FIBREX® WINDOWS VS VINYL WINDOWS
TACTICS TO SELLING FIBREX® WINDOWS OVER VINYL WINDOWS
I received this Over-sized mailer from a well-known window supplier last week.
Consumers are faced with many choices when comparing windows. One of the more interesting choices is the comparison between vinyl windows and Fibrex® windows. As commonly advertised on the over-sized mailing fliers, one well-known window company routinely portrays vinyl windows as cheap, unreliable, and not worthy of your home. After suffering through one of their high-pressure in-home sales pitches, they’d have you believing that vinyl windows were nothing more than recycled deck furniture. Here are a couple of interesting facts these sales people will NOT tell you.
SOME TRUTHS ABOUT FIBREX®
First, the same company that makes, sells, and heavily advertises their Fibrex® windows actually makes hundreds of thousands of vinyl windows each and every year. Truth! While their sales people are trashing vinyl windows, one of their other affiliates could very well be pitching that very same company’s vinyl windows. Really?
DID YOU SAY SAWDUST?
Wood Flour (AKA Sawdust)
Fibrex Recycle Container
Second, the truth about the base product in Fibrex® would likely surprise many folks. Get ready… The base material in a Fibrex® window is sawdust. The industry calls it something fancy like “wood flour” or “wood pulp” but the base material in a Fibrex® window looks, smells, and feels like a pile of sawdust (maybe because it is). They combine their sawdust mixture with vinyl polymers to make their windows. Fibrex is also used to make deck materials, trash receptacles, and other recyclable containers. I very much doubt that the Fibrex® window makers use these images or descriptions to describe their windows, nor would they show their consumers piles of sawdust!
AND THE COST IS…
The truth is, Fibrex® windows are nice looking and probably good windows, even though they usually cost 3 times more than good vinyl windows. The sales commission for an average Fibrex® sales person is ridiculously high and can easily exceed $5,000. Truth!
HOW ABOUT THAT FIBREX® WINDOWS WARRANTY?
Last time we checked, this company making Fibrex® windows, only puts a 10-year warranty on their windows. If these windows cost so much, and they’re so good, why not make it a lifetime warranty like other high quality replacement windows?
THE TRUTH IS…
Fibrex® may very well be a great product and we admit, it makes a nice looking window. It’s simply not worth paying 3 times the cost of a good alternative. Vinyl will last just as long and work just as well. Informed consumers should ask. Why so much for a window that’s made from recycled sawdust?
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