Your Guide to Composite Windows

All You Need to Know About Composite Windows

Composite wood windows are actually becoming one of the most popular window choices on the market.  This is because they give the look and feel of wood, but they have the durability that composite has to offer.  If you have been thinking about replacing your windows, then you may consider composite wood windows for your home.  There are a lot of window options that you may consider, so you are sure to find composite wood windows that will look great in your home or office.  

Why Composite Wood Windows Are a Good Option

Composite wood windows are a newer approach to wood window frames.  They are much more durable than regular wood, and are actually really very aesthetically pleasing.  They come with a wide variety of advantages.  

Composite windows are much more durable than traditional wooden frames.  This is because they are a lot more resistant to the weather and other harsh elements.  They are also less likely to corrode or be invaded by insects that eat wood, such as termites.  This is because they are impermeable. They will not rot out either. This means they last a lot longer than other window types.  

Composite windows are also available in a variety of styles.  You can choose from wood veneers that are actually wood on the outside.  This makes them look a lot like real wood windows. You can also choose from pre-finished styles, such as cherry wood or other wood like finishes.  They are available for all types of windows, including bay windows, bow windows, double hung windows, casement windows, picture windows, awning windows, and much more! 

You will also be pleased to find that composite windows do not require a lot of maintenance or upkeep.  They are easy to keep clean, and you don’t have to worry about refinishing them or resealing them for energy efficiency.  You don’t have to paint them either, as you can get them in just about any color or finish that you would like.  

When it comes to energy efficiency, the composite wood windows are a much better option.  They offer better efficiency that fiberglass, aluminum or wood frames. This means that they can help to keep in the heat during the winter months, and keep in the cooler air during the summer months.  They are not a conductor for heat, meaning they do not attract heat and bring it indoors through the frames. 

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Choosing the Right Window Experts

If you want new windows, it is really important for you to go with a professional installer.  This not only helps to ensure that your windows are properly installed, but also gives you some peace of mind when it comes to the warranty of your windows.  The best professionals will back all of their work with a guarantee to ensure proper installation and sealing of the windows that they install.  

To ensure that you choose the right installation expert, make sure that you look into their warranty.  You will also want to make sure that they will be there from start to finish. They need to start by getting adequate measurements, and then proceed by getting the correct size window frames and helping you choose the right type of frames and the right type of glass for your particular needs.  Then, they will set up a time for installation. Many windows can be installed in as little as one day. Contact an installer to get an estimate for your new windows. 

CompositWood by Interstate Building Materials, Inc. 

One of the popular brands of composite windows is CompositWood by Interstate Building materials.  These windows offer the look and feel of real wood, without the maintenance that comes along with it.  It pairs low maintenance with strength and energy efficiency, in a durable window that is made to last.  Both the sashes of the window and the frames are made up of a mix of acrylic resin and polymer, forming the composite window.  It is tough and solid, and offers the best weatherproof protection possible. They will not only weather, but they also resist fading better than most other window options. 

CompositWood also has a SuperCap technology applied to the surface.  This is what makes the windows so resistant to weather and other elements.  They have been used for years in really sunny, tropical environments with really no wear and tear at all.  They also offer protection against yellowing, chalking, cracking and erosion.  

These windows by Interstate are also really superior when it comes to their energy efficiency.  If you pair your composite windows with properly glazed glass, you can really boost the overall efficiency of the windows.  This can save you a great deal of money when it comes to heating and cooling your home. They are even made to meet, or exceed, Energy Star requirements.  They have several weatherstrips, and are also made with sashes and jambs that interlock to keep air flow out.  

If you are thinking about CompositWood by Interstate, here are a few of the advantages that you can consider.  First, they are super low maintenance. You don’t have to put much effort into these windows at all, which means that you can just have them installed and enjoy them for years to come.  They are also really energy efficient, allowing them to actually pay for themselves over time. The multi-pane CompositWood windows can also help to cut back on the amount of noise that comes in.  If you live in a particularly noisy area, then this can be a great perk.  

Interstate also offers a lot of great features when it comes to their windows.  For instance, they offer a ClimaGuard low-E glass option. This means a low emissivity for the glass, which is an invisible coating that helps to prevent the heat from the sun’s rays from coming into your home.  You won’t actually see it on the windows, but you may see the difference in your heating and cooling costs.  

They also offer multi-pane windows that have an infill made up of argon gas.  This is more than just regular air being place between the window panes. This helps to increase the insulation for your windows, which can also help to reduce heating and cooling expenses.  

You can even choose from a variety of different panes.  There are some dual glazed panes, fuel saver panes, fuel saver plus panes, and many other options.  If you want to have high-end windows at an affordable cost, then Interstate is a good manufacturer to go with.  

Composite Windows by Andersen Windows

Andersen Windows is one of the leading names in the window manufacturing industry.  They have a Fibrex composite window that is made up of wood fibers and PVC. This is a unique blend of materials that is only offered by Andersen.  Let’s take a closer look at these windows, and see if they may be a good idea for your home. 

Fibrex is their uniquely designed blend used in their composite windows. It is made up of 40% wood fibers, and 60% polymer PVC.  This blend helps to improve energy efficiency, and helps to keep your heating and cooling costs down. It is also really strong, much stronger than vinyl.  This means that once it has been weatherproofed, it will then stay weatherproof. This means far less maintenance than other window types. It also stays stable in all different types of climates, making it great for colder areas and areas with a lot of humidity. 

The Fibrex is also known for its ability to resist rotting and decay.  It also does not grow any type of fungi, unlike wood. It does not flake off, blister up, peel away, or corrode over time.  Andersen also offers great customer service, and they have their customer satisfaction as a top priority. These are great reasons to choose the Fibrex by Anderson when you are looking for composite windows. 

Understanding Your Window Warranty

The warranty that comes with your windows is very important.  Windows are definitely not cheap. They can sometimes cost a pretty penny.  Composite windows can actually be one of the more expensive options on the market.  This means that you will want to choose a window that has a really good warranty with it.  

Many of the manufacturers will offer a limited lifetime warranty.  The problem is that there are a lot of different meanings to a limited lifetime warranty.  Sometimes, this only covers manufacturer’s defect. Sometimes, it may be more comprehensive.  A comprehensive warranty is usually the best way to go, but not all window manufacturers offer that with their composite windows.  The good news is that the windows are so durable, so they are not likely to have much wear and tear.  

Just be sure to read all of the information regarding your warranty, so that there are no surprises down the road if you run into trouble with your window.  You will know exactly what to expect when you file a warranty claim.

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