Which Window Is Better?
With so many brands, materials, and options of replacement windows to choose from, the shopping experience can be a little overwhelming. Your best friend throughout the entire process is information so let’s take a look at a window comparison between two similar windows in two different materials: Andersen Windows in Fibrex® and NT Vinyl.
Which window should you choose?
What is Andersen Fibrex®?
Known for their wood windows, Andersen saw the increased popularity of vinyl windows as an opportunity for growth; but instead of producing a solid vinyl window like so many others on the market they chose to innovate. The result was Fibrex®, which is a composite material composed of 40 percent wood fiber by weight and 60 percent thermoplastic vinyl. A portion of both of these materials is reclaimed reducing environmental impact. With twice the strength of vinyl and resistance to rot, fading, flaking, and peeling; Fibrex® has plenty of benefits.
- Long-Lasting Finishes: Factory finishes that won’t flake, peel, or fade
- Color Options: Five exterior and four interior colors to choose from
- Environmentally Smart: Blocks thermal transfer 700 times better than aluminum
- Reclaimed Materials: 40% reclaimed wood fiber by weight
- Superior Strength: Fibrex® is two times stronger than vinyl
- Transferable Warranty: 20 years on glass, 10 years on frame
Since 1903 Andersen has been committed to quality construction and has established a reputation for standing behind their workmanship. Whether you’re replacing, remodeling, or building, you can bring Andersen craftsmanship and beauty into your home for less than you may expect. With a time-tested performance, Andersen just may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
NT Virgin Vinyl, Why It Matters
At this point, you may be thinking, “Virgin vinyl? What is virgin vinyl?” Which is not unusual at this point. Virgin vinyl is just a way of saying that the vinyl being used is 100 percent new material that has not been used in any product, of any sort. In other words, it is the purest form of vinyl available. In fact, for all of you audiophiles out there, vinyl records use virgin vinyl because the absence of impurities produces the highest quality sound.
You see, no matter how much recycled vinyl is processed there will always be some remnant of the previous product, even if it’s not much it’s still there. Why does this matter to you? Well, impurities can have an effect on the finished product’s strength, impact resistance, and resilience. They can even cause the color to yellow after years of exposure to the elements. In a nutshell, with virgin vinyl, you are getting the best performance possible out of your vinyl window.
Now that we’ve explained virgin vinyl we can learn more about the window it’s used and the company that makes it. Founded in 1990, in Fort Worth, Texas, NT Windows takes pride in its 100 percent American made and sourced vinyl windows. And they make any version of window you’d like whether double-hung, single-hung, sliding, picture, casement, or awning; NT has a window for you.
Not only do they make vinyl windows in every style and over a dozen colors they also make them with excellence. Their roller tilt constant force balance system not only provides smooth, quiet, easy, operation; it provides it for years to come. Sloped sills allow water to easily drain away from the window and metal-reinforced meeting rails provide additional structural support and added security. It’s the attention to detail that makes NT such a great window manufacturer.
- Quality Construction: 45 degree fusion welded corners
- True Slope Sill: Keeps water away from the window
- Added Strength & Security: Metal reinforced meeting rails
- Convenient Cleaning: Tilt-in sash for ease of cleaning
- Easy Opening: Roller tilt constant balance system
- Superior Insulation: Dual FinSil weatherstripping lasts up to five times longer than single seal systems
Which Window is Best?
Which window is best? That’s a great question but it’s really not the right question.
They are both well made, have double panes of glass, are energy-saving, and available in every style and multiple colors. What you should be asking is which window is best for you? Best for your project, best for your application and goals and style and budget.
That is where The Experts at Houston Window Experts come in. We don’t have pushy salespeople, we have Product Specialists who are there to give you the information you need to make the right decision. With 20 brands to choose from and each of those with several options, you need all of the information you can get. Choosing replacement windows and doors is a big decision and we’d love to help.