What Are Clad Windows?
4/8/2013 8:25 AM
What Are Clad Windows?
If you’ve been browsing our site, or researching replacement windows on other sites, you may have run across the term “clad windows.”
So just what are clad windows?
Clad windows, or clad exterior windows have a low-maintenance exterior while maintaining an elegant wooden interior. In the simplest terms, cladding is the protective exterior for a wood window. This exterior cladding is designed to improve the durability and longevity of the window while allowing the window interior to offer the highly-desirable look of real wood windows.
Types of Clad Windows
Today, there are three major types of clad windows available on the market:
- Aluminum-clad windows – aluminum-clad windows are the strongest of all clad-windows. Aluminum cladding is extremely durable, dent-resistant, and affordable. But aluminum transfers heat more easily than vinyl or fiberglass, so aluminum-clad windows can be less energy efficient.
- Vinyl-clad windows – vinyl-clad windows are the most popular form of clad windows available on the market today. Vinyl offers minimal maintenance, affordability, and energy efficiency. There are several grades of vinyl cladding available on the market, but there is a tremendous difference between low-quality vinyl cladding and premium vinyl cladding, so be sure to keep this in mind while shopping for vinyl-clad windows. Cheap vinyl-clad windows tend to chalk, warp, and chip over time—making for a poor long-term investment in your home.
- Fiberglass-clad windows – fiberglass-clad windows are the newest type of clad windows on the market. Fiberglass-clad windows are extremely energy-efficient, low-maintenance, and durable. Unlike vinyl, fiberglass has very little expansion or contraction, so windows remain tightly sealed, minimizing air infiltration and improving home comfort and energy efficiency.
Advantages of Clad Windows
The primary advantage of clad windows is that they combine the most desirable features of wood windows with exterior cladding that provides added protection from the elements. The aesthetics of wood windows are highly desirable, but many homeowners opt for vinyl or aluminum windows instead because they require significantly less maintenance. Wood windows require frequent sanding, scraping, and staining or painting to maintain the like-new look.
Clad Window Information
If you would like to learn more about Weather Shield’s clad window selections, contact us today to speak with one of our window experts or find a local Weather Shield dealer to schedule a consultation.