Fibrex windows are composite windows made in one part polymer combined with three parts wood. Basically vinyl meets wood (the two leading window materials bought still) to make an amazingly durable and efficient window. The wood makes Fibrex strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing while the polymer allows Fibrex to be low maintenance and energy efficient. For Texas, our hot summers will be cooled from the effects of Fibrex windows keeping your home from overheating, keeping your energy bills low as well. You may think the combination of wood and PVC seems irrational, but Fibrex material is:
- 2x as strong as vinyul, so weathertight seals stay weathertight
- Retains Stability and ridigity in all climates
- Color is blended during production for long-lasting beauty
- Rot, decay, and fungal growth resistant
- guaranteed (with a limited warranty) to not flake, blister, peel, pit or corrode
Check out this video on Andersen's 100 Series Fibrex windows:
Additionally, Fibrex® is environmentally responsible. Want to know how?
The Green Commitment
Andersen blends 40% wood fiber by weight, mostly reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing processes, with 60% thermoplastic polymer by weight, some of which is also reclaimed. Pre-consumer Fibrex material is also reclaimable. Additionally, Fibrex material blocks thermal transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum to help reduce heating and cooling bills. VOC emissions are reduced because no wood preservative treatments or painting is required. You can enjoy your Fibrex windows with the peace of mind that much of its material is reclaimed, less VOC emissions are used, and more energy is being conserved.
Fibrex VS Vinyl - How do they compare?
As we mentioned before, Fibrex is a composite material made from polymer and wood. The point of creating a composite window is to get the best of each material: vinyl is low maintenance and very energy efficient, wood is beautiful and durable. Therefore, you can expect highly durable and very beautiful windows from a Fibrex window compared to a typical vinyl window. Don't get us wrong, vinyl windows can still be durable and beautiful, but not to the same level. Likewise, wood windows are still subject to rotting, fungal growth, and the like without the additional vinyl properties Fibrex includes. Bottom line? Composite windows are probably the future window material go to, simply because they provide more pros than cons. But wait, does this composite mixture mean my costs are double the price?
The Cost of Fibrex Windows
If you're going for simply the lowest of costs, vinyl windows are going to be your best window material choice. Vinyl windows give you the most initial bang for your buck, but in the long run they can be quite expensive given the likely speed at which you will have to once again repair or replace your windows. Fibrex windows are not the cheapest out there initially, but in the long run it could save you in terms of not having to replace them again as fast as vinyl may need. Additionally, their energy efficiency can also help you save money.
For more information or questions, feel free to browse our webpages on Andersen's Fibrex windows, or give us a call at 972-919-0234 and we can help answer any questions you might have. We offer free, in-home estimates which can be scheduled by phone or with our contact form. Click here to fill out a form and we'll call you to schedule a free estimate. Brennan Windows is BBB A+ Rated home exterior remodeling company that has been servicing North Texas for over 30 years. We're here to help you.