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  • Monday March 2, 2015

    Good Installer in phoenix Area? Getting Sticker Shock

    I currently live in a home where basically all the windows are double paned, except for the master bedroom.
    I knew it wasn't...

  • Monday March 2, 2015

    Okna 800 and 500 Exteriors match?

    The exterior profile is only slightly different.
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  • Saturday February 28, 2015

    V-Class by Sunrise Windows

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  • Wednesday February 25, 2015

    Double vs Triple in Ohio

    Settling in on my window purchase and going over the details, and I’m trying to decide on Double vs Triple pane glass.
    I...

  • Tuesday February 24, 2015

    Problem with Gorell slider door

    I am having a problem with my Gorell slider door.
    It seems that during extremely cold temperatures (-12 degrees this morning), the door...

  • Tuesday February 24, 2015

    ViWinTech windows vs. Simonton Profinish or 5500?

    I am a homeowner going through a major remodel. I've been planning on the Simonton. We are re-doing all siding and changing...

  • Friday February 20, 2015

    Choice of Windows, 2 homes

    Hi Everyone,
    I have 2 homes that require windows.
    1. 25 year old town house, eventually will sell in 1-2 years, need...

  • Thursday February 19, 2015

    Seeking advise for mid range windows selection in North East

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  • Sunday February 15, 2015

    Burris in Houston, how are they value for money

    Any comment Burris AC single hung in Houston for about $8K with 366 glass. Should we keep looking, any other windows with better...

  • Sunday February 15, 2015

    Okna vs Sunrise

    We have been quoted both Starmark (Okna)with krypton gas and Sunrise w/ultra plus and Apex (in bathroom) with argon gas. They both seem...

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Vinyl Window Essentials

 

Diagram of window

1. Head
The top part of the window frame, going across from one side to another.

2. Jamb
The vertical portions of the window frame that make up its sides.

3. Frame
The entire window's outside edges, or the head, jambs and sill combined.

4. Glazing
Any glass within the entire construct of the window.

5. Pane
A single piece of glass separated by pieces of the window itself.

6. Sash
Stiles and rails, which surround each pane, combine to form a single sash.

7. Sill
This is the lower equivalent of the head, and protrudes from the wall slightly.

8. Muntin Bar
A muntin bar creates a boundary between individual window panes.

Common Types of Windows

Single-Hung/Double Hung
Double-hung window- Sashes slide vertically
- In single-hung units, the bottom sash is the only sash that moves.
- Ventilation regulated by widening vertical crack with bottom sash
- Screens possible on exterior / interior.
Casement
Casement window- Hinges are located on one side
- Low air leakage rates (tighter seal than sliding windows)
- Better ventilation (larger area open to outside)
- Can catch passing breezes (window protrudes outside into wind)
- Screens installed on interior
Awning
Awning window- Similar to casement windows, but hinges at top
- Also open outward and lower leakage rates
Bay Window
Bay window- Combination of three-plus windows
- Center made of one or more windows parallel with wall
- Outer windows angled back towards wall
Bow Window
Bow window- Similar to bay window, more actual windows
- Radiate out to form semi-circle
Fixed Frame
Fixed frame window- Used mainly for adding exterior light to rooms
- Does not open or move
- Provides no ventilation
Skylight
Skylight window- Installed in ceiling
- Parallel to roof
- Some models can open and provide ventilation
- Brings in more sunlight than a traditional wall window<
Slider
Slider window- Similar to single/double hung windows, but turned on their side
- Either one or both sashes will be able to move and slide
- Provides ventilation as opening is widened by sashes.