High-tech fiberglass pultrusion technology offers an exciting alternative to metal, plastic, or wood frame windows. Fiberglass has all the advantages of competing systems, with none of their disadvantages.The ultimate window-frame material, pultruded fiberglass, differs from common fiberglass used in pools, boats, and storage tanks. Continuous strands of glass are saturated in a thermoset resin, and pass through a heated die. They are pulled through, the die, rather than pushed or extruded, through the die - hence the term `pultrusion.’
Fibertec fabricates these dimensionally stable window lineals into fiberglass window frames. By filling the fiberglass frames with foam insulation and glazing them with high efficiency insulating glass, Fibertec has produced the ultimate high performance windowFibertec's fiberglass window and door manufacturing system meets the needs of designers and builders who wish to go beyond the limitations inherent with metal, plastic or wood frame fenestration. Pultruded fiberglass has proven to be a superior material in five ways: dimensional stability, thermal insulation, durability and aesthetics, and `environmental friendliness’. In the pultrusion process, continuous fibers reinforcing in roving or mat/roving forms are drawn through a specially formulated resin bath to coat each fiber with a thermosetting resin mixture. The coated fibers are assembled by a forming guide and then drawn through a heated die. Cure of the thermosetting resin is activated by heat in the die and catalyst in the resin mix. Unlike aluminum or PVC which are pushed through a die and then worked at the exit end, the pultrusion process pulls the material, hence the name, through the die and the resulting profile is cut to length as it leaves the die. It is then ready for use without further forming or treatment.
~ Minimal expansion and contraction - Fiberglass frames reduce the likelihood of unit failure and caulking cracks - maintains superior performance with regard to air/water infiltration
~ Obtains a high R-value - Fiberglass frames provide savings of approximately 20-40% in heating/cooling/energy costs over other window frame materials
~ Comfort and more consistent room temperatures in larger windows areas
~ A reduction in moisture and condensation, saving on costly repair to damaged wallpaper and masonry
~ Fiberglass has a high resistance to corrosion and rotting - good for seaside applications or other chemically sensitive environments
~ Fiberglass frames ensure a longer life expectancy than vinyl, wood and aluminum-clad - deters future service and maintenance costs
Stronger Fiberglass Frames allow:
~ Smooth operation/no stress on hardware mechanism and guaranteed prolonged life expectancy
~ Slimmer frames with more glass area - maximizes sunlight and viewing area
~ Greater resistance to forced entry - increased security
~ Larger units/unique window sizes and shapes are possible, to meet unique customer specifications
Durability ~ High resistance to warping, twisting, rotting, cracking or shrinking.
~ Fiberglass frames will hold paint better than other materials and is a natural U.V. protector - will not fade, chip or crack.
~ Fiberglass is a paintable product - it can be painted during the manufacturing process or on site by the customer - allows customer to change colour at any time
~ Properties of fiberglass ensure a window/door product will perform as well in year 3, 10 and 30 as it performed on day one