Window Installation

Common Terms

Wood Windows are not used as much now as in the past. If wood windows are used they are normally clad or covered with a vinyl or metal cladding.

Glazing refers to the actual window pane.

Aluminum Window Size as well as some vinyl windows are expressed as the width first and then the height. A window size that is expressed as a 3050 window is 3 ft. wide and 5ft. in height. A window size that is expressed as 3644 window is 3 ft 6 in. wide and 4 ft 4 in.in height. Some wood window sizes are expressed differently. A wood window size might be expressed as 3660. This window size would be 3 ft. wide and 5 ft. in height.

Low E window term refers to a low emittance coating that is applied to the surface of a window pane. This coating is almost invisible and is used to reflect certain wave lengths or frequencies of sunlight.

Tinted Windows have a coating applied that reduces the heat and gives the glass a color. The most common colors are amber and gray.

Single Hung Window is a window which has only one operable sash. As in an aluminum window, the only sash that is operable is the bottom sash.

Double Hung Window has two operable sashes. A wood window normally has two operating sashes.

Window Fin or nailing fin is the metal strip around the perimeter of the window. This strip allows the window to be nailed to the wall sheathing.

Window Balance is a mechanical device which acts as a counter weight to assist in the opening and closing of the windows. In old wood windows, the window balances were weights tied to ropes inside the window jambs.

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