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Clad vs. Non-Clad Windows

2/10/2015 12:23:26 PM

Whether you’re building a new home or replacing the existing windows, you have several important decisions to make. One of the most important is the type of frame material you want. First, narrow down your selection to clad or non-clad windows. What’s the difference between these types of window frames? What benefits do they offer? Learn the answers here so you can make an informed decision.

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.

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Non-Clad Windows

Another option is to choose non-clad windows, which are 100 percent fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum. There are no wood components found in non-clad window frames.

Benefits of Clad Windows

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.

Benefits of Non-Clad Windows

With everything clad windows have to offer, is there any chance you might want non-clad windows instead? These 100 percent fiberglass, vinyl or aluminum windows offer benefits of their own.

For example, fiberglass is an insulating material. Window frames made with this material don’t require an additional thermal barrier. The material also expands and contracts at a lower rate, allowing for reduced air leakage and lower energy bills. Vinyl is highly durable and won’t blister, peel, or fade. The color is built right into the material so you’ll never have to repaint your window frames again if you choose vinyl. Plus, as long as they have thermal breaks, aluminum window frames can offer energy efficiency along with their sought after strength and longevity.

These benefits are important, but the biggest reason people choose non-clad windows over their clad counterparts is the lower cost. Without the more expensive wood component involved, non-clad windows are less costly investments for your home.

Find a Weather Shield Window Dealer Near You

Weigh the benefits of clad and non-clad windows carefully so you make the best possible choice. If you’re still struggling to decide, contact us directly or find a Weather Shield dealer near you who can work closely with you as you make your decision.

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