What are the Differences Between Vinyl, Fiberglass, Wood Clad & Aluminum Windows?

From vinyl, fiberglass, wood clad, and aluminum windows, who knew there were so many different options to choose from? And what choice is best for your home?
September 19, 2022

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Choosing windows for your home is often be more overwhelming than you originally thought. From vinyl, fiberglass, wood clad, and aluminum windows, who knew there were so many different options to choose from? And what choice is best for your home?

At Puget Sound Window & Door, our experts are ready to help walk you through the ins and outs of the differences of each window type so you can make an informed decision. With so many options available in today’s market, let's cover some basics of each to get you started.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are the most common choice for Americans because they are the most affordable option as well as energy efficient. This makes them accessible to most everyone while still being a great choice. 

They are made out of the same materials you use to make PVC pipes. Because of this, these windows require very little maintenance. They are also weather resistant which is great for the Seattle/Tacoma area. 

Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass windows are similar in energy efficiency to vinyl windows, but they typically cost a little more up front. This is because they are a bit more durable than the vinyl windows, so they will last a very long time no matter the weather or climate. This durability makes them a worthwhile investment for those looking for long-lasting windows.

These types of windows can also be painted any preferred color, which is a draw for customers as they can be customized to any design or style.

Wood Clad Windows

Wood clad windows have come a long way since their original wooden frame counterparts. No longer are they rickety, prone to getting stuck, and deterioration without proper care, wood clad windows meet the best of both worlds between traditional style and modern innovation.

What’s the difference between a wood clad window and a wooden window? A wood clad window isn’t built entirely out of wood. Rather, the interior frame (the one facing indoors) is made up of wood, while the exterior frame (facing outdoors) is another material, like vinyl or fiberglass. This ensures that you get that classic, stunning interior wood look paired with a durable, long-lasting vinyl or fiberglass exterior.

While they are one of the more expensive window options, wood clad windows lets you achieve that classic wood window look inside your home without worrying about the exterior being exposed to the elements.

Aluminum Windows

The final type of window we offer at Puget Sound Window & Door are aluminum windows.

Aluminum windows will not rot or mold and require very little maintenance from the owners. These modern style windows will also make your home feel chic and contemporary. Their low-maintenance care and sleek aesthetic makes them an attractive choice for many homeowners. 

Plus, they come in a range of price, from affordable, budget-friendly options up to higher-quality, more expensive ones. So if aluminum windows are what you envision for your home, you won’t be limited by budget.

Whatever you are looking for in a window, we have something for you at Puget Sound Window & Door. Stop by our showroom today to see examples of each window type and style to further help you narrow down your choice. Our local experts are well versed in what works best in the Seattle/Tacoma climate and can help you match windows to the style of your home. 


Puget Sound Window & Door provides top-tier, energy-efficient window and door installations and replacements across Puyallup, Tacoma, Seattle, and neighboring regions. Elevate your home's appeal and functionality today!
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