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Benefits of Clad Windows
Even with the expanding availability of different window materials, wood remains highly sought after by homeowners and buyers. Clad windows utilize a wood window frame with an exterior cladding of fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum.
Many people want the warmth and look of real wood windows without the drawbacks of this material. Clad windows offer the comforting look of wood while offering additional benefits from the material it’s clad with.
For example, aluminum-, vinyl- and fiberglass-clad windows offer superior strength and durability compared to ordinary wood windows because they are not subject to warping, contracting, expanding or rotting. These types of clad windows also have lower maintenance requirements while still offering a rich, warm wood interior. In addition, clad windows have better resistance to air and water infiltration than wood windows, improving heating and cooling efficiency and ensuring optimal comfort at the same time.
clad-wood replacement windows offer the best of both worlds: the look of wood windows on the interior, but with less exterior maintenance required. That's why they currently well outpace all-wood windows in popularity.
Clad-wood windows are made of wood but have a layer of vinyl or aluminum bonded to the exterior, so they don't need to be painted or sealed. The interior, which is wood, can be painted or stained to match your décor. Clad-wood windows start out at a small cost and will be significantly lower than wood. Virtually all of the major wood window manufacturers offer clad-wood windows as well. Many contractors recommend them as a better alternative than all-wood.
Energy efficiency is a strength of clad-wood replacement windows. Clad-wood windows also retain their shape better than windows made of vinyl when exposed to extremes in temperature, so they remain more airtight over time.
- Article credited to weathershield.com