Which Replacement Windows are Better, Vinyl or Wood Clad?

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Replacing old windows can improve the look of your home as well as increase the energy efficiency. With the large variety of window options available, it can be challenging to figure out which replacement windows are the best choice for your home.

The two most popular window options are vinyl or wood clad, but how do you know which one to select? Before installing replacement windows, it helps to learn all you can about the different options in order to make an informed decision you can feel confident about.

What are the Benefits of Vinyl Windows?

  • Durable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low environmental impact
  • Suitable for every window
  • Affordability

What are the Benefits of Wood Clad Windows?

  • More attractive
  • Energy efficient
  • Noise resistant
  • Eco friendly
  • Customizable

How do Vinyl and Wood Stack Up Against Each Other?

Both vinyl and wood windows are great in their own right. Modern technology has made all windows so much better than they were years ago, so budget and style play a huge part in which windows you’ll choose for your home.

Energy Efficiency

In terms of energy efficiency, both vinyl and wood clad perform very similarly, which should give homeowners some peace of mind in knowing that both options should vastly improve the energy efficiency of their home.

Upkeep and Maintenance

In terms of upkeep and maintenance, wood clad windows definitely require more maintenance than vinyl. Wood needs to be re-stained or repainted every few years to help protect them against the elements. In contrast, vinyl windows require very little maintenance after they’re installed. Vinyl won’t ever need to be painted or stained and will only require a good washing once a year or as needed.

Custom Options

If a custom look is what you’re going for, wood clad definitely wins in this category as they can be re-painted or re-stained another color. Unlike wood clad, vinyl can’t ever be painted or stained, so what you see is what you get. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be customized to some extent. While it may seem like vinyl windows only come in white, that isn’t the case. Vinyl can come in a variety of different colors and finishes to match your home. If you love the look of wood clad but are leaning toward vinyl, it may surprise you to learn that vinyl can also be outfitted in a woodgrain laminate that comes in a variety of wood grain finishes like oak, cherry, or maple. You can even have it stained to match your wood floors and cabinets.

Cost Factors

In terms of cost, vinyl windows are cheaper than wood clad by about 18 percent, helping to recoup more of your investment in the long run. In terms of cost, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost can be affected by a number of factors though, such as the window style, custom options, number of windows needed, and the contractor or installer you choose. It’s a good idea to speak to a professional installation company early in your planning to get a more detailed and accurate estimate.

Which one do I Choose?

This is something that you’ll need to decide for yourself when installing replacement windows as it really depends on your own personal wants and needs. If you’re looking for a low maintenance, lower cost option, then vinyl windows would be the better choice. However, if you’re one who likes to change the color frequently or are looking for a more custom or traditional look to the outside of your home, then wood clad might be a better option.

Regardless of which window option you choose, you’re still going to receive the benefits of an improved aesthetic, along with an increase in the energy efficiency of your home.  We pride ourselves in over 75 years of home improvement experience and we are a local company you can trust. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today to schedule a virtual appointment with our installation experts! It’s a great time to make some improvements to your home, and new windows can make a huge impact on the look and feel of your house. Let’s talk soon.


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