Old windows can be hard to open and close. This is usually due to tracks that have warped and bent over time. When this happens, the only recourse is to replace the window. Metal tracks are the most prone to this problem, but wood and vinyl are not invulnerable either.
Warping problems vary depending on the window frame material. Understanding how warping occurs can help you maximize the lifespan of your replacement windows. Today, Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, a top local window contractor, explains what causes warping in wood and vinyl windows and how to prevent it.
Moisture is the number one enemy of wood. As water penetrates the fibers, it softens up the wood, making it lose some of its structural integrity. In replacement windows, this can lead to bending, warping and, eventually, breaking. While most wood windows have a protective coating, this can degrade over time.
Vinyl has been touted as a more durable alternative to wood, and in many ways it is. However, vinyl frames are not 100% immune to warping issues. Temperature changes can expand and contract the material, which can then warp. Unfortunately, warped vinyl frames are difficult to fix and must be replaced once warping occurs.
As the premier replacement window company in the country, Renewal by Andersen is proud to use its exclusive framing material, Fibrex. This composite material made from wood fibers and a strong polymer combines the benefits of wood and vinyl without their respective shortcomings. Studies have shown that Fibrex is more resistant to warping than other framing materials.
Enjoy the benefits of Fibrex replacement windows only at Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod. Give us a call at (508) 936-1171 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve customers in Cape Cod and nearby areas.