Most Common Questions About Cladded Windows

Cladded Windows FAQ: Most Common Questions About Cladded Windows

Cladded windows aren't an option that most new home builders consider, but they are quite common when considering options for a replacement window project. If you are a homeowner who wants to upgrade their windows to more durable or decorative windows, cladded windows should be on your radar. 

Are you interested in cladded windows but have some questions about them. We have all the basics covered right here, from what they are to whether or not we think they are worth the investment.

Most Common Questions About Cladded Windows

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  1. What are cladded windows?
  2. Types of window cladding
  3. Is window cladding durable?
  4. What problems do cladded windows have?
  5. Are clad windows worth it?
  6. Can clad windows be re-cladded?
  7. Can I clad my windows?
  8. Who sells cladded windows?

1. What are cladded windows?

A cladded window has a wooden frame around the glass. However, the difference between a cladded window and a standard window is that the exterior surface of the window frame is clade with a different, more durable material. The typical options include vinyl, fiberglas, and aluminum exteriors.

2. Types of window cladding

There are more than just a couple of options when it comes to window cladding for your replacement windows. Each of them has its pros and cons. The decision between the various kinds of cladding will come down to whether you want a more durable, affordable or aesthetically pleasing window. Some of the types of window cladding include:

3. Is window cladding durable?

Certain kinds of window cladding last longer than others. Extruded aluminum is likely one of the most durable options. It is less likely to get dented or scratched than other options. Vinyl cladding is one of the less durable options but is normally more affordable. Fiberglass is arguably one of the best materials you can use since it is one of the most durable materials currently in manufacturing. It doesn't rot, warp, expand or succumb to corrosion.

4. What problems do cladded windows have?

The problems cladded windows can have depends on the cladding material you choose. For example, vinyl is known for its propensity to expand and contract in extreme climates. That can cause leakages and decrease your home's energy efficiency. 

5. Are clad windows worth it?

For all of the difficulties that might come up with the various cladding materials on windows, clad windows are still deemed a worthy purchase for a homeowner if you invest in durability. Although wooden windows have their benefits, they are not as long-lasting as cladded windows, which offer superior strength and longevity to wood windows.

It is always best to shop around a bit before making a final decision. Certain manufacturers may have increased prices or might not be willing to give you price breaks even if you need a substantial amount of windows. Therefore, we suggest looking at window manufacturers that are known nationally and local businesses with good product reputations.

6. Can clad windows be re-cladded?

Re-cladding clad windows is typically not a very worthy option. Typically, it is cheaper and better for energy efficiency if you replace the entire sash or even the full unit if applicable. Often, even if you decide to re-clad the window instead of investing in a new one, you will find the window's functionality impeded, and it may even leak.

7. Can I clad my windows?

Just as clad windows cannot easily be re-clad, non-clad windows are difficult to clad on your own. Window manufacturers produce cladded windows. It is not typically a good idea for the energy efficiency of your home and the functionality of your windows to try cladding them yourself.

8. Who sells cladded windows?

Since cladded windows have become such a popular option as replacement windows, most manufacturers sell various cladded window options. Some of these manufacturers include:

Cladded windows from top to bottom

Making a decision when it comes to replacement windows can be overwhelming since it incorporates quite the investment. Cladded windows offer a solution for homeowners who want to invest in wood windows but need additional assurance of durability. The most popular cladded wood windows among our customers are the Andersen E-Series windows. To learn more check out our related posts or visit our Andersen E-Series product pages.

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