Common Replacement Window Terms
The window sash keeps the window pane in place in the window frame. Double hung windows contain a window sash. A window sash are not part of windows that operate on a hinge.
Window frames keep the glass in place inside a window.
The window pane is a sheet of glass that lays inside the window. Window panes come in a variety of options such as double pane, triple pane and energy efficient coating.
Argon gas is a gas that non-toxic and inert. The gas is placed between window panes which creates insulation. This allows the window to be more energy efficient.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows use a window sash which allow the window to slide up and down. Both panes move easily and include a tilt-in feature which makes cleaning safe and easy.
Slider windows work by a pair of rollers that are inside a reinforced rail system which allows for easy opening and closing.
Picture windows are inoperable. Since picture windows do not open, they are energy efficient because they are completely sealed.
Casement windows include a hinge that is connected to the wall which allows the window to open similar to a book. One must use a hand crank to open a casement window.
Bay windows are made from three windows at a variety of angles, varying on how far from a home they extend out from.
Bow windows are made from multiple windows in a 180 degree arc design which creates an expansive feeling to a home.
Garden windows extend out from the home and have glass on all four sides which looks similar in appearance to a greenhouse. Garden windows also have side vents and a deep shelf as base for additional storage.
Awning windows hinges are attached to the wall at the top of the window and must use a hand crank to open the window outward.
Hopper windows are most common in basements or bathrooms. Hopper windows are similar to casement windows. They are both attached with a hinge to the frame and open from the top using a handle.
Custom Shaped Windows
Custom shaped windows are perfect for out of the ordinary sized window and as an above door window.