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The Statera Difference- Windows matter.


Statera Homes doesn’t install vinyl windows.  No other builder in our price range can say this.


At Statera Homes, we believe our clients want luxury and value.  We think our clients understand that value doesn’t always mean the lowest price.  We also think that value includes high quality at a great price.  As we have said in the past, Statera Homes is not the lowest priced builder in the market.


One thing that sets Statera Homes apart in terms of value are the windows we use.  We don’t install vinyl windows in our new Delaware homes.  We use Andersen windows, and they have a composite frame.  This can make a huge difference in quality, efficiency and durability.



In most Statera communities, we use the Andersen 100 series window.  This single-hung window is constructed from FibrexFibrex is a composite material that was created by Andersen, and it is a mix of epoxy and wood fibers.  Fibrex performs like a wood frame window, but it does not have the potential to decay like a wood frame windows.

These windows, unlike vinyl windows, have their own structural integrity.  Most builders use vinyl windows, and these windows have plastic frames.  A Fibrex window is more than twice as strong as a vinyl window.

Vinyl windows have a heavy plastic frame.  This is very cost effective, but it creates some problems.

Vinyl windows lack internal strength.  In all fairness, a window is being installed into a wood framed house, so the window’s internal strength is only one factor.  At the same time, all windows are going to be attached to the house, and this attachement creates a bearing point.  That bearing point puts stress on the frame.  A vinyl window is does not have the structural integrity of a composite window to keep its shape when installed.



There are a number of Delaware beach home builders that tout their windows as being hugely energy efficient and such.  All that is great, but I’ll explain why solar coatings on windows in Delaware beach homes are a HORRIBLE idea in another post.  The truth of the matter is that no window is efficient if its installation causes it to leak air from around the window itself.

For example, let’s say that you home is built in the summer, and your windows are installed on a sunny, summer day with the temperature in the 90’s.  You window was installed and sealed tight on the day of installation.  In fact, a few weeks later, there was an air seal test done on your house, and it sealed up tight.

In January of that year, it was cold.  Here’s what is happening to your tightly sealed, property installed vinyl window- it is shrinking.  When the window shrinks (because it’s made of plastic) in the cold, it pulls away from all of those tight seals it had with the wall (and within the window itself).  Now you have a leaky window.

If you install in the winter, you can find a window that won’t open or close in the summer- it has the opposite problem.  It is expanding, and it binds and bends.


Regardless of the solar gain, U-factor and all the other features of a window- a leaky window negates all of those features.  It doesn’t matter how good the window panes perform if the air is leaking through the frame.

Statera’s Andersen windows aren’t vinyl, and they don’t move like a vinyl window.  This saves you money.  Any home energy expert will tell you that air sealing is more important than insulation.



Since the Andersen 100 series window is much stronger than a vinyl window, it will withstand the elements and use far longer than a typical vinyl window.  This reduces cost of ownership.  This means value.


If you are looking at different builders, look at the windows.


At Statera, we believe the homes that we build are different.  We think the difference matters.  Windows matter.



More about Statera:



It’s all about “balance”.  Statera is latin for balance.

For our founder, Scott Dailey, Statera is about a new home integrating into your life.  It’s about finding a new home that balances everything that a new home will be in the future.


A home is a place of celebration, it is a place of refuge, it is a place of joy.  A new Delaware beach home is a setting for all the wonderful seasons of life.  We think a balanced new Delaware home is the perfect fit for all seasons of life.


So what is Statera?  Let’s focus first on the balance of how a home should encourage the good things of life.  Each Statera floorplan is designed for personal connection.  How?  We begin with the kitchen.  We think the kitchen is the heart of any Delaware new home.  Most people think that a kitchen isn’t very important if a resident of the home isn’t a “gourmet cook”.  But at Statera, we know that all gatherings of great friends and loved ones actually happen in the kitchen.  We think kitchens are one of the main settings for the story of your life- even if you never turn on the oven.


Whether it’s a glass of wine around the island or a “kitchen table” conversation, life happens in the kitchen, and the kitchen is a great place to be in a Statera residence.


We also think that you deserve a luxury residence.  A tour of a Statera home will demonstrate incredible features for the price of the home.  We have taken the time to do the small things right- the small things that all your home to be the perfect balance between a luxurious home and a great value in a Delaware beach home.  From our trim packages to our Andersen windows, you will know that this home is not like other builders in Delaware.


We also want to balance timeless design with future technology.  A Statera residence is designed with a classic, timeless look that will increase in stature over time.  Our plans don’t chase the latest fads in building, but we seek to create a classic home that will be beaufiful for years to come.  At the same time, we balance our classic plans with a recognition that technology is changing the way we live our lives.  A new home in Delaware by Statera integrates all that is exciting about new home technology.  This integrated smart home is designed to make your life manageable and stress-free.  Statera takes an uncomplicated approach to technology.


This smart home technology also forms the core of our balance between a new home and our responsibility to be good stewards of that which is entrusted to us.  We value both people and the planet.  To that end, a Statera residence is built by local artisans.  This focus

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About the Author:

Scott is the founder of Statera Homes. Scott lives in Lewes. He and his wife have three grown children and two wonderful dogs. Scott has over 14 years in new home construction and real estate development.