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Fibrex® vs Vinyl Replacement Windows for your Portland Area Home

With the invention of our patented material Fibrex®, Renewal by Andersen revolutionized the replacement window industry. Capable of being incredibly durable, energy efficient and beautiful all at the same time, this frame material combines the strength and insulation of wood with the low maintenance features of vinyl to create a superior frame material. Fibrex® is completely resistant to decay and corrosion, requiring little maintenance, and will never crack or require re-painting. This makes Fibrex® the perfect material for your windows in your Portland area home.


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Vinyl windows are often sought out because of their ease of use and perceived affordability. While this may be a viable option for some people, when you consider the energy loss due to vinyl windows, they are actually more expensive over the course of their life. And when you compare vinyl to our Fibrex® window frames, vinyl is less structurally strong. This may cause durability issues down the road with warping, something that reduces energy efficiency and will cause you to need replacement windows sooner.

Andersen windows have the advantage of being much more energy efficient than most other options because of our high tech materials for both our low-e glass and Fibrex® window frames. It’s important to consider not only the material used when looking for an energy saving window, but also the type of glass used. We use high tech Low e4 glass, which reduces energy loss in both hot and cool environments by over 80% and reduces UV ray exposure inside your home.

Homeowners with our windows notice another big difference between our windows and vinyl or other windows on the market. I’m speaking of the increased resell value of your home. Houses with Renewal by Andersen precuts installed sell for much higher on average than those with vinyl. While not immediately felt, this pays off big time down the road. We want our products to be an investment in yourself and your home rather than just something you look through.

Still not sold on Andersen’s window materials and how they compare to vinyl replacement windows? Call or message us today and we would be happy to tell you more about the benefits of Fibrex®.