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  • Wednesday July 30, 2014

    Milgard replacement quote

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    I got a quote recently and wanted to know your thoughts . I have 11 windows. 8 ARE TYPICAL SIZES, the other...

  • Monday July 28, 2014

    New construction question

    My wife and I are planning to build a home around Madison, WI with a big builder in the area. The standard...

  • Monday July 28, 2014

    Slider or Dual Casement in front of Kitchen Sink?

    I agree with the awning recommendation. You will lose a TON of glass with a twin casement in that size, I'd do the...

  • Friday July 25, 2014

    Spare parts for White Corona 4000 series Schuco windows

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  • Tuesday July 22, 2014

    Okna 700 casement vs Soft-Lite imperial LS and Elements

    Hello everyone,
    I am in the Elma/East Aurora, NY area (around Buffalo NY). I need to replace nine old Pella casement windows...

  • Sunday July 20, 2014

    Republic Window - pane removal?

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    I have a two-pane window, one fixed, one sliding, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to remove...

  • Tuesday July 15, 2014

    MI Windows & Doors

    Are these any good? They seem to be very popular in my neck of the woods of New Mexico. Their performance numbers seem...

  • Tuesday July 15, 2014

    Patio doors with the lowest air infiltration

    Does anyone know who makes a sliding patio door with decent air infiltration numbers? Unfortunately, the most well-regarded offerings (Okna, Soft-lite, Sunrise, etc)...

  • Sunday July 13, 2014

    How to get a Schuco window repaired?

    Windows4U, I contacted you before I bought them. You put me in touch with FenEx since I'm in the far north suburbs of...

  • Thursday July 10, 2014

    Okna window fan review

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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.