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  • Writer's pictureKatelyn Tusing

Window Wrapping: The Good and The Bad

Our crew at Xtreme Home Products located in the heart of Downtown Mooresville, NC, wants to make sure we are teaching our customers about all of the things that are going on when we are installing our vinyl replacement windows. This blog is going to talk about the good and the bad of wrapping your windows. Wrapping replacement windows with aluminum is a common practice in the window installation industry, but whether or not it is a good idea depends on a number of factors.

Aluminum wrapping, also known as cladding, involves covering the exterior wood trim around a window with a sheet of aluminum. This can help to protect the wood from rot, decay, and insect damage, and also provides a low-maintenance finish that does not require painting. Aluminum wrapping adds more details to the exterior of the home, making everything flow together nicely.

Although it is rare that we see people not choose to wrap their windows there are some potential downsides to aluminum wrapping, especially if they are wrapped by someone who isn't familiar with wrapping. Here are some downsides we see with aluminum wrapped windows:

  • It can reduce the size of the window opening slightly, which can impact the amount of natural light that enters the room.

  • If the aluminum is not installed properly or if there are any gaps or holes in the wrapping, it can allow water to seep in behind the aluminum and cause damage to the underlying wood.

  • If the aluminum is not properly grounded, it can create a situation where electrical charges build up on the window frame, which can lead to electrical shocks.

Overall, aluminum wrapping can be a good idea in certain situations, such as in areas with high moisture or insect activity. However, it is important to work with a qualified window installer, like our crew, who can assess your specific situation and determine whether or not aluminum wrapping is the right choice for your replacement windows.

Contact us today at Xtreme Home Products, located in Mooresville NC, to get a free quote and learn more about our vinyl replacement windows, siding, and replacement exterior doors. We serve Statesville, Troutman, Asheville, Hendersonville, Winston Salem, Taylorsville, Hickory, Denver, Sherrills Ford, Mooresville, Newton, Concord, Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius, Lincolnton, Charlotte, and the surrounding areas.

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