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Andersen Replacement Windows – Better Than Vinyl

Vinyl windows have been popular in and around Chicago for years. Their combination of maintenance-free durability, weather-resistance, and energy-efficiency fit the bill for many local homeowners. But despite their strengths, vinyl windows can fall short when style and architectural authenticity are desired. The appearance of vinyl can’t be disguised, and can’t blend into spaces where a more classic or modern look is needed.

In order to build a better window, a better material was needed – one that combined the strength of and style of wood with the ease and durability of vinyl. So Andersen created Fibrex – a revolutionary, patented material that yields strong, stylish, energy-efficient windows that will last for years. Fibrex also comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes that seamlessly integrate into all of Chicago’s most popular styles of architecture – something vinyl windows can’t always do.



The more you learn about Andersen windows, the more you’ll find that they’re equal or often superior to vinyl windows. Here’s a summary of their relative strengths:

Vinyl Windows

    • Maintenance-free
    • Last for decades
    • Never need painting
    • Energy-efficient
    • Weather-resistant
    • Comes in various colors
    • Not exceptionally strong – require thicker frames and sashes
    • Require same color on interior and exterior
    • Can’t adapt to different looks and styles

Andersen Windows

    • Maintenance-free
    • Last for decades
    • Never need painting –  or refinishing
    • Energy-efficient
    • Weather-resistant – won’t expand or contract
    • Very strong – allows greater design flexibility
    • Comes in various colors and finishes – including wood finishes
    • Allows different colors on interior and exterior
    • Suit every style from Prairie to post-modern
    • Eco-Friendly – partially composed of recycled wood fiber

We invite you to learn what sets Andersen windows apart from vinyl and every other kind of window. The more you learn about Andersen, the more you’ll appreciate how much they reflect a century-long legacy of innovation and craftsmanship.