Aluminum-Clad Windows and Traditional Wood-Frame Windows

Sponsored by Ply Gem Windows

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the different window cladding options available today.
  2. Explain the performance and functional benefits of clad wood windows.
  3. Understand how window materials can impact performance and cost.
  4. List the aesthetic benefits of designing with aluminum-clad wood windows.
  5. Describe the sustainable and economic benefits of specifying aluminum-clad wood windows that offer competitive features at a fraction of the cost.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

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This course will provide the architect with an overview of different window materials and options available today, as well as an explanation of some of the main criteria used to evaluate windows.

Also, this course will discuss paint, finish, and design options of clad windows, as well as the specific base materials used to clad wood windows.

Finally, this course will explore the benefits of aluminum as a choice for cladding and address some of the common misperceptions about aluminum-clad wood windows.

Photo of windows.

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Ply Gem Windows Ply Gem (NYSE: PGEM) is a leading North American manufacturer of building products, headquartered in Cary, N.C. With a focus on functionality, performance and aesthetic design, Ply Gem delivers window and patio door solutions to help architects plan and execute tailor-made residential and commercial projects, from entry level to luxury. Ply Gem is a partner in your business, offering products with superior craftsmanship, innovation, energy efficiency and beauty, plus the tools to help generate leads and cultivate loyal customer relationships. In addition to windows and patio doors, Ply Gem produces a comprehensive product portfolio, including siding and accessories, engineered roofing, designer accents, cellular PVC trim and mouldings, vinyl fencing and railing, stone veneer and gutterware.