cross section of a window showing the exterior clad protecting the wood surfaces of a window
Photo: John O'Hagan
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What's a Clad Window?

Paint is the traditional way to protect wood windows from the elements, but it requires ongoing maintenance to keep the finish intact. Cladding the exposed exterior with vinyl, aluminum (left), or copper eliminates the work while maintaining the look of wood inside your house. Easy upkeep doesn't come cheap, though. Prices for a 36-by-54-inch double-hung window start at about $285 for vinyl cladding and about $475 for aluminum, and go up to $1,400 for copper.
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