OTHER WINDOW REPLACEMENT
While vinyl is frequently the cheapest option, vinyl windows and doors can warp, peel, shift, and crack under everyday conditions. Vinyl has the lowest ratings for Flexural Modulus and highest ratings for expansion and contraction. Vinyl will expand 8 times more than the glass that it surrounds which can lead to seal failure.
Wood windows offer more strength, stability, and beauty than vinyl, but they tend to require more maintenance than other window materials.
Vinyl/wood composites like Fibrex® are made from vinyl infused with wood fibers (sawdust). Fibrex® isn’t fiberglass. Fibrex® is a registered trademark of Andersen Corporation.
Aluminum is stronger than most other materials used to manufacture windows except ULTREX® Aluminum does not crack or peel like vinyl and is paintable. There is not a lot of maintenance with aluminum windows. The challenge with an aluminum window replacement is it is not very attractive, it is a soft metal so it still expands 3 times more than the glass which can lead to seal failure and aluminum can also transfer the heat and cold which can defeat the purpose of effective energy efficiency. Click here to see how ULTREX compares to vinyl and other composite window materials.