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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Lake Forest Replacement Windows

If you have done your research and decided to spring for wood frames on your Lake Forest replacement windows, you may want to consider wood clad frames instead. While wood frames offer a gorgeous, classic look for your Lake Forest home, wood clad frames can also be attractive. Additionally, there are some drawbacks to having wood replacement frames on the windows of your CA home. With wood clad framed California replacement windows, you can get some of the visual benefits of wood, and all of the practical benefits of other frame types.

Is There Really any Difference?

So, what's the difference between installing wood frames and installing wood clad frames on your IL replacement windows? The answer to that is there is both not much of a difference, and there is a big difference all at the same time. This statement is intentionally confusing, because much of the decision between the two types will eventually come down to personal choice. However, there are some unique differences to consider.

Both Lake Forest framing types (wood and wood clad) for your replacement windows are made with wood. Both require regular upkeep such as sanding, varnish and painting. Both add a beautiful style to your California home. Both look classy and elegant when well kept, and both will last a long time when properly cared for.

So, what is the difference between these two options for your CA replacement windows? Wood clad is exactly as it sounds. A wood clad frame on your Lake Forest replacement windows is a wood frame on the inside, but the outer part is clad in another substance for added protection and a better seal on your California replacement windows. While the cladding substance varies, it is typically vinyl or fiberglass.

The benefit of this combination is that you get the look of wood inside your Lake Forest home, and the insulating benefits outside. Fiberglass and vinyl window frames act as better insulators for your CA house. Wood is a porous substance, so it can allow air to flow freely through it, even if a sealant is applied. Newer technologies in framing materials from replacement window providers are synthetic and therefore do not have the same problems.

Some people mistakenly think that this idea of the Lake Forest replacement windows being clad means the inner portion of the frame (the part that holds the glass in place) is wooden while the outside (the part that inserts into the jamb) is another substance. What actually happens is that the part of your Lake Forest replacement windows that faces the interior of your Lake Forest home is wood and the part that faces the exterior is clad. So, if you are considering wood framed Lake Forest replacement windows for the extra style they will add to the exterior of your home, wood clad is not the best option for you.

Wood vs. Wood Clad

So, what are the reasons you should pick wood clad window frames over all wood ones for your Lake Forest replacement windows? The first (and to some most important) reason is cost. Often wood clad Lake Forest frames are cheaper than all wood frames. Even if they are not (depending on the material used for the outside, the price can be the same or higher), the cost over time is less.

For example, with wood clad frames the wooden part is on the interior of the Lake Forest home. This means that the wood is not exposed to the external elements. This makes the varnish and or paint that is used on the wood last longer. If the finish lasts longer, there is less upkeep required. Less upkeep means less cost.

Additionally, the quality of sealant for the wood isn't as important. With Lake Forest replacement windows that have wood exposed to the outdoor elements, one must use a good wood seal. Sometimes, depending on the climate a marine varnish (varnish intended for and used on boats) is recommended or preferred. However, if the wood never sees the outdoors, this is unnecessary. Really the only type of seal you need on the indoor wood frame would be similar to whatever seal you use on your wooden furniture. This really saves a lot of time and money in the long run.

Another way you will save money in the long term with wood clad Lake Forest replacement windows as opposed to the all wood varieties is in your energy costs. Because the seal is better on the Lake Forest replacement windows with synthetic materials, you are able to better maintain an even atmosphere inside your home. This cuts down on the cost associated with your heating and cooling bills, and can make quite a difference for you.

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