Why Do Wood and Vinyl Windows Warp?

Since windows are perpetually exposed to various weather elements, they become prone to a number of weather-related problems. These include warping, a common issue in wood and vinyl window frames. 

Why Do Wood and Vinyl Windows Warp?

A window is warped when it is twisted out of shape, creating small gaps around the window that are not only unsightly but also a detriment to energy efficiency. So what exactly causes wood and vinyl windows to warp?

Heat and Moisture Are the Main Suspects

Wood tends to absorb and retain moisture. This puts unnecessary stress on the material of the window, causing the unit to shrink and expand, eventually resulting in warping. Much of the same occurs in vinyl-clad windows. When temperatures continue to soar and heat builds up within the frame, the unit tends to warp and twist. Even worse, it does not go back to its original shape, so the damage is permanent.

It can be difficult to notice warped windows. When unchecked for an extended period, these windows can compromise the overall appearance of your home. Additionally, warping leaves small openings between the sashes and frames of the windows, making it easy for unconditioned air from outside to leak into your living space.

A Warp-Free Window Alternative

Renewal by Andersen® uses exclusive Fibrex® windows as an alternative to wood and vinyl windows. This sash and frame material combines the durability and insulating properties of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl. Fibrex does not shrink, expand or corrode when exposed to severe weather changes and ensures a strong, airtight seal to prevent unwanted transfer of energy, allowing for superior thermal comfort and energy efficiency in your home.

With beautiful and durable Fibrex windows, you no longer have to worry about window warping and the further damage that comes with it. Let Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta change your day-to-day experience at home now. Call (866) 609-5033 or fill out our online form to get started.

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