Window Replacement in Phoenix and Window Replacement in Las Vegas: An Education
When it comes to Window Replacement, there are many factors that must be considered before choosing the right product or company to help you with your project.
First we must consider what the window frames should be made of.
There are various materials that are available for window frames, and each has some advantages over the other, and some disadvantages, as well.
It’s strong, light-weight, durable and generally does not corrode. In addition, it can molded into shapes or extruded to create very intricate forms. They can be anodized at the factory with a finish that is long-lasting.
The main disadvantage to aluminum is the extremely high thermal conductance. In fact, aluminum is 2500 times more thermally conductive than wood and even stainless steel conducts less heat than aluminum by a factor of 15. In Las Vegas and Phoenix, this disadvantage is very well known by anyone who has touched the frame of their aluminum windows in the summer.
Though not very common in Las Vegas or Phoenix wood has been the traditional material of choice for windows for 100’s of years. It can be cut and milled into the shapes needed to make windows and are very attractive. Thermally, wood is a superior material to just about any other.
Disadvantage: Wood needs to be painted regularly as cracks need to be repaired lest they become larger or dry rot sets in.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a commonly used material for windows today as it offers both good insulation properties and low maintenance. Sadly, vinyl requires larger frames to provide the needed structural integrity and with a higher coefficient of expansion than wood or even aluminum this can get you in trouble the frames begin to warp. When your vinyl windows warp you begin to see that the insulating benefits begin to disappear once the window begins to leak from improperly meeting parts. Vinyl Windows have another problem as sunlight degrades vinyl, and it begins to look “faded” very quickly.
Most everyone has seen composite wood decking, where wood particles and resins are mixed and compressed to form a strong and durable composite material. One company has taken this technology and created a composite called Fibrex. This material, which is extruded into the shapes needed for the frames and sash is very stable. The thermal and structural properties of Fibrex meet or exceed those of wood but, it requires no more maintenance than soap and water for cleaning when needed.
At Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix and Las Vegas, we can help you find a solution for your window improvement problems by having one of our design consultants provide for you a FREE in-home estimate today.