You don’t have to be a window professional or work for a window installation company to know that vinyl is a decent enough material for replacement window frames. It’s more durable and requires less maintenance than traditional wood frames. Vinyl also has generally better R-values, making it a more energy-efficient alternative to aluminum or fiberglass frames.
For all its advantages, however, vinyl is far from a perfect window material. This is thanks largely to common problems unique to this type of replacement window. Let our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City explain a few of these problems as well as offer you tips on how to resolve them.
Vinyl is a good insulator, which is why many residential window services recommend it to their clients. However, while it does prevent heat transmission, it tends to hold this heat within its structure. This leads to issues like warping. Warping can seriously affect the way replacement windows function. Sliding windows, for example, can get stuck in their tracks if their vinyl frames are deformed.
Warping in vinyl can also bend, stretch, and break the seals in many double pane glass. This causes air and gas leaks, negatively impacting the performance of your replacement windows. Air leaks also lead to drafts and, when neglected, will gradually raise your energy bills.
Resolving Vinyl Problems
As the country’s top replacement window contractor, Renewal by Andersen® has developed an answer to many of vinyl’s shortcomings. Fibrex® is an exclusive composite material designed to address the common problems that plague vinyl. It combines the strength and durability of vinyl frames with the natural wood grain texture and beauty of classic wood windows.
Learn more about Fibrex windows with the help of our professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City. Give us a call at (605) 341-7831 or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home or virtual consultation and request a free estimate on window replacements today. We serve homeowners in Rapid City and other nearby areas in SD.