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Window Terminology (24)

Hello friends!

If you're anything like me then you've started a new job in a new industry and felt like everyone was talking a different language.   It's no different when you're shopping for something you've never shopped for before.

What kind of window is it?  A crank out?

What is the difference between a bay window and a bow window?

Argon or Krypton?

What does glazing mean?

Don't let a window salesmen overwhelm you with technology, terms and details.   Check out this easy to understand glossary of window terms and help get yourself to a place where you feel comfortable.

Did I miss anything?  ( I bet I did!)  Let me know!

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Air Chambers

Spaces built into a window frame that makes the window stronger and more energy efficient.  UniShield windows offer a foam fill in the air chambers for additional insulation.

Air Infiltration

Measures how much air can get through a window or door.   The lower the number, the better.

Aluminum Spacer

A window spacing option used in lower end windows.  Tends to conduct temperatures more from the outside to the inside and generally comes with a lower warranty.

Argon Gas

Common window insulator.  It is nontoxic, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas.  It is 6 times denser than air, and drastically reduces heat loss between the panes of glass.

Awning Window

Window style commonly used in basements, porches and spaces close to the ceiling.  Window operates like a  casement except  it is hinged at the top and always swings out.

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Balance

A mechanical device (normally spring-loaded) used in single- and double-hung windows as a means of counterbalancing the weight of the sash during opening and closing.  UniShield windows come with a true balance system, and no weights for a cleaner look and for consistent performance.

Bay Window

An arrangement of three or more individual window units, attached so as to project from the building at various angles. In a three-unit bay, the center section is normally fixed, with the end panels operable as double-hung or casement windows.

Bow Window

A rounded bay window with 5 or more sashes – often all of them open.

Building Permit

A requirement in most cities to ensure the installation meets state building code requirements.

 

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Casement

A window sash that swings open on side hinges.  Commonly referred to as a “Crank out”.

Caulking

A mastic compound for filling joints and sealing cracks to prevent leakage of water and air.   Caulking is typically used on the outside of your window during an install.

Condensation

The deposit of water vapor from the air on any cold surface whose temperature is below the dew point, such as a cold window glass or frame that is exposed to humid indoor air.

 

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Double Casement

Style of window where two individual casements are mulled together.

Double glazing

In general, two panes of glass separated by a spacer and air space within an opening to improve insulation against heat transfer and/or sound transmission. In factory-made double glazing units, the air between the glass sheets is thoroughly dried and the space is sealed airtight, eliminating possible condensation and providing superior insulating properties.

Double-hung window

A window consisting of two sashes operating in a rectangular frame, in which both the upper and lower halves can be slid up and down.  Sashes also tilt in for easy cleaning. A counterbalance mechanism usually holds the sash in place.

Double pane glass

Two panes of glass separated by a window spacer, creating the sash of the window.  UniShield replacement windows come in double pane and triple pane options.

 

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