It is an age-old, worldwide understanding that if you want to get what you asked for then you need to communicate your desires clearly. It is true for all circles of life, and it is no different for window and door replacement. That is why it is absolutely necessary to know some common vocabulary as you begin to do your research into replacement windows. Not only will it pay off during the consultation process, but it will also keep you tuned in during the installation, and help get your windows serviced when they need it.
That isn’t to say you have to become an expert, knowing what some basic terminology means can go a long way.
There are three groups of words worth knowing when it comes to custom windows and doors: Product includes the different styles of windows, Parts include accessories and mechanisms, and Structure includes existing components around a window and door.
a crank operated window that opens outward. The benefit of this window is that it provides excellent ventilation while offering superior air tightness. Casement windows use compression seals for maximum energy efficiency.
bars that divide a window into smaller decorative panes. Grilles are a decorative feature and can be arranged in a variety of patterns.
High Profile window:
Low Profile window:
another way to say fixed
a light gauge aluminum covering that is custom-shaped and installed over any exterior exposed surfaces of window frames for weather protection and a finished appearance.
a decorative moulding used to close the gap between wall and jamb extension. Can be made from vinyl and wood.
a decorative corner piece that connects the horizontal casing to the vertical casing.
an assembly of vertical and horizontal members in the shape of a frame made for holding the sash or the sealed unit.
a piece of material that covers the exposed part of the rough opening while connecting the casing to the frame of the window.
Multi Point Lock:
an assembly of vertical and horizontal members in the shape of a frame made for holding the sealed unit.
Window Drainage Flap:
A combination of wall assembly members prepared to accept the window, includes Header, Studs, and Window Sill
any compound used to fill and seal joints or openings in wood, metal, masonry, and other materials. A sealer is a liquid that seals a leaky surface
Now that you are a little bit more familiar with window terminology you can accurately communicate with sales representatives, installers, and service technicians alike to express your ideas and clarify lingering questions.
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