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What are the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl-clad with wood interior vs. all-vinyl windows?

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The advantages of vinyl-clad windows include durability, little need for maintenance and high insulation. The advantages of all-vinyl windows include little need for maintenance and high return on investment. Both types can be difficult to paint and the vinyl can become discolored, but vinyl-clad and all-vinyl windows share many advantages.

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Vinyl-clad windows are made of wood and have a vinyl coating on the exterior. These windows can be painted on the inside of the house to any desired color. The vinyl on the outside makes them durable, with very little maintenance, such as painting, needed over the life of the window. Vinyl-clad windows provide high insulation and are appropriate for areas that experience very cold winters or very hot summers. Because the windows retain their shape in harsh conditions, they remain airtight over time, making them very efficient. Vinyl-clad windows have a high return on investment. However, the vinyl on the windows can discolor over time and they can be very difficult to paint.

All-vinyl windows are very low-maintenance and provide efficient insulation. The color of the vinyl runs throughout the material, so scratches do not reveal themselves obviously. They can be purchased in a variety of price ranges and performance levels, with a high return on investment expected. However, all-vinyl windows can expand and contract over time, therefore, they may require periodic caulking and insulation replacement for the windows to perform well.

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