Stunning Aluminum-Clad Wood Windows for a Beautiful Interior & Low Maintenance Exterior
DunRite Windows & Doors installs replacement wood windows to homeowners in Scottsdale, AZ and the Phoenix metro area. In fact, aluminum-clad wood windows are one of our favorite high-end window products!
Every type of window offers pros and cons, depending on the materials used in its frame, and for the Phoenix metro area, we recommend aluminum-clad wood instead of an all-wood window. Sure, wood windows are easy to paint or stain, making it simple to ensure they complement the interior of your home, and can be milled into an unlimited variety of shapes and sizes. Plus, it’s very attractive. But on the flip side, all-wood windows are more expensive than other types of windows, and require consistent maintenance to last indefinitely.
Without regular care—especially in a dry climate like Phoenix—they will not last. Aluminum-clad wood features the same wood interior, but has a thin cladding of aluminum on the exterior, which makes it more energy efficient, and far less demanding in terms of maintenance.
There are also high-end fiberglass and vinyl windows available that require little-to-no maintenance, are energy-efficient, and strong enough to withstand three or more decades of Arizona weather. They cost less, too, since wood windows are typically the most expensive choice.
If we come out to your home to provide an estimate, we’re happy to discuss your options, the pros and cons of each, and which styles might best complement your home and budget.
“Sal was very responsive and interested in filling our needs and not just selling us a product. Great follow up throughout and everything was performed on schedule. The installation crew did a great job and everything looks great.
DunRite replaced fourteen windows.”
Wood window brands we carry…
Common questions about wood windows
Often the most expensive material choice in replacement windows for a home, there’s no denying that wood windows are gorgeous.
But before you buy, it’s important to realize they can be high maintenance, requiring a diligent eye to ensure moisture doesn’t enter the wood. Sanding them down, repainting or restaining, and watching for potential repair can be required annually to keep them weatherproof.
To get a similar look, DunRite often recommends one of our higher end aluminum-clad window products. From the inside of the home, it matches the appearance of an all-wood window, but the exterior is wrapped in aluminum to protect it from the elements and reduce maintenance.
If you’re interested in a high-end window like this, be sure to ask us about them!
If you already have wood windows in your home that show signs of extensive damage or rot, are difficult to open or close, or have fogged glass, then it could be time to replace them.
We offer wood windows from Andersen and Pella, both with exterior cladding to reduce maintenance, and a variety of styles and colors. Even different types of wood are available, ranging from Pine to Mahogany or Douglas Fir wood. We’d be happy to discuss which might fit your individual budget and home design.
We can also replace old wood windows with modern fiberglass, vinyl or composite options, too, if you’d like something with less maintenance, a thinner profile, or a more cost-effective approach. Because we sell and install multiple brands, we can easily discuss the pros and cons of each, and the wide variety of choices available.
Each brand we sell is carefully screened for quality, warranty and customer service, so you can have the best possible experience.
Wood windows are lovely to look at… but here’s the thing: they just don’t last in Arizona. Typically they can last for decades with the right upkeep, but here in the Valley of the Sun, even ideal maintenance won’t combat the fact that heat severely shortens their lifespan. Our dry climate dries them out, shrinking the wood, which can lead to cracks, water and termite damage, and broken seals.
Elegant, sure, and considered the Cadillac of windows, since they’re usually the most costly and attractive choice, but there is no comparison between a wood window and our #1 recommendation for higher end homes: fiberglass windows. These have an impressive lifespan, zero maintenance, a beautiful powder-coat finish that never needs repainting, and they’re far more energy efficient in a desert climate.
If you truly love the look of a wood window, some very nice options are available in an aluminum-clad wood product from both Pella and Andersen, and we’re happy to provide a cost estimate. The aluminum cladding protects the wood on the exterior of the home, and helps with energy efficiency.. although it remains less efficient than other product choices.
No, wood windows are not better than other choices of replacement windows in Arizona. DunRite Windows & Doors prefers fiberglass, followed by Andersen® Fibrex®, vinyl windows or aluminum-clad wood windows. They last longer, and have better energy efficiency than wood windows in the Sonoran Desert. Wood windows also require the most amount of maintenance, have the shortest lifespan, and are the most expensive.
If you live in the Phoenix or Scottsdale metro area, request an appointment if you’d like us to come out to your home to provide a cost estimate. We’d be happy to discuss the best options for your budget and style needs.
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Here’s What Our Customers Say…
The installers were efficient and cleaned everything up nicely. Our salesman, Sal, was awesome. He was very accommodating. He answered some questions for me about other windows and doors in my house. He offered my advice on some screen installation. He actually recommended a different type of company to complete the work I wanted done. (just like the movie Miracle on 34th Street). We were not happy with one of the choices we made with the door installation. We thought we would like our choice of framework but did not like the selection once it was up. Even though it was DunRite’s fault, they exchanged the section we were not happy with and did not charge us extra money for their time or the new materials.
I would highly recommend the company.