Vinyl Clad Windows | Basics, Prices & Advantages
Vinyl clad windows are frames that use vinyl on the outside and wood on the inside. They are a great choice in extreme climates as they have outstanding insulating properties which can reduce energy bills for heating and cooling with their excellent energy efficiency rating. Discover the basics, costs and advantages that they offer homeowners.
Vinyl Clad Basics
Vinyl clad windows are popular because they offer the beauty of wood frames on the inside and the durability and low maintenance on the outside. Well made vinyl clad windows can be nearly impossible to tell the apart from solid wood frames. They are manufactured by a large number of vinyl window companies and are available in a variety of colors and styles. They are practically maintenance free and can last longer than solid wood frames.
Costs & Pricing
Prices: $600 to $1,000 installed
Because you are buying the protection of vinyl on the outside with an attractive wood on the inside, these tend to be near the top end of the cost spectrum. The window itself may run you $450 to $800, along with the cost of installation which we will estimate at $100 to $200 per opening.
The biggest advantage of vinyl clad windows is that there is no need to paint. Wood frames need frequent repainting to keep them protected from the elements. The vinyl layer provides protection without the need to paint or weather proof the surface regularly.
Why Not Aluminum?
Aluminum is the other material often used to clad wooden windows. Vinyl, however, has some advantages over aluminum. Like all metals, aluminum conducts heat and become very hot in warm climates. Aluminum is also vulnerable to corrosion in salty air or other bad conditions.
Fewer Color Options
Vinyl clad windows come in a smaller range of colors than non cladded windows. Most are available in neutral, gray, or white tones. These are suitable for most homes and the color is rarely a concern.
Aluminum holds up well in extreme cold. Vinyl can break when exposed to below freezing temperatures. While most areas don't have prolonged weather that can damage the material, in some regions it is a concern.