What is a Vinyl Clad Window? (And is it Right for You)

April 17, 2023

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Are you currently shopping for new windows? There are plenty of options to choose from. You can go with a traditional type, such as single or double-hung windows. Or you could get picture windows installed. You could even go all the way out and get customized windows. After knowing the style of window that you want, you will also want to consider the material. There are many types of materials for windows, including wood, aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl windows, and vinyl-clad.

You may have heard of all these types of materials except vinyl clad. What is a vinyl-clad window, and what are some things to consider when purchasing this type of window?

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What Is a Vinyl Clad Window? 

Vinyl-clad windows are windows that have vinyl on the exterior side of the window with another material on the inside. For instance, there may be wood windows on the interior, while vinyl is on the exterior. The reason why such windows exist is that they provide customers with the beauty and luxury of wood material on the inside with a much more durable option, such as vinyl on the outside. This makes these windows a much more lower maintenance option than all wood windows. They also come in various colors. So if you prefer a certain wood type on the inside but want all-white vinyl or all-black vinyl on the exterior, this option makes it possible. An all-vinyl window would most likely come in one color on the interior and exterior. This is one of the distinguishing factors between vinyl windows and vinyl-clad. 

Cost of Vinyl Clad Windows

According to Modernize, regular vinyl windows cost between $391 to $834 per window, including labor and installation costs. The price of vinyl-clad windows will go up or down depending on the type of interior material that you choose. The type of window you choose can also affect the cost of this window. The size and number of windows may also factor into the final cost of the windows. To get an accurate price on the cost of these windows installed, it is ideal to contact a window installation company to get a written quote. 

Advantages of Vinyl Clad Windows

You may wonder why you should choose vinyl-clad windows instead of all wood or all vinyl. With wood, durability and maintenance may be an issue. Wood may not last as long as other window types. Also, to keep them from chipping, splintering, or sustaining damages, you will have to get regular maintenance on them. This may also include painting or staining the windows regularly.

With all vinyl windows, durability and maintenance won’t be much of a concern. However, the limitation in buying all vinyl windows is that they will probably come in one color on the interior and exterior. 

Vinyl-clad windows give you the best of both worlds. If you want the rich beauty of windows on the interior of your home to fit in with your home decor but want low maintenance on the exterior, these windows will do the job. 

What To Consider When Getting Vinyl Clad Windows

When purchasing vinyl-clad windows, there are a few things that you would want to consider. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're shopping for them. 


One of the most important factors to consider when buying vinyl-clad windows is the brand. There are many types of window brands on the market. According to Architectural Digest, seven of the best windows for  your home are as follows:

  • Anderson
  • Champion Windows
  • Castle Windows
  • Marvin Windows
  • Harvey Windows and Doors
  • Milgard Windows
  • Pella

When shopping for vinyl-clad windows, keep these brands in mind. However, there will be plenty of other options to choose from. 

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Another consideration is style. Keep in mind that vinyl-clad is the material for the window, not the type of window. So you will have to choose the style of window that you want and ensure that they provide a vinyl-clad option. Here are some common window styles.

  • Single-hung
  • Double-hung
  • Awning
  • Casement
  • Bay windows
  • Bow windows
  • Picture windows
  • Custom windows

The most common type of windows is the single-hung and double-hung window options. This is a traditional window in which there is an upper part and a lower part, and the lower part raises up and down. With a single-hung window, the upper part usually doesn’t move. However, with a double-hung window, the lower and upper parts move. If you are replacing your existing windows, 

Interior Options

When buying vinyl-clad windows, it is also a good idea to determine what type of interior material you want. Many homeowners like to purchase these types of windows in wood because they love the beauty and elegance of wood but don’t want to high maintenance. Traditional wood windows require a lot of maintenance on the exterior, particularly in terms of painting them. On the inside of the house, wood is protected from the elements. Basic cleaning will keep these windows looking great on the interior. The vinyl will protect the exterior from wear and tear.  


Another factor to keep in mind is durability. Wood is not the most durable option on the market. These windows may last upwards of 15 years if properly maintained. But wood coupled with a material like vinyl on the exterior may allow such windows to last upwards of 40 years. On average, wood-clad vinyl windows may last approximately 20 years. 


When shopping for windows, make sure you find out how long your warranties last and what they cover. Not all warranties are created equal. A warranty may cover the glass, the frame, and the installation. These parts' coverages will vary from brand to brand. So make sure that you know the warranty lengths and what they cover before you purchase your vinyl-clad windows. 

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Would you like to learn more about vinyl-clad windows or other types of windows for your home? The windows installation experts at Fort Worth Home Window Replacement are ready to answer your questions and provide you with a FREE quote. Call (817) 242-4332 today for more information.

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