Black frames are this year’s top trend for replacement windows. Black is an extremely versatile color for interior and exterior decorating that can add a chic vibe to your home, but it does present a few challenges. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle, your trusted local window contractors, discuss these challenges and provide tips on how to overcome them.
Why Black Window Frames?
Black window frames are often seen in Spanish and Mediterranean style homes with wrought-iron window frames, as well as in contemporary architecture. However, if your home has a different architectural style, black window frames can still be a great choice. Black frames add visual energy to otherwise plain designs, drawing in the viewer’s eyes.
A potential challenge of black frames is ensuring they work in harmony with the other components of your exterior design. This is easily managed with professional guidance from our experienced design consultants. Another obstacle is that black absorbs more heat from the sun than lighter colors, much like how wearing dark clothing on a hot summer day can be uncomfortable. Light-colored frames reflect sunlight, but black frames don’t. The more heat that’s absorbed through your windows, the harder your air conditioner will have to work to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. This leads to higher energy bills.
Fibrex® Material Frames
Fortunately, Renewal by Andersen has the solution to this challenge in the form of Fibrex. A composite material made of wood fibers and polymer, Fibrex was developed by our parent company Andersen® Corporation. It combines the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance benefits of vinyl. One of the best features of Fibrex is that it’s a natural insulator, which means it doesn’t need an insulated core.
No matter how hot it gets outside, only a small amount of heat will be absorbed by your Fibrex frames—even if they’re black. The energy-efficiency of our Fibrex frames is complemented by our innovative High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, which also have excellent insulation. We are so confident in Fibrex’s insulative properties that we offer black as one of our exterior color options. Plus, our Fibrex frames are warranted not to flake, rust, blister, peel, crack, pit, corrode or rot under normal conditions for the first 10 years.
To learn more about our replacement patio doors and windows, call Renewal By Andersen® of Seattle today at (206) 686-7733 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free in-home consultation. We serve many areas in and near Seattle, WA.