Common Replacement Window Terms
Home windows are designed for residential use.
The window sash holds the window pane in place of the window frame. A window sash can be found in double hung and single hung windows. Windows that operate on a hinge will not have a window sash.
Window frames are what hold the glass in place in a window.
The window pane is the sheet of glass that rests in the window. There are a variety of window pane options, including double pane, triple pane and energy efficient coating like Low-E.
Low-E is a glass coating on the window that creates the reflection of infrared radiation. This allows heat to stay in your home during the winter and keep the heat out during the summer.
Argon gas is inert and non-toxic. It is placed in between window panes to create insulation which allow the windows to become more energy efficient.
Bay windows are created from a combination of three different windows. Installation for bay windows can be at a variety of angles which depends on how far the window extends from the home.
Bow windows are created from a combination of six different windows in an arc design. Bow windows usually consist of hung windows or, single hung windows.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows functionality comes from a window sash that allows the window to slide up and down. With this type of window, both panes move easily and include a tilt-in feature which allows for safe and easy cleaning.
Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows are similar to double hung windows. The only difference for single hung window is that the top pane is stationary.
Awning windows do not use a window sash to operate. The window’s hinges are attached to the wall at the top of the window. This causes the window to open outward using a hand crank.
Casement windows consist of a hinge attached to the wall which allows the window to open like a book. Hand cranks are used to open and close the window.
Garden windows jut out from the house’s exterior in order to capture sunlight. The garden window is similar to a bay window in concept, but are on a smaller scale. Garden windows also include screened twin-sealing vents and has a deep shelf as base for additional storage.
Sliding windows move via a rail system which consists of a fixed pane and a sliding pane.