Pella Impervia Windows vs. Renewal By Andersen Fibrex Windows
I need some advise in an area I know very little about..window replacement. I live in Houston, Texas. Our house is 19 years old, has aluminum windows and they need replacing. The main concern for us is mitigating the heat/humidity of the long Texas summers. I have tried to research things and two options appear to be the best for us..Impervia by Pella (fiberglass) and Fibrex by Renewal by Andersen (composite). Both companies are highly rated and their prices reflect that. Consumer Reports has no rating for Fibrex that I can find so that limits me on getting a clear reason to choose one over the other. Can anyone help me on this?
Whatever you get make sure you get the hurricane resistant glass. Not only will it minimize storm damage but make it nearly impossible for criminals to break in. In fact no need for the 3M or Uline 4 mil security film.
Did you ever get an answer? What did you choose and why? We have similar situation replacing 19 year old wood windows that are rotting from extreme sun and weather.
I owned a home that we used FIberglass replacement windows in LaMarque, TX. After a few years they were noticeably harder to open and close, and the frame lines did not match top pane to bottom pane. Also on really hot days, you could smell the fiberglass. My current home has wood, single pane glass windows that have started to rot in places. Andersen replacement division has shown me a replacement window that looks like my wood window, and they can give me 8 different colors to choose from, warrantied for 20 years not to fade, or split. They are about $2,400 per window average. They have agreed to do a small project of three windows to start with my worst windows, and see how they perform. I will gladly let you know once they are in.