Wood is a classic building material. For hundreds of years, windows were made from wood and glass. When people think of windows, many imagine a wood frame and glass panes. Though wood is still a common enough window material, it does have significant drawbacks.
Fibrex is a Renewal by Andersen exclusive product that’s stronger than vinyl and lower-maintenance than wood. All Renewal by Andersen window frames are made of Fibrex instead of wood – and for good reason. The durability, longevity and easy maintenance of Fibrex makes Renewal by Andersen windows the preferred product for many homeowners.
Wood is vulnerable to damage from pests and moisture, so wooden windows need regular maintenance. If you own wooden windows, plan to scrape, sand, re-caulk and repaint them regularly to protect the wood from potential moisture damage. While you’re doing that, inspect the windows and look for signs of problems. When inspecting your windows, look for signs of wood-eating pests, mold, mildew, and wood rot.
Fibrex window frames needs almost none of the maintenance of wood. All you need to do is clean your Fibrex window frames periodically to keep them looking their best.
Wood windows have unparalleled warmth and beauty. Wood grains add visual interest that many homeowners appreciate. Fibrex windows contain wood fibers and can be made to look like wood without all the maintenance chores. In fact, Fibrex windows so closely resemble wood that it can be hard to tell the difference.
Wood windows are very durable as long as they’re properly maintained, but those that aren’t regularly painted and sealed can deteriorate fast. If you’re not willing to keep up with all the maintenance wooden windows require, you’ll soon be getting them repaired or even replaced.
Fibrex windows are made to be durable. Even without regular maintenance, Fibrex does not deteriorate when exposed to moisture. Under ordinary circumstances, it does not fade, lose structural stability or become more vulnerable to pests.
Wood windows can last a long time as long as you take care of them. In fact, in a historic building, original wood windows can be an asset that attracts buyers. Wood windows that are not well maintained may not last long at all before they’re replaced.
It’s hard to say just how long Fibrex windows will last. To find out, Renewal by Andersen recently removed a number of windows from an actual Minnesota installation from over 20 years ago. After 20 years of living in real-world conditions of brutal winters and hot, humid summers, Renewal by Andersen put them through a battery of performance tests (per ASTM E2068) and found they still operated as easily as they day they were installed.
Renewal by Andersen backs all of its windows with one of the best warranties in the business: a 20-year fully transferrable limited warranty on the windows AND the installation. It guarantees its windows because it has confidence in the products and know that Fibrex is a durable window frame material that will stand the test of time.
Wooden windows may be beautiful, but Fibrex windows are just as beautiful and much easier to maintain. Call us today to make an appointment and learn more about how you can install Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro windows in your home. Call our toll free number at 866-609-5033 or fill out the short form on this page.